60 International Companies and 130 Israeli Firms Reportedly on UN Settlement ‘Blacklist’
JNS.org – Some 130 Israeli firms and 60 international corporations received warning letters in October from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, stating that their operations in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem put them at risk of being included on a UN blacklist.
Some of the companies that received the warning letter include Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, RE/MAX real estate, Ahava and Israel Aerospace Industries, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday, after purportedly obtaining part of the blacklist.
American firms on the list also include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline and Airbnb, The Washington Post reported in August.
Many of the companies included on the list are preparing legal action against Hussein and the UN agency for harming their brand image and causing financial damage by politicizing their business operations.
The UN Human Rights Council had voted to approve the blacklist of businesses last year, defying objections from the US and Israel. The council is expected to publish the database by the end of this year.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon has described the list as “an expression of modern antisemitism reminiscent of dark periods in history.”