After the UN Human Rights Council released a report about the companies that have ties to Israeli settlements, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley claimed that the document demonstrates the council’s “anti-Israel obsession.” The report did not include the names of the companies.
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has called the 16-page report about over 200 companies that have ties to Israeli settlements “a waste of time and resources.” In a statement on Wednesday, she also claimed that the report demonstrates the UN Human Rights Council’s “anti-Israeli obsession.”
While the report did not include the names of the companies, the council said that the list of the firms would eventually be published. According to Haley, the US will continue to fight the anti-Israel bias in the council and “advance badly needed reforms.”
“Businesses play a central role in furthering the establishment, maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements,” read the report. “Business enterprises may need to consider whether it is possible to engage in such an environment in a manner that respects human rights.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon also denounced the release of the report. “On the day that the UN is marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the UNHRC has chosen to publicize this information about the number of companies operating in Israel,” Danon wrote on Twitter. “This is a shameful act which will serve as a stain on the UNHRC forever. We will continue to act with our allies and use all the means at our disposal to stop the publication of this disgraceful blacklist.”
This is a shameful act which will serve as a stain on the UNHRC forever. We will continue to act with our allies and use all the means at our disposal to stop the full publication of this disgraceful blacklist. 2/2
— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) January 31, 2018