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October 25, 2012 7:45 pm

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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  • Lily Rose

    By boycotting Israel and companies that do business with Israel you are only reflecting on your own insecurities and unfounded biases. You are boycotting a nation that is a beacon of light that exists in a region of darkness. Israel is responsible for some of the most innovative medical, scientific, agricultural and technological contributions to the world. Israel teaches her children songs about peace and does not teach hatred, like some of her neighboring countries. Do not worry. Israel will stand on her own with or without your ridicule or lack of support. There are still many many lovers of Israel in the world and there will always be people like myself, who love and support Israel.

    • Neill Le Roux

      Lily, isn’t it ironic that during the Apartheid era the South African Nationalist Party (an ally of Israel) said the same… and we all know how that ended for them? Now the current democratically elected government has just ruled that it too will boycott Israel…

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Richard Falk is a self professed nazi and antisemite. Other than the UN which more or less functions along those lines as well, the rest of the world considers him a sad pathetic joke. On the other hand he should be treated as the war criminal he is. I don’t know if he plans to visit Israel but should he come he should be arrested, tried, convicted and deported.

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    All these fascist countries in the UN who support a boycott against Israel should be boycotted themselves for crimes against humanity (not sure if they know what humanity is, but maybe this would wake them up).

  • H

    the un is obviously a load of garbage when they can put gaddafi as chair for the HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE for a year

  • There was a time when the United Nations was truly an organization to respect however, when they show bias and ignore the unjustified bombing on civilians, it is ‘Human Rights COmmittee’ in name only but, not in reality. To be part of such an organization means, we support their biases. We must boycott and stand up for what is right but to have Falk, an anti-semite is absurd!!!

    • H

      no there wasn’t

  • David Feder

    read this…

    …then talk to me about “poor Palestinians.” Anyone who says anything positive about Palestinians after reading this takes on a part of the responsibility for this.

    • jon

      just another pile of evil anti-Palestinian propaganda.. like all extreme right BS, it mixes up a number of actions and misses out the most important.. 60 years of unlawful occupation

      • Neill Le Roux

        Agreed Jon.

  • Vladimir

    Those that bless Israel are blessed, those that curse Israel are cursed: The Philippines is supporting Israel and God will truly protect Israel from any attack.

    Israel was doing peace effort and trying to resolve issues with Palestinian but it continuously bombed and killed innocent Israelis by terrorist.

    God bless Israel! The Lord our God will protect you. Shalom! – Prayers from Philippines

  • J. Kapute

    shame, shame I didn’t expect something like that to come from HRC and US government

  • Lynne Marton

    Shame on you! You don’t say one word when Israel is bombed, innocent Israelis are killed by those terrorists,yet you have the nerve to call for a boycott of companies that do business with Israel?? Shame on you again! It is the UNITED NATIONS – not the League of Arab Nations – why is it being run by those terrorists and why are you letting them call the shots? Shame on you!