The UN Human Rights Council issued a report detailing its work on a database of business connected with West Bank settlements. However, the council has postponed the publication of a business “blacklist” listing the names of enterprises amid pressure from Israel and the US.

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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued on Wednesday a report concerning a database of business enterprises that are active in settlements in the West Bank. However, following increased joint Israeli and US pressure, the council removed the list of businesses from the report.

The publication of the business “blacklist” was postponed to an indefinite date but not annulled.  According to the report, UNHRC’s database includes 206 Israeli, American and international companies that engage in business with functions and organizations in the settlements. According to the council, the full list will be published as soon as the organization contacts all 206 companies. It also urged all contacted business to cooperate with UNHRC’s requests.

“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.”

As previously reported by JOL, the blacklist was sent to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in December. Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, has threatened in the past that the US would stop its financial support of the Human Rights Council if the list is published.