The United Nations Human Rights Council has published a report listing the names of West Bank-based settlements companies in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution passed in 2016. According to the UN, 112 businesses appear to have a reasonable basis for There are connections to settlements - 94 of them in Israel and 18 in six other countries.
The report is for public knowledge, and it is not a UN sanctions on Israel and the settlements. The list may be used by anti-settlement activists around the world to exert pressure on their governments not to invest in companies listed there. However, immediate damage to the businesses mentioned in the document is not expected. The initial database is quite small, and in the future more companies should be added.
Listed companies include Airbnb (which announced that it will stop posting rental ads and repatriation), Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, Booking.com, Bezeq, Cellcom, Dor Alon, Delek Group, Bank of Jerusalem, Coffee Cafe, Delta, Egged, Hot Mobil , Discount Bank, Lines, Mekorot Company, Naaman, Paz, Pelephone, Rami Levy, Shufersal, Sonol, Tripadvisor, IS, Bezeq International, Coca-Cola, Africa Israel, Nature, IDB, Elbit Systems, Love, Amiragas, Angel Bakeries , Arison Investments, Ashdar, Danya Cebus, Electra, Aerospace Industries, Matrix Systems, Motorola, Nesher, Partner and Housing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the list was released, "Those who have been confiscated will be confiscated themselves. The UN Human Rights Council is a biased and influential body. It's not because I already ordered to cut off any connection with this body, and not because the US government has taken this step with us. "Netanyahu also said that" In recent years, we have passed laws in most US states that require action against anyone who seeks to boycott Israel. This body is insignificant. Instead of treating human rights, the organization is simply trying to discredit Israel. We reject this experience with all validity and disgust. "
Israel and the US conducted intensive diplomatic contacts in an attempt to curb the resolution against the settlements. The proposal obliges the organization to formulate a list of all Israeli and international companies that operate directly or indirectly in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights, and update it once a year. , The UN Human Rights Council asks the UN Commissioner for Human Rights to formulate "a database of all business (Israeli and international) companies involved in settlement activity."
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ashiya said in response to the publication of the list that the authority would demand compensation from the companies listed there for exploiting Palestinian territory for economic gain without being subject to its laws. He said, "We will pursue the companies mentioned in the UN Human Rights Commission report through the international organizations and tribunals of those companies for being partners in human rights violations." Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Maliki called the publication of the list "a victory for international law and the Palestinian diplomatic effort to dry the sources of colonialism expressed in the illegitimate settlement enterprise in the occupied territories."
The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Pato Bensuda, in December ruled that there was a basis for an investigation against Israel following its actions in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. According to the plaintiff, Pato Basuda, there is reason to believe that Israel has committed war crimes against the Palestinians. The plaintiff also seeks to investigate suspected war crimes of Hamas and other Palestinian factions. In essence, the court first asked the court to decide the question of the jurisdiction of the tribunal in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The prosecutor's office in the International Criminal Court has been conducting a preliminary investigation for several years on whether to launch an investigation against Israel, following inquiries from Palestinians.