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Israel freezes contacts with UN Commissioner for Human Rights

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered Wednesday the Foreign Ministry to freeze all contacts with representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). This was reported by the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the Jewish state.

“Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered the Foreign Ministry to freeze contacts with OHCHR, which encourages the Israeli boycott campaign,” the statement said.

Earlier Wednesday in Geneva, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report that “identified 112 business units” that, according to OHCHR, “are involved in one or more of the specific activities referred to in a resolution of the UN Human Rights Council person 31/36 “. According to the document, out of 112 enterprises doing business with settlements, 94 are based in Israel, and 18 in six other states.

The OHCHR noted that, “according to international law, settlements as such are considered illegal.” Nevertheless, the reference in the report to “business units” “is not and does not imply a judicial or quasi-judicial process,” the UN Office specified.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he “resolutely and with disgust rejects any attempt to denigrate Israel,” to which he also attributed the publication of the UN report. Katz called the OHCHR decision “a stain on the reputation of an international organization.”

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