The United Nations will vote next week to allocate funds, implementing a resolution for a “blacklist” of companies operating directly or indirectly in Judea, Samaria, the Golan, and East Jerusalem. This motion, passed in March with no opposing votes, only targets businesses owned by Jewish Israelis.
Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon reacted strongly to the impending vote.
“We will not be silent in the face of this shameful step,” Danon said, “The UN’s will to blacklist Jewish businesses and businesses connected with Israel and to boycott them, is reminiscent of dark periods in history,” he added.
“It is known that the Human Rights Council has become an anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli body, but it can not be that the UN is continuing to assist in this surreal process.”
Danon’s claim against the UN comes after six anti-Israel resolutions were passed last Wednesday. The resolutions included a call to “intensification of efforts…towards the conclusion of a final peace settlement“. Another resolution referred to Israeli actions, “as the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem“, calling these actions “illegal”. Yet another resolution called for Israel to withdraw from the “Syrian Golan” and return “the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967”.
The UN also criticized a vote on Wednesday in the Knesset. In a hotly contested vote, the Knesset passed a bill on Wednesday by a vote of 58-51 the Regulation Bill which will legalize 4,000 Jewish homes that have already been built in Judah and Samaria. The bill needs two more votes before it becomes law.
“I strongly urge lawmakers to reconsider their support for this bill, which if enacted, would have far-reaching consequences and would seriously damage the reputation of Israel around the world,” said UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Israel as the occupying power, must respect the private property of Palestinians, regardless of whether or not compensation is provided,” he said in a statement.