- Title: Netanyahu rejects U.N. report on companies involved with Israeli settlements
- Date: 12th February 2020
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (FEBRUARY 12, 2020) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF VIEW OF "PAZ" FUEL STATION IN KIRYAT ARBA SETTLEMENT WHICH IS MENTIONED IN THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE REPORT AS ONE OF THE COMPANIES TO HAVE BUSINESS TIES TO ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS VARIOUS OF KIRYAT ARBA SETTLEMENT
- Embargoed: 26th February 2020 20:22
- Keywords: Companies Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Jewish settlements Palestinians UN United Nations
- Location: JERUSALEM / HEBRON, RAMALLAH AND GUSH ETZION, WEST BANK/ UNKNOWN LOCATION, ISRAEL
- City: JERUSALEM / HEBRON, RAMALLAH AND GUSH ETZION, WEST BANK/ UNKNOWN LOCATION, ISRAEL
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001C0B2CSN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday (February 12) denounced a long-delayed U.N. report listing companies that have business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
"The U.N. Human Rights Council is a biased and uninfluential body," Netanyahu said in a statement. "Instead of dealing with human rights this body is trying to blacken Israel's name. We reject any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust."
The United Nations' human rights office on Wednesday named 112 companies it said have business ties to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, angering Israel and prompting a Palestinian threat of legal action against the firms.
It said 94 of the companies were domiciled in Israel and 18 were listed in six other countries -- the United States, Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Thailand and France.
Inclusion on the list has no immediate legal implications for the companies. Though Palestinians and much of the world view the settlements as illegal under international law, the United States and Israel dispute this.
But the issue is highly sensitive as companies named could be targeted for boycotts or divestment aimed at stepping up pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements.
"I am conscious this issue has been, and will continue to be, highly contentious," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki welcomed the report as a "victory for international law" and urged U.N. member states to issue instructions to the companies listed "to end their work immediately with the settlement system".
(Production: Dedi Hayun, Ilan Rosenberg, Saed Howari, Suheir Sheikh)
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