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Report: UN Human Rights Council to Call for Israel Boycott

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Richard Falk, the UN's "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967." Photo: UN Watch.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) plans to release a report calling for a boycott of companies doing business with Israel, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The Free Beacon obtained an HRC report targeting Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, Veolia Environnement, Group 4 Security, the Dexia Group, and the Volvo Group. According to the report, “all companies that operate in or otherwise have dealings with Israeli settlements should be boycotted.”

“The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable, including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses,” the report says.

The Obama administration decided to join the HRC in 2009 after the U.S. did not participate in that body’s activities during George W. Bush years. The HRC has a “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967,” a post currently held by Richard Falk. Last year, Falk posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog.

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