Israeli Leaders Blast Human Rights Council on Blacklist

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Rami Levy supermarket in Mishor Adumim. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Israeli leaders on both sides of the political divide strongly condemned the U.N. Human Rights Council’s publication on Wednesday of a list of 112 firms operating in Yehuda and Shomron.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed the UNHRC list, saying that U.S. support trumps it.

“We will ensure the (U.S.) recognition of our sovereignty over those settlements — that will cancel out the entire impact of the United Nations because the United States is more important than the U.N.,” Netanyahu told Army Radio. “We’ll fight this with all our strength.”

President Reuven Rivlin responded that “boycotting Israeli companies does not advance the cause of peace and does not build confidence between the sides. We call on our friends around the world to speak out against this shameful initiative, which recalls dark periods in our history.”

Rivlin praised Israeli companies included on the list as “patriots.”

Though his office doesn’t promote individual firms, “when Israeli businesses are under the threat of boycott, we will stand with them,” Rivlin said, according to The Times of Israel.

Opposition leader Benny Gantz also called it “a dark day for human rights,” adding in his tweet that the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has “lost touch with reality.”

“The U.N. again proved it is a biased, non-neutral body that acts against the State of Israel. We fully condemn the publication of the list, which has clear anti-Semitic features,” the Yesha Council umbrella group said in a statement.

The Yamina party asserted that the “blacklist” underlines the need to extend Israeli sovereignty to Yehuda and Shomron, which it has been urging since the Trump peace plan was unveiled.

“The hypocritical organization with special standards for Israel won’t deter us from realizing our rights in all areas of the Land of Israel,” it said in a statement.

In the report the council said the companies’ activities “raised particular human rights concerns.”

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on Wednesday threatened to take international legal action against the companies.

“We demand the companies immediately close their headquarters and branches inside illegal Israeli settlements because their presence contradicts international and U.N. resolutions,” said Shtayyeh in an online post.

“We will pursue companies listed in the report legally through international legal institutions and in courts in their countries for taking part in human rights violations in Palestine.”

Most of the companies on the list are Israeli, including banks and construction firms. But it also lists a number of international firms, including travel companies Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor, tech giant Motorola and construction and infrastructure companies including France’s Egis Rail and British company JC Bamford Excavators.

Six of the companies listed are based in the U.S., four in the Netherlands, three in the U.K., three in France, and one each in Luxembourg and Thailand, The Times of Israel noted.

The complete UNHRC list of companies and their home countries follows:

  1. Afikim Public Transportation Ltd., Israel
    2. Airbnb Inc., United States
    3. American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd., Israel
    4. Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Ltd., Israel
    5. Amos Hadar Properties and Investments Ltd., Israel
    6. Angel Bakeries, Israel
    7. Archivists Ltd., Israel
    8. Ariel Properties Group, Israel
    9. Ashtrom Industries Ltd., Israel
    10. Ashtrom Properties Ltd., Israel
    11. Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd., Israel
    12. Bank Hapoalim B.M., Israel
    13. Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M., Israel
    14. Bank of Jerusalem Ltd., Israel
    15. Beit Haarchiv Ltd., Israel
    16. Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication Corp Ltd., Israel
    17. B.V., Netherlands
    18. C Mer Industries Ltd., Israel
    19. Café Café Israel Ltd., Israel
    20. Caliber 3, Israel
    21. Cellcom Israel Ltd., Israel
    22. Cherriessa Ltd., Israel
    23. Chish Nofei Israel Ltd., Israel
    24. Citadis Israel Ltd., Israel
    25. Comasco Ltd., Israel
    26. Darban Investments Ltd., Israel
    27. Delek Group Ltd., Israel
    28. Delta Israel, Israel
    29. Dor Alon Energy in Israel 1988 Ltd., Israel
    30. Egis Rail, France
    31. Egged, Israel Transportation Cooperative Society Ltd., Israel
    32. Energix Renewable Energies Ltd., Israel
    33. EPR Systems Ltd., Israel
    34. Extal Ltd., Israel
    35. Expedia Group Inc., United States
    36. Field Produce Ltd., Israel
    37. Field Produce Marketing Ltd., Israel
    38. First International Bank of Israel Ltd., Israel
    39. Galshan Shvakim Ltd., Israel
    40. General Mills Israel Ltd., Israel
    41. Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd., Israel
    42. Hot Mobile Ltd., Israel
    43. Hot Telecommunications Systems Ltd., Israel
    44. Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd., Israel
    45. Israel Discount Bank Ltd., Israel
    46. Israel Railways Corporation Ltd., Israel
    47. Italek Ltd., Israel
    48. JC Bamford Excavators Ltd., United Kingdom
    49. Jerusalem Economy Ltd., Israel
    50. Kavim Public Transportation Ltd., Israel
    51. Lipski Installation and Sanitation Ltd., Israel
    52. Matrix IT Ltd., Israel
    53. Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd., Israel
    54. Mekorot Water Company Ltd., Israel
    55. Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd., Israel
    56. Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd., Israel
    57. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd., Israel
    58. Modi’in Ezrachi Group Ltd., Israel
    59. Mordechai Aviv Taasiot Beniyah 1973 Ltd., Israel
    60. Motorola Solutions Israel Ltd., Israel
    61. Municipal Bank Ltd., Israel
    62. Naaman Group Ltd., Israel
    63. Nof Yam Security Ltd., Israel
    64. Ofertex Industries 1997 Ltd., Israel
    65. Opodo Ltd., United Kingdom
    66. Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal Ltd., Israel
    67. Partner Communications Company Ltd., Israel
    68. Paz Oil Company Ltd., Israel
    69. Pelegas Ltd., Israel
    70. Pelephone Communications Ltd., Israel
    71. Proffimat S.R. Ltd., Israel
    72. Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd., Israel
    73. Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Communication Ltd., Israel
    74. Re/Max Israel, Israel
    75. Shalgal Food Ltd., Israel
    76. Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd., Israel
    77. Shufersal Ltd., Israel
    78. Sonol Israel Ltd., Israel
    79. Superbus Ltd., Israel
    80. Supergum Industries 1969 Ltd., Israel
    81. Tahal Group International B.V., Netherlands
    82. TripAdvisor Inc., United States
    83. Twitoplast Ltd., Israel
    84. Unikowsky Maoz Ltd., Israel
    85. YES, Israel
    86. Zakai Agricultural Know-how and inputs Ltd., Israel
    87. ZF Development and Construction, Israel
    88. ZMH Hammermand Ltd., Israel
    89. Zorganika Ltd., Israel
    90. Zriha Hlavin Industries Ltd., Israel
    91. Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd., Israel
    92. Alstom S.A., France
    93. Altice Europe N.V., Netherlands
    94. Amnon Mesilot Ltd., Israel
    95. Ashtrom Group Ltd., Israel
    96. Booking Holdings Inc., United States
    97. Brand Industries Ltd., Israel
    98. Delta Galil Industries Ltd., Israel
    99. eDreams ODIGEO S.A., Luxembourg
    100. Egis S.A., France
    101. Electra Ltd., Israel
    102. Export Investment Company Ltd., Israel
    103. General Mills Inc., United States
    104. Hadar Group, Israel
    105. Hamat Group Ltd., Israel
    106. Indorama Ventures P.C.L., Thailand
    107. Kardan N.V., Netherlands
    108. Mayer’s Cars and Trucks Co. Ltd., Israel
    109. Motorola Solutions Inc., United States
    110. Natoon Group, Israel
    111. Villar International Ltd., Israel
    112. Greenkote P.L.C., United Kingdom

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