UN Approves Funding for ‘Blacklist’ of Israeli Companies

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Ignoring, as usual, all the real dangers and atrocities across the globe, the UN has again singled out Israel for boycotts. 

The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday approved a motion to fund a “blacklist” of Israeli and international companies operating in Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria – areas several countries deem “occupied” by Israel.

The vote took place in the Fifth Committee, which oversees the UN’s budget and administration, and allocated a budget of $138,700 in funding for the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to compile the list.

Announcing the intention to create the list last March, the UNHRC explained that they expect to update it annually.

According to reports, the funding will be used to “investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory” and to “produce a database of all business enterprises” that work in those territories, including eastern Jerusalem.

The plan to create the list, which is expected to be used by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement and other anti-Israel organizations, caused an international uproar when it was announced last spring.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon stated last month that the Israeli Mission will publicly oppose the list. He created a task force to propose new ideas to combat the initiative.

Danon stated his commitment to bring together international partners and pro-Israel organizations to oppose the list. “We will not be silent in light of this shameful initiative,” he stated.  “The UN’s intent to mark Jewish businesses and international companies with ties to Israel so that they can be boycotted reminds us of dark times in history.”

He also pointed out that although the UNHRC is already known as an “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel entity, it is unacceptable for the UN itself to support this despicable decision.”

The UNHRC is infamously biased against Israel, with nearly half of its resolutions focused solely on Israel while completely ignoring war, strife and atrocities committed around the world.

Israeli leaders and officials have cited the UNHRC for its “obsessive hostility” toward Israel and its “one-sided mandate.”

The measure in the General Assembly passed despite opposition from the US—which had abstained from December’s Security Council vote against Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, allowing the resolution to pass—and said it would “strongly oppose” any additional measures by the UN on this issue.

By: United with Israel Staff

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Source: United with Israel