To support the BDS movement, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday published a blacklist of more than 112 companies operating in Judea and Samaria, which the UN calls “occupied territories.” While not the “stated” purpose of the list, its publication will aid those engaging in the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it had identified 112 business entities, 94 are Israeli companies, and 18 of them call other countries home, including the United States, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Luxembourg. As of yet, there is no word whether or not France surrendered and turned over all of its Jews to the UN.
Among the companies on the UN’s anti-Semitic naughty list are General Mills (say goodbye to Häagen-Dazs and “me” Lucky Charms) Air-BNB, which was boycotting Judea and Samaria for a while, Expedia, Motorola, and Trip Advisor among others.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the release of the list and issued the following statement:
I am outraged that High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet published a database of companies operating in Israeli-controlled territories. The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database, which was mandated by the discredited UN Human Rights Council in 2016. Its publication only confirms the unrelenting anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations. The United States has not provided, and will never provide, any information to the Office of the High Commissioner to support compilation of these lists and expresses support for U.S. companies referenced. We call upon all UN member states to join us in rejecting this effort, which facilitates the discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) campaign and delegitimizes Israel. Attempts to isolate Israel run counter to all of our efforts to build conditions conducive to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that lead to a comprehensive and enduring peace.
NGO Monitor Legal Advisor Anne Herzberg explained:
This list was made in conjunction with pro-BDS and PFLP-linked NGOs. All countries targeted by OHCHR, particularly Israel and the United States, should reassess their relationships with Commissioner Bachelet’s office, including canceling all cooperation and the millions of dollars and euros provided to her each year in funding. The maligned companies should begin assessing plans to take legal action against the UN officials who prepared the list and those who will propagate their false claims.
While the publishing of this list is a disgusting example of the UN’s hatred of Jews and Israel, sadly it is not surprising. During her term at the UN, US Ambassador to the Nikky Haley called the UNHRC the United Nation’s “greatest failure” and condemned it as a “cesspool of political bias.”
The UN Human Right’s Council has been biased against Israel since it was formed in 2006:
- The UNHRC has passed nearly 80 resolutions condemning the Jewish state since its inception in 2006, virtually the same number as it has levied against all other countries combined.
- The council’s standing agenda (item 7) requires that Israel’s human rights record be debated at every meeting—something no other nation faces.
- More than a quarter of the council’s special sessions have focused on Israel.
- The council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories is solely tasked with investigating Israel, inexplicably disregarding human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad.
- Commissions of inquiry tasked by the UNHRC to investigate Israel’s response to Hamas terror attacks in 2008-2009 and 2014 produced extremely one-sided anti-Israel reports. In May 2018, the council yet again established a commission to investigate Israel’s actions while ignoring Hamas.
- In March 2016, the council passed a resolution taking the first step toward creating a boycott of Israel. The resolution directed the creation of a database of companies conducting business beyond the 1949 Armistice line, including in East Jerusalem.
That last point is what created the “BDS” list.
Hillel Neuer of UN Watch posted a tweet that showcased the UNHRC’s anti-Israel bias.
I know exactly how you work.
Reports you mandated this session:
🇮🇱 On Israel – 7
🇰🇵 On North Korea – 2
🇮🇷 On Iran – 2
🇸🇾 Syria – 1
🇩🇿 Algeria – 0
🇨🇳 China – 0
🇮🇶 Iraq – 0
🇵🇰 Pakistan – 0
🇶🇦 Qatar – 0
🇷🇺 Russia – 0
🇸🇴 Somalia – 0
🇹🇷 Turkey – 0
🇻🇪 Venezuela – 0
🇿🇼 Zimbabwe – 0 https://t.co/lAWHoMayc7
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) March 2, 2019
Amazingly out of the 47 countries on the UN’s Human Rights Council, many are human rights violators themselves. The UNHRC member countries with human rights problems of their own include, Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Indonesia, Libya, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, and Venezuela. And the resolution to create the list was sponsored by freedom-hating countries such as Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Cuba.
The UN’s anti-Israel bias, the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction of Israel movement, and the growing menace of anti-Semitism in the world are just a few of the reasons I decided to run on the Herut Slate for the World Zionist Congress (WZC) The WZC is sometimes known as the “”Parliament of the Jewish People.””
The delegates to the WZC, select the leadership and influence the policies of some of the most essential Zionist organizations worldwide. They include the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet LeIsrael (JNF) and Keren Hayesod – which together allocate nearly $1 billion annually in funding in support of Israel and Jewish communities around the world.
What first impressed me about Herut was when a rash of horrible anti-Semitic incidents struck the New York City area they immediately created a Synagogue Security Kit which they offered free to congregations across America. Herut acted to fight hatred in America.
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