US to punish countries over UN blacklist of firms in settlements

Mar 04,2020

Ignoring daily Israeli aggression against Palestinians, US claims that the UN Human Rights Council does not dehumanises Israel.

American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the US would take action against what he called “harassment” of US businesses blacklisted by “so-called” UN Human Rights Council.

“Neither the UN Human Rights Council nor the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights can tell you what to do,” Pompeo told the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest pro-Israel lobby group in North America.

He described the list of companies profiting from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as “a real threat” and intended to strengthen the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

“If you face harassment, let America know and the US will respond to take action [to help] members of our business community that are being threatened by this release that was so sorely mistaken,” added the US official.

“This [the UN] was an organisation set up to ensure no one ever endured suffering like Jews did in the Holocaust, and now it is anti-Semitic… [the] UN’s so-called human rights council… betrays its most fundamental mandate.”