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Palestine to take action against UN blacklisted companies

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Palestinian authorities will take measures against companies that are named by the UN as illegally operating in Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the WAFA news agency reported, citing a statement by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Earlier, OHCHR published a list of 112 companies that have business ties with Jewish settlements in the West Bank, of which 94 are located in Israel and 18 are located in six other countries. The list includes Airbnb, Expedia, eDreams, TripAdvisor, Alstom, and Booking.com.

“We will prosecute the companies that are listed on the UN, by law through international legal institutions and through the courts in their countries for their participation in the violation of human rights. We will demand compensation for the illegal use of our occupied territories and participation in economic activities without observing Palestinian laws and tax obligations,” – quotes Shtayyeh to the WAFA.

According to the agency, Shtayyeh called on the companies to immediately close their branches in the settlements. Palestinian Prime Minister emphasized that their presence is a violation of international law and UN resolutions.

“The Palestinian government is ready to explore the possibility of transferring the enterprises and headquarters of these companies to Palestinian cities and villages if their administrations wish to reform,” State added.

According to UN Human Rights Council resolution 31/36, the list of companies engaged in illegal activities in Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories should be updated annually.

In this regard, OHCHR recommends the establishment of a group of independent experts for this purpose, with a time-limited mandate, which will report directly to the Council on the progress of this activity.

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