The UN Human Rights Council is reported to be compiling a blacklist of companies that operate in illegal Israeli settlements. The request was first adopted in March last year by the UNHRC, leading to the resolution being agreed the day after UN SC voted for resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements. Israeli pro-settlement groups have already written to the UNHRC to contest the list.
While the UN initiative is welcome and a step in the right direction there are a few concerns. If UN considers the settlements illegal, then a call for all Israeli companies operating in the settlements to be boycotted should be announced. The problem with a list is that no doubt Israelis will simply change the names of the company or create new ones.
However, if the list is an initial stage in a process then it will be a positive move for the BDS movement. This should assist with making Israel accountable for its occupation and hopefully drag it to the negotiation table. This belated move shows the international community that the UN are demanding respect of UN Resolutions and international law.
12th January 2017