Israel to the West: Don't Honor UN Human Rights Council's Vote to Blacklist Settlement-linked Firms

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An Israeli settler prepares olive oil containers at the Achia Olive press factory in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied West Bank on November 12, 2015. The European Union announced that goods from settlements -- Jewish communities built in areas occupied by force in 1967 -- must be specifically labelled, infuriating Israel. The EU ruling affects products imported from settlements in the occupied West Bank, east Jerusalem and Golan Heights, all taken by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
An Israeli settler prepares olive oil containers at the Achia Olive press factory in the West Bank settlement of Shilo, November 12, 2015. Credit: AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday after it voted to draw up a list of all Israeli and international firms operating directly or indirectly in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

"The UN Human Rights Council has become an anti-Israeli circus, attacking the only democracy in the Middle East and ignoring the gross violations in Iran, Syria and North Korea," Netanyahu said in a statement.

"The absurdity is that instead of dealing with Palestinian terror attacks or ISIS terror attacks in Europe, they decide to condemn Israel," Netanyahu continued, adding that Israel calls on responsible governments not to honor the UN Human Rights Council decision.

Netanyahu's comments echo Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon, who said that the passage of the resolution “is further evidence of how this organization has a sick obsession with Israel, while at the same time ignoring the major areas of the world in which human rights are violated, primarily Syria, Libya and North Korea."

“While Islamic terror is raging in the world and hundreds of thousands have been killed in the war in Syria and in terror attacks across the Middle East, the ‘Human Rights Council’ proves once again that it is a cynical and hypocritical body that is detached from reality and irresponsible,” said Nachshon. 

Tzipi Livni, the co-leader of the opposition Zionist Union faction in the Knesset, said she was not surprised by the decision, saying that the UN Human Rights Council has an anti-“the UN Human Rights Council’s anti-Israel decision is not surprising.

“What is worrying this time,” she said, “is that the countries closest to Israel did not object to the decision to blacklist companies that work in settlements, and in the eyes of the Council, East Jerusalem is a settlement - that is already a dramatic political crisis.”

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