UN Expert: Boycott Companies Dealing with Israeli Settlements

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UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. special investigator on human rights in the Palestinian territories is calling for a boycott of all companies that have dealings with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until they adhere to international human rights standards and practices.

In a report to the General Assembly on Thursday, Richard Falk alleged that a number of Israeli-owned and multinational corporations headquartered in the U.S., Europe and Mexico appear to be violating international human rights and humanitarian laws, including by exploiting Palestinian resources and helping Israel construct and provide security for illegal settlements.

He said further investigations will be made to determine whether the allegations are well founded.

Falk called on Israel to begin dismantling settlements and inform businesses with links to settlements of the legal ramifications of their operations. The United States however,  criticized the call as “irresponsible and unacceptable.”

Source: Star Tribune

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