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US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he was “outraged” after the U. N. a list of more than 100 companies, which it said will be published in violation of the Palestinian human rights for the operation within Israeli settlements in the disputed territory of the West Bank.
The database was created largely to name and shame companies with a contribution to the settlements, deemed illegal by much of the international community.
“The publication confirms the relentless anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations,” Pompeo said in a statement. The U. N. list of non-no penalties to impose on the company or to accuse them of acting illegally.
Pompeo said, the list supports a pro-Palestinian boycott movement, known as BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions — and called on all U. N. member States to reject the effort.
The list, which is delayed by the U. N. Human Rights Council in 2016 and for a long time, contains a majority of Israeli companies, including banks and construction companies as well as international companies from the United States, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom.
Travel company Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Opodo were under the name of the US company.
Other brands such as food manufacturer General Mills — known for such products as Cheerios and Pillsbury — technology and communications giants Motorola and Altice Europe, infrastructure companies such as France’s Egis Rail and Alstom, and the UK-based JC Bamford excavators are also on the list.
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Palestinians seek the West Bank and East Jerusalem by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, are parts of an independent state, and much of the world considers it illegal for Israel to settle there. The West Bank is currently home to over 2.8 million Palestinian Arabs and 400,000 Jews in the 127 municipalities, commonly referred to as settlements.
In November 2019, said Pompeo America, not the Israeli settlements are considered to be in violation of international law and alleged that the Trump administration believes that they are necessary to preserve Israeli security.
“The trump administration, the Obama administration’s resistance against Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” Pompeo said at the time. “The establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is not incompatible with international law.”
Israel’s acting minister for foreign Affairs, Israel Katz, called the publication of the list of a “shameful surrender” to countries and organizations that want to hurt Israel. He accused the Council, with the support of a global anti-Israel boycott movement.
“The state of Israel will not accept discriminatory and anti-Israel policies, and we will avoid in every possible way that such decisions are carried out,” he said.
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The Palestinian foreign Minister, Riad Malki, welcomed the list as a “victory for international law and for diplomatic efforts, in order to dry the sources of the colonial system, represented by illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
The Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh urged the company to shut down their operations in the settlements, threatening international legal action.
“We demand that the company immediately in the vicinity of their headquarters and branches located within illegal Israeli settlements, since their presence contradicts international and U. N. resolutions,” Shtayyeh posted on Facebook. “We keep track of the companies listed in the report by law through international legal institutions and courts in their countries for participating in human rights violations in Palestine.”
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President Trump has previously accused the human rights Council of anti-Israel bias, and he moved to the US it in the year 2018, criticizing the U. N. for the assumption that the countries, which his government have said, repeatedly violated human rights. The human rights Council consists of 47 member States, incuding Venezuela, China, Russia, and Sudan.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Nick Givas contributed to this report.