The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) has finally released a long-delayed report, on Wednesday, listing over one hundred businesses that have ties with illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories.
Despite intense Israeli pressures to dissuade the institution from naming companies that benefit from the Israeli occupation, OHCHR revealed the identities of 112 businesses, 94 of which are based in Israel, while the rest operate in six other countries.
The UN report named these six countries as follows: the United States, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Thailand and Britain.
The online home-renting giant Airbnb, which is based in the US, was among the blacklisted businesses.
I am conscious this issue has been, and will continue to be, highly contentious, said in a statement the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
Bachelet’s office said that the report does not provide a legal characterization of the activities in question, or of business enterprises’ involvement in them, Reuters reported.
The UN database of companies with business ties to Jewish settlements was expected to be released in 2019. However, the publication date was delayed as a result of American and Israeli pressures.
Expectedly, Israel’s foreign ministry accused the UN of shameful capitulation to pro-Palestine groups, while Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki described the report as a victory for international law.
The news is quite encouraging, said Romana Rubeo, the managing editor of The Palestine Chronicle. The last three years have witnessed a constant struggle between those who want to name and shame the enablers of the Israeli occupation, and those who wanted to go on with business as usual. The voice of reason has ultimately prevailed, she added.
Below is the full list of companies that do business in illegal Jewish settlements, as indicated in the OHCHR report:
Afikim Public Transportation Ltd.
American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd.
Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Ltd.
Amos Hadar Properties and Investments Ltd.
Ariel Properties Group
Ashtrom Industries Ltd.
Ashtrom Properties Ltd.
Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd.
Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M.
Bank of Jerusalem Ltd.
Beit Haarchiv Ltd.
Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication
C Mer Industries Ltd.
Cafe Cafe Israel Ltd.
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
Chish Nofei Israel Ltd.
Citadis Israel Ltd.
Darban Investments Ltd.
Delek Group Ltd.
Dor Alon Energy in Israel 1988 Ltd.
Egged, Israel Transportation Cooperative Society Ltd.
Energix Renewable Energies Ltd.
EPR Systems Ltd.
Expedia Group Inc.
Field Produce Ltd.
Field Produce Marketing Ltd.
First International Bank of Israel Ltd.
Galshan Shvakim Ltd.
General Mills Israel Ltd.
Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd.
Hot Mobile Ltd.
Hot Telecommunications Systems Ltd.
Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd.
Israel Discount Bank Ltd.
Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.
JC Bamford Excavators Ltd.
Jerusalem Economy Ltd.
Kavim Public Transportation Ltd.
Lipski Installation and Sanitation Ltd.
Matrix IT Ltd.
Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd.
Mekorot Water Company Ltd.
Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.
Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd.
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.
Modi’in Ezrachi Group Ltd.
Mordechai Aviv Taasiot Beniyah 1973 Ltd.
Motorola Solutions Israel Ltd.
Municipal Bank Ltd.
Naaman Group Ltd.
Nof Yam Security Ltd.
Ofertex Industries 1997 Ltd.
Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal Ltd.
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Pelephone Communications Ltd.
Proffimat S.R. Ltd.
Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.
Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Communication Ltd.
Shalgal Food Ltd.
Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd.
Sonol Israel Ltd.
Tahal Group International B.V.
Unikowsky Maoz Ltd.
Zakai Agricultural Know-how and inputs Ltd.
ZF Development and Construction
ZMH Hammermand Ltd.
Zriha Hlavin Industries Ltd.
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.
Altice Europe N.V.
Amnon Mesilot Ltd.
Ashtrom Group Ltd.
Booking Holdings Inc.
Brand Industries Ltd.
Delta Galil Industries Ltd.
eDreams ODIGEO S.A.
Export Investment Company Ltd.
General Mills Inc.
Hamat Group Ltd.
Indorama Ventures P.C.L.
Mayer’s Cars and Trucks Co. Ltd.
Motorola Solutions Inc.
Villar International Ltd.
Source: Palestine Chronicle