UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered the Foreign Ministry to freeze contacts with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights after the OHCHR published a blacklist of enterprises collaborating with Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
“Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered the Foreign Ministry to freeze contacts with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which encourages the Israeli boycott campaign,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s press service said in a statement.
Minister Katz added that this step of his agency is aimed at protecting companies operating in the territory of the state of Israel.
OHCHR previously published a list of 112 companies that have business ties with Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Of these, 94 are located in Israel, and 18 in six other states.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that the list included the most important Israeli companies, including banks, mobile and Internet companies, major retail chains.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry remained the only structure to maintain ties with OHCHR after the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to withdraw the country from this UN structure. Netanyahu also commented on the publication of a blacklist of enterprises cooperating with the settlements.
“The UN Human Rights Council is a biased body that is deprived of influence. It was not in vain that I ordered to break off ties with it. It is not for nothing that the American administration has taken this step with us,” the Prime Minister’s office quoted Netanyahu as saying.
“Instead of a human rights organization, it (OHCHR – ed.) Is only trying to humiliate Israel. We strongly reject these worthless attempts,” the head of government added.
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