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UN to vote on settlements boycott amid Israeli diplomatic strike

Published time: March 24, 2014 14:02
A general view shows a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

A general view shows a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

The UN will vote on a resolution calling for a business boycott of West Bank settlements later this week. However, in light of the current diplomatic strike in Israel, it looks like no Israeli representatives will be at the forum to defend their position.

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva is scheduled to vote on five resolutions concerning Israel this week. One of these resolutions stipulates a boycott on Israeli businesses “to ensure that their activities do not have an adverse impact on the human rights of the Palestinian people.”

It calls on all nations to respect basic human rights “by taking all necessary steps — including by terminating their business interests in the settlements.”

The resolution in question was drawn up by Arab nations and members of the Palestinian Authority and reportedly closely resembles the wording of recent boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns. Although the resolution is not binding, it has the Israeli Prime Minister very concerned, an unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz.

At present, the members of Israel’s Foreign Ministry are engaged in an indefinite strike over a dispute about working conditions and salaries. As a result, Israel will have no representative in Geneva this week to fight its corner and soften the wording in the resolution.

In addition to the resolutions, a report by the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on Palestine, Richard Falk, will be delivered. The document will ask the International Court of Justice at The Hague to investigate whether Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories equates to “colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.” The report maintains that Israeli policies in the West Bank are effectively denying Palestinians’ right to self-determination by means of “segregation.”

A document drawn up by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be presented to the council, urging Israel not only halt its settlement expansion, but reverse it.

The Israeli government has condemned the movement to boycott Israeli businesses because of the settlements. In a speech in February, Benjamin Netanyahu branded the movement as a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism.

"In the past anti-Semites boycotted Jewish businesses and today they call for the boycott of the Jewish state, and by the way, only the Jewish state," Netanyahu said. "I think that it is important that the boycotters be exposed for what they are, they are classical anti-Semites in modern garb," Netanyahu said.

He stated that the ultimate goal of the boycott movement was the complete destruction of the Jewish state.

Negotiations for the peace process between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority hit another stumbling block recently after President Mahmoud Abbas refused to publically recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The international community has condemned Israeli settlements as illegal under international law, but in spite of this Israel continues to announce plans to expand its construction.

Comments (49)


Gray Schmidt 24.05.2014 21:42

Re: Plan Dalet
“Israel s “Plan Dalet”: The Green Light for Zionism’s Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”

EXCERPT “On that day in 1948, two months before Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence, Zionism’s political & military leaders met in Tel Aviv to formally adopt PLAN DALET, the blueprint with operational military orders for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. "CONTINUED


Gray Schmidt 24.05.2014 21:18

The property rights to today’s Vichy Palestine is based on historic & ongoing ownership.

Today’s Israelis are only recent, foreign invaders from Khazaria to Brooklyn & have absolutely no genetic connection to the Ancient Hebrew Tribes who briefly occupied the Levnant

Lev antine Arabs are directly descended from the Ancient Canaanites, Edomites Jesubites and have consisted inhabited the region until that disastrous foreign invasion & today’s ongoing Zionist Genocide.

I srael’s Plan Dalet is history’s only State mandated plan for Extermination & Expulsion of Palestine’s native inhabitents.


Marumiyu Moriame 24.05.2014 13:02

Angela Horne 27.03.2014 00:28

Palestine never existed til 1967 - its flag is almost identical to Jordan's, barring one star


you are a mo ron the similarities are a result of the pan Arabian flag that started being used during the 1st ww. Palestine was an administrative block in the Ottoman empire long before 1967. isreal is the greatest violator of human rights in the western world.

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