Pompeo: US rejects UN database of Israeli settlement corporations

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday stated the US authorities wouldn’t furnish any data for a database of corporations working within the occupied West Bank that the United Nations’ human rights workplace launched, and stated the compilation hurts efforts within the Middle East.

“The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database,” he stated in a press release. “Its publication only confirms the unrelenting anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations … Attempts to isolate Israel run counter to all of our efforts to build conditions conducive to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that lead to a comprehensive and enduring peace.”

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The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday named 112 corporations it stated have enterprise ties to Jewish settlements within the occupied West Bank. The settlements are thought-about unlawful below worldwide regulation. 

A spokesman for Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated the report was not a “blacklist” and was not supposed to qualify any of the businesses’ enterprise actions as unlawful.

But the discharge prompted a Palestinian menace of authorized motion in opposition to the companies, and raised considerations that the businesses may very well be targets of boycotts or divestment to stress Israel over its settlements.

Pompeo, together with two main US senators, assailed the discharge for its potential of turning corporations into boycott targets.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin and Republican Senator Rob Portman, who sit on the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee within the US Congress, referred to as it an “anti-Israel database, akin to a blacklist, of companies” that made main US corporations, together with General Mills and Airbnb, weak to boycotts.

“The Human Rights Council should use its energy to encourage both Israel and the Palestinians to return to good faith negotiations,” stated Cardin. “The United States can’t stand by whereas American companies are being pressured by a international entity due to their work in Israel, certainly one of our key allies.”

Palestinians hailed the report, with Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki calling it a “victory for international law”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the meantime, stated the UN rights council was a “biased and uninfluential body”.

The US has stood for a few years as certainly one of Israel’s strongest allies. Last month, President Donald Trump revealed a Middle East plan that envisions a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over key elements of the occupied West Bank to Israel and favours Israel on key contentious points together with borders, the standing of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.

The proposal was swiftly rejected by the Palestinians, who weren’t invited to offer enter. Palestinians broke off ties with the Trump administration in late 2017 after it recognised Jerusalem because the capital of Israel and moved its embassy there.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information businesses