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UN report says at least 206 international companies tied to Israeli settlements

Feb. 1, 2018 5:08 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 4, 2018 5:07 P.M.)
Israeli settlements in the background (AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report on Wednesday identifying 206 companies from around the world that are doing business linked to Israeli settlements, which are built in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.

The long-delayed report was initially intended to include the names of companies, but reportedly after intense pressure from the US and Israel, the published report included only the number of companies from each country, rather than naming them.

"Businesses play a central role in furthering the establishment, maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements," the UN report said.

"In doing so, they are contributing to Israel's confiscation of land, facilitate the transfer of its population into the Occupied Palestinian Territory and are involved in the exploitation of Palestine's natural resources.”

The report noted that the majority of the countries on the list, 143, are located inside Israel and the settlements themselves, while the second largest group, number 22 countries, are located in the US.

The remaining companies are located in 19 other countries. The UN report added that the database was not yet complete.

Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon, who himself lives in an illegal settlement, strongly condemned the report, calling it shameful and a “disgraceful blacklist.”

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law

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