Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Jewish settlements in the village of Beita, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank February 15, 2018.
Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Jewish settlements in the village of Beita, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank February 15, 2018.

The U.N. has disclosed a list of companies it says are conducting business in Israel’s West bank settlements, considered a violation of international law by most of the global community.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday it found 112 businesses with activities in Israeli settlements, including 94 headquartered in Israel and 18 in the U.S. and other countries.

The U.N. Human Rights Council ordered OHCHR in 2016 to create a list of companies considered to be supportive of the settlements over U.S. objections.

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Israel, which contends the settlements are on disputed territory, fears the list could lead to boycotts of the companies that include Airbnb, Motorola, General Mills and other large international firms. Some other companies on the list are headquartered in France, Britain, the Netherlands and Thailand.

While Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said disclosure of the list is a “shameful surrender” to adversaries of Israel, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said the list is a victory for international law.

Israel seized control of the West Bank in a 1967 war. Palestinians view the settlements and the military troops who protect the territory as obstacles to the creation of a Palestinian state.

 

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