UN rights chief sends warning letters to firms active in settlements: report | i24 News

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has sent letters to 150 global and Israeli firms warning they will be added to a UN blacklist if they do not cease doing business in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed Israeli and Western officials.

The UN Human Rights Council voted in 2016 to compile the list, prompting an outcry in Israel, which claims that the Council is stacked against the Jewish state. The High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said he intends to publish the list by the end of the year.

An anonymous Israeli official told Haaretz that the letter warns firms that if they continue to do business in Jewish settlements, they will find themselves on a blacklist of companies that are in violation of “internal law and UN decisions.”

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