Israel UN Ambassador: ‘UN Should Focus on Terrible Humanitarian Issues Not Harming Israel’

Published August 22nd, 2017 - 09:35 GMT
The separation wall in the West Bank. (AFP)
The separation wall in the West Bank. (AFP)

The United Nations Human Rights Council is poised to become the world’s leading proponent of the Israeli boycott movement, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said on Monday.

Danon lashed out the UNHRC and its High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein for their pending publication of a black list of companies doing business with Israel in areas over the pre-1967 lines.

 

“Instead of focusing on the terrible humanitarian problems plaguing the globe, the Human Rights Commissioner is seeking to harm Israel, and in doing so has become the world’s most senior BDS activist,” Danon said.  

The data base due out at the end of the year includes companies operating in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

“This shameful step is an expression of modern antisemitism and reminds us of dark periods in history,” Danon said.  

“Instead of focusing on the terrible humanitarian problems plaguing the globe, the Human Rights Commissioner is seeking to harm Israel, and in doing so has become the world’s most senior BDS activist,” he said.  

“I call on the UN, and the international community as a whole, to halt this dangerous policy and put an end to this anti-Israel initiative,” Danon said.

He spoke in reposes to a Washington Post article explaining that the US is working behind the scenes to pressure the UNHRC not to publish the list.

Diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post they believed that the UN has sought an opinion from the US with regard to an initial version of list.

The Trump Administration including US Ambassador to the UN in New York Nikki Haley has already condemned the list.

“The Council’s effort to create a database designed to shame companies for doing business in Israeli controlled areas is just the latest in this long line of shameful actions,” Haley said in June on a visit to Geneva.

“Blacklisting companies without even looking at their employment practices or their contributions to local empowerment, but rather based entirely on their location in areas of conflict is contrary to the laws of international trade and to any reasonable definition of human rights,” Haley said. 

“It is an attempt to provide an international stamp of approval to the anti-Semitic BDS movement. It must be rejected,” she said.

The US is one of 47 members of the UNHRC. Since taking office in January US President Donald Trump administration has warned that it may pull out of the UNHRC unless it halts its biased treatment of Israel.

Its presumed that it reserved this step as a protest move should the UNHRC published the list as planned.

UN human rights experts have argued West Bank settlements are illegal under international law and companies doing business with them could open themselves up to international criminal prosecution in the future.


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