UN Human Rights Council creating blacklist of Israeli companies in the West Bank

BDS initiative at the United Nations results in blacklist to be produced as early as March

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The United Nations Human Rights Council is reportedly compiling a list of Israeli enterprises from within the West Bank with efforts to blacklist such companies in the near future.

The move comes from the efforts of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions Movement (BDS). BDS, a global movement created in 2005 that targets Israeli companies, products and academia in efforts to convince and implicate boycotts, divestments and sanctions.

The movement claims its efforts are to pressure Israel to “end its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall”, “recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality” and “respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties…”

According to reports, the United Nations Human Rights Council is already creating the blacklist and it could be released as early as March. The blacklist comes just a few weeks following the passing of Resolution 2334 that claims Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem as illegal. The list reportedly will include enterprises within the West Bank with efforts to expand to the Golan Heights and Jerusalem.

In December of 2016, the blacklist first came into headlines when the Fifth Committee of the United Nations allocated funds for the blacklist. Reports claim that the General Assembly’s Administrative and Budgetary Committee designated over $130,000 for the creation of the database.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor reacted to the blacklist by stating “There is a structural, institutional bias against Israel and approving money to blacklist the Israeli companies is helping the BDS movement basically another opportunity for the UN to single out Israel. There is nothing constructive here- this will not lead to anything but more violence in the region.”