(JNS.org) The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) called for a boycott of companies doing business with Israel, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
An HRC report (http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/UN-Report-Sept-2012.pdf) to the UN General Assembly targeted Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, Veolia Environnement, Group 4 Security, the Dexia Group, and the Volvo Group. According to the report, “all companies that operate in or otherwise have dealings with Israeli settlements should be boycotted.”
“The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable, including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses,” the report says.
The report was issued by the HRC’s “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967,” Richard Falk. Last year, Falk posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog.
The Obama administration decided to join the HRC in 2009 after the U.S. did not participate in that body’s activities during George W. Bush years.
The Israeli UN Mission said the report was “grossly biased.”
“Israel is deeply committed to advancing human rights and firmly believes that this cause will be better served without Falk and his distasteful sideshow,” said Karaen Peretz, spokeswoman for the Israeli Mission. “While he spends pages and pages attacking Israel, Falk fails to mention even once the horrific human rights violations and ongoing terrorist attacks by Hamas.”
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said Falk’s recommendations “do nothing to further a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and indeed poison the environment for peace.”