U.S. Pushing to Quash UN Blacklist of Firms Doing Business in Israeli Settlements

(Washington Post) Anne Gearan - The Trump administration is urging the UN not to publish a "blacklist" of international firms that do business in Israeli settlements. The UN Human Rights Council voted to approve the database of companies last year, over objections from the U.S. and Israel, which describe the list as a prelude to anti-Israel boycotts. American companies on the list include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com, Airbnb and others. Israel's UN ambassador, Danny Danon, on Monday called moves toward publication of the list "an expression of modern anti-Semitism." U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in June, "Blacklisting companies...based entirely on their location in areas of conflict is contrary to...any reasonable definition of human rights. It is an attempt to provide an international stamp of approval to the anti-Semitic BDS movement."

2017-08-22 00:00:00

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