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U.N. Releases List of 100 Companies Linked to Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements

HeadlineFeb 13, 2020

The United Nations human rights office has released a list of more than 100 companies linked to the Jewish-only settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law. The long-awaited report included 94 companies based in Israel and 18 international companies, which it said are complicit in the violation of Palestinians’ human rights. The companies include Airbnb, the American Israeli Gas Corporation, Delta Israel, the Bank of Jerusalem, Expedia, Booking.com, General Mills, TripAdvisor and Motorola. This is Rupert Colville of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Rupert Colville: “The fact-finding mission highlighted 10 types of business activities it viewed as being of particular concern, given the well-established illegal nature of the settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and their impact on the daily lives and the human rights of the Palestinian people on whose land the settlements have been built and continue to be built.”

The U.N. report does not accuse the companies of violating international law, but it does come amid the global nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that calls for the boycott of companies linked to illegal settlements.

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