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Israel and US Threaten to Cut UN Funding if Settlement ‘Blacklist’ Published

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré. – Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan Wednesday threatened to cut all Israeli funding of the United Nations if the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) publishes a “blacklist” of international companies with business ties to settlements

“This is the time to make it clear to the UN that if a blacklist is published of companies operating in Judea and Samaria, Israel will completely cease its financing to the UN and significantly reduce the entry of its representatives to Israel,” Erdan tweeted in Hebrew.

“Any body that participates in promoting a boycott against Israeli citizens must understand that there is a price,” he wrote.

Erdan’s tweets came soon after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated on Wednesday, “If you (the UNHRC) publish the list against settlements we will harm your funding.”

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Last week, Haley had called the list “shameful,” and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon described it as “an expression of modern antisemitism.”

The UNHRC voted to approve the database of businesses last year, defying objections from the US and Israel.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein submitted a draft of the blacklist to the countries where the businesses are based earlier this month. He is expected to receive a response from those nations by Sept. 1, and the UNHRC will publish the database by the end of this year.

American firms on the list reportedly include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline and Airbnb.

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