U.S. criticizes U.N. vote to start database of Judea and Samaria businesses

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(JNS.org) The United States on Wednesday criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for its recent adoption of a measure that called for creating a database of Israeli businesses operating in Judea and Samaria.

“We continue to unequivocally oppose the very existence of that agenda item and therefore any resolutions…that come from it,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

The Obama administration, however, still maintains the stance that Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria (and in other areas beyond the 1967 lines) is detrimental to efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The U.N. measure was adopted last week, with 32 nations voting in favor, none against, and 15 abstaining. The U.S. is not a voting member of the UNHRC. Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon last week called the Judea and Samaria database a “blacklist.”

Posted on March 31, 2016 .