Diplomacy & defense

Demonstrators from West Bank settlements protest outside cabinet meeting, November 22 2015
Resolution passed with 32 votes in favor, 15 abstentions and no votes against

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today on Thursday to compile a ‘blacklist’ of Israeli and international companies who do business with Israeli settlements.

According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the resolution passed with 32 votes in favor, 15 abstentions and no votes against.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, condemned the vote, saying “when the UN marks Jewish business so that they can be boycotted it reminds us of dark times in the history. The Human Rights Council has turned into an accomplice of the BDS movement and its conduct is both anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.”

The Human Rights Council was formed to protect human rights and it is governed by a number of agenda items focusing on different areas. The decision to create a blacklist was taken as part of Chapter 7 on the Council’s agenda. This chapter’s sole focus is Israel.

“This is what the Human Rights Council chooses to debate while Europe is still reeling from a wave of terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS – the world’s worst human rights violator,” said Ambassador Danon.

“Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians are murdered and forced to flee their homes as refugees and they choose to condemn Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East. This can only be described as record-breaking hypocrisy,” the Ambassador continued.

The list would include all companies working directly and indirectly in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights and is to be updated yearly.

The resolution condemns the settlements and urges businesses to refrain from working with settlements. Article 17 of the resolution calls for the creation of a database of all companies involved in settlements, including firms that supply equipment and services, which would be updated annually.

According to Haaretz, Israel had been working to stop the resolution in its tracks or, at the very least, kill Article 17, which is particularly worrisome to the government. Haaretz also quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that the US had been working behind the scenes make its opposition clear to some of the UNHRC's 47 member nations.

The issue of Jewish settlements is a long-standing point of contention in the international arena. At the AIPAC conference this week, US Vice President Joe Biden characterized the "steady policy of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts" as "eroding the two state solution."

Menahem Kahana (AFP/File)

In January, the European Union reiterated that it considers Israel's borders to end at the 1967 Green Line, and that therefore any arrangements made between Israel and member countries will not apply to settlements.

Relations have been strained between Israel and the EU following the bloc's publishing of guidelines on the labeling of products from Jewish settlements last November. Following the EU decision, Israel suspended a number of dialogue meetings with European officials, mainly regarding Palestinian projects and EU projects in Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank.

The EU has held for many years that a final agreement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be based on a two-state solution, and that Israeli settlements are illegal and undermine peace efforts.

Israel reportedly considered leaving the UNHRC last summer following a report that alleged that the country may have committed war crimes during the 2014 50-day war in Gaza.

In 2012, then-Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman severed ties with the UNHRC after the world body planned on sending a team to probe the impact of Israeli settlement activity on Palestinian human rights.

A year-and-a-half later, however, Netanyahu reestablished ties with the Human Rights Council.

i24NEWS' diplomatic correspondent Tal Shalev contributed to this report

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  • Michael Farmer
    April 01st 2016 - 01:03pm

    "Your Egyptian muslim friends are also destroying demolishing thousands of homes belonging to innocent egyptian muslims on the border with Gaza Farmer."

    Yes, I also condemn that .... so we are agreed that is abhorrent ... do we also agree that the destruction of the homes of innocent Palestinian families is also? ..... James?


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  • James Spackman
    April 01st 2016 - 05:44am

    MICHAEL FARMER
    MARCH 26TH 2016 - 07:39PM
    "ISIS's destruction of a 1,400-year-old monastery is nothing new. Last summer, ISIS set fire to a 1,800 year-old church in Mosul and bulldozed a 1,600-year-old monastery in Homs as a response to "worshipping a God other than Allah.""

    Don't force crocodile tears for ancient monuments, James. Save your disgust and distress for Israel which vindictively destroys the HOMES of innocent Palestinian families!

    Egyptian members of the muslim brotherhood also burnt down and destroyed hundreds of christian churches in Egypt Farmer..these were not members of ISIS..they were encouraged and incited to destroy the coptic christian churches by the local imams. who are affiliated to the M/B not Isis. so your insinuation that it is only the Isis muslims who destroy christian churches is a fabrication of your imagination Farmer..
    Your Egyptian muslim friends are also destroying demolishing thousands of homes belonging to innocent egyptian muslims on the border with Gaza Farmer..No condemnations off you for these attrocities by muslims on muslims?? get real Farmer, get a life...easy as taking candy off a baby farmer..


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  • Michael Farmer
    March 29th 2016 - 04:59pm

    Seems it's difficult for you to understand that the Christians are entering Israel to visit locations important to their faith.

    You think that they are are visiting Israel to financially support Israel. There is no hope for you, James.


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  • James Spackman
    March 29th 2016 - 11:36am

    MICHAEL FARMER
    MARCH 27TH 2016 - 09:45PM
    They are there as Christians, James not to support Judaism, nor Israel.

    You and your paymasters at i24news deleted my last post Farmer, so I will repeat my post again for the benefit of yourself and all the others who post on here..

    Mr Farmer how and why do you think these christians do not support Israel?
    Seeing as you are not a very clever muslim student I will explain to you again, how these christians (thousands of them)
    who visit Israel for Easter to celebrate these christian holy days, support Israel...
    first of all mr know nothing..All these christians have to have visas to enter Israel..these visas cost money! Who gets the money? Why the Israeli government of course...
    secondly. Mr Know all, how do these Christians travel to Israel from all over the world, and of course the middle east..Well they travel by plane,ship, and many of course come by road...
    The air passengers buy tickets, part of the price of a ticket is an airport tax in Israel.. where does this tax go to.. Why it goes to the Israeli government.. Some of the cost of the air ticket pays for the salaries of the crew of the airplanes..EL-AL's crew aare all jews..They spend their salaries in Israel in shops etc..some of their salaries is deducted in Tax..who does this money go to..Why the Israeli government of course..These christians stay in jewish hotels, the cost of the hotels includes the salaries of the manager and the rest of the staff. they all pay taxes. Who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course...Now this same rule of thumb applies to to christians who travel by ship..they pay docking fees etc. some of these christians rent cars, buy petrol all taxed..who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course! Now try and tell us all again mr know all that these christian pilgrims do not support judaism, jews, or the jewish state of Israel.
    Last but not least mr know all, Israel has hundreds of thousands of christian visitors to Israel, all year round, easter, christmas etc..These christians all bring their hard earned money to Israel and help support the jewish state to exist... oooops nearly forgot..the arab shopkeepers who rely on these tourists are now complaining that business is bad this year because their are not as many christians as usual errrrrrrrrrr I wonder why?
    Maybe its because these same arabs are killing some tourists in jerusalem..what do you think mr know all...

    EASY AS TAKING SWEETS OFF A BABY.


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  • James Spackman
    March 29th 2016 - 11:36am

    MICHAEL FARMER
    MARCH 27TH 2016 - 09:45PM
    They are there as Christians, James not to support Judaism, nor Israel.

    You and your paymasters at i24news deleted my last post Farmer, so I will repeat my post again for the benefit of yourself and all the others who post on here..

    Mr Farmer how and why do you think these christians do not support Israel?
    Seeing as you are not a very clever muslim student I will explain to you again, how these christians (thousands of them)
    who visit Israel for Easter to celebrate these christian holy days, support Israel...
    first of all mr know nothing..All these christians have to have visas to enter Israel..these visas cost money! Who gets the money? Why the Israeli government of course...
    secondly. Mr Know all, how do these Christians travel to Israel from all over the world, and of course the middle east..Well they travel by plane,ship, and many of course come by road...
    The air passengers buy tickets, part of the price of a ticket is an airport tax in Israel.. where does this tax go to.. Why it goes to the Israeli government.. Some of the cost of the air ticket pays for the salaries of the crew of the airplanes..EL-AL's crew aare all jews..They spend their salaries in Israel in shops etc..some of their salaries is deducted in Tax..who does this money go to..Why the Israeli government of course..These christians stay in jewish hotels, the cost of the hotels includes the salaries of the manager and the rest of the staff. they all pay taxes. Who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course...Now this same rule of thumb applies to to christians who travel by ship..they pay docking fees etc. some of these christians rent cars, buy petrol all taxed..who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course! Now try and tell us all again mr know all that these christian pilgrims do not support judaism, jews, or the jewish state of Israel.
    Last but not least mr know all, Israel has hundreds of thousands of christian visitors to Israel, all year round, easter, christmas etc..These christians all bring their hard earned money to Israel and help support the jewish state to exist... oooops nearly forgot..the arab shopkeepers who rely on these tourists are now complaining that business is bad this year because their are not as many christians as usual errrrrrrrrrr I wonder why?
    Maybe its because these same arabs are killing some tourists in jerusalem..what do you think mr know all...

    EASY AS TAKING SWEETS OFF A BABY.


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  • James Spackman
    March 29th 2016 - 11:33am

    MICHAEL FARMER
    MARCH 27TH 2016 - 09:45PM
    They are there as Christians, James not to support Judaism, nor Israel.

    You and your paymasters at i24news deleted my last post Farmer, so I will repeat my post again for the benefit of yourself and all the others who post on here..

    Mr Farmer how and why do you think these christians do not support Israel?
    Seeing as you are not a very clever muslim student I will explain to you again, how these christians (thousands of them)
    who visit Israel for Easter to celebrate these christian holy days, support Israel...
    first of all mr know nothing..All these christians have to have visas to enter Israel..these visas cost money! Who gets the money? Why the Israeli government of course...
    secondly. Mr Know all, how do these Christians travel to Israel from all over the world, and of course the middle east..Well they travel by plane,ship, and many of course come by road...
    The air passengers buy tickets, part of the price of a ticket is an airport tax in Israel.. where does this tax go to.. Why it goes to the Israeli government.. Some of the cost of the air ticket pays for the salaries of the crew of the airplanes..EL-AL's crew aare all jews..They spend their salaries in Israel in shops etc..some of their salaries is deducted in Tax..who does this money go to..Why the Israeli government of course..These christians stay in jewish hotels, the cost of the hotels includes the salaries of the manager and the rest of the staff. they all pay taxes. Who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course...Now this same rule of thumb applies to to christians who travel by ship..they pay docking fees etc. some of these christians rent cars, buy petrol all taxed..who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course! Now try and tell us all again mr know all that these christian pilgrims do not support judaism, jews, or the jewish state of Israel.
    Last but not least mr know all, Israel has hundreds of thousands of christian visitors to Israel, all year round, easter, christmas etc..These christians all bring their hard earned money to Israel and help support the jewish state to exist... oooops nearly forgot..the arab shopkeepers who rely on these tourists are now complaining that business is bad this year because their are not as many christians as usual errrrrrrrrrr I wonder why?
    Maybe its because these same arabs are killing some tourists in jerusalem..what do you think mr know all...

    EASY AS TAKING SWEETS OFF A BABY.


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  • James Spackman
    March 29th 2016 - 11:32am

    MICHAEL FARMER
    MARCH 27TH 2016 - 09:45PM
    They are there as Christians, James not to support Judaism, nor Israel.

    You and your paymasters at i24news deleted my last post Farmer, so I will repeat my post again for the benefit of yourself and all the others who post on here..

    Mr Farmer how and why do you think these christians do not support Israel?
    Seeing as you are not a very clever muslim student I will explain to you again, how these christians (thousands of them)
    who visit Israel for Easter to celebrate these christian holy days, support Israel...
    first of all mr know nothing..All these christians have to have visas to enter Israel..these visas cost money! Who gets the money? Why the Israeli government of course...
    secondly. Mr Know all, how do these Christians travel to Israel from all over the world, and of course the middle east..Well they travel by plane,ship, and many of course come by road...
    The air passengers buy tickets, part of the price of a ticket is an airport tax in Israel.. where does this tax go to.. Why it goes to the Israeli government.. Some of the cost of the air ticket pays for the salaries of the crew of the airplanes..EL-AL's crew aare all jews..They spend their salaries in Israel in shops etc..some of their salaries is deducted in Tax..who does this money go to..Why the Israeli government of course..These christians stay in jewish hotels, the cost of the hotels includes the salaries of the manager and the rest of the staff. they all pay taxes. Who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course...Now this same rule of thumb applies to to christians who travel by ship..they pay docking fees etc. some of these christians rent cars, buy petrol all taxed..who gets this money? why the Israeli government of course! Now try and tell us all again mr know all that these christian pilgrims do not support judaism, jews, or the jewish state of Israel.
    Last but not least mr know all, Israel has hundreds of thousands of christian visitors to Israel, all year round, easter, christmas etc..These christians all bring their hard earned money to Israel and help support the jewish state to exist... oooops nearly forgot..the arab shopkeepers who rely on these tourists are now complaining that business is bad this year because their are not as many christians as usual errrrrrrrrrr I wonder why?
    Maybe its because these same arabs are killing some tourists in jerusalem..what do you think mr know all...

    EASY AS TAKING SWEETS OFF A BABY.


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  • Michael Farmer
    March 27th 2016 - 09:45pm

    They are there as Christians, James not to support Judaism, nor Israel.


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  • James Spackman
    March 27th 2016 - 05:29am

    You forgot to mention the christians who visited Israel and are there today, celebrating Easter Farmer..these christians have travelled form all over the "WORLD" to be in Israel..millions of christians all over the "WORLD" think ISRAEL is a special place FARMER..eat your words again...
    easy as taking candy off a baby..LOL

    go back to the betting shop farmer, read the sun racing page, you may even back a winner...cos you aint backed any winners on here, you are a loser..LOL


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  • Michael Farmer
    March 26th 2016 - 07:39pm

    "ISIS's destruction of a 1,400-year-old monastery is nothing new. Last summer, ISIS set fire to a 1,800 year-old church in Mosul and bulldozed a 1,600-year-old monastery in Homs as a response to "worshipping a God other than Allah.""

    Don't force crocodile tears for ancient monuments, James. Save your disgust and distress for Israel which vindictively destroys the HOMES of innocent Palestinian families!


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