UN Published “Blacklist” of Companies Doing Business in Occupied Israeli Territory
Palestinian leaders have said they support the report, while Israeli leaders have called it “shameful” and anti-Israel.
The United Nation Human Rights Office released a list of 112 companies that it says do business in settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, which some people have interpreted as an effort to hold businesses accountable for disrespecting international law.
Most of the businesses are Israeli companies that provide services like supplying housing materials, utilities, or surveillance equipment to the long-disputed region. But American companies like Motorola Solutions, General Mills, and Airbnb were also named on the so-called “blacklist.” Palestinian leaders have said they support the report, while Israeli leaders have called it “shameful” and anti-Israel.
Airbnb declined to comment to CNN, and General Mills acknowledged that the company has a factory in Atarot.
Under the UN’s international law, more than 100 settlements — built and occupied in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 war with its neighboring Arab countries — are considered illegal and possibly part of a future Palestinian state.
Israel and the United States oppose that designation: The White House’s 2020 Israeli-Palestinian peace plan paved a path for Israel to annex some of the land in question. The UN’s blacklist came nearly four years after a 2016 resolution mandated that the office publish a public list of companies doing business in the disputed territories.
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has also supported the UN’s list, calling for “strategic boycotts and divestment campaigns” against these companies. The UN has not supported the BDS movement or called for any specific action from governments or people as a response to the list.