UN Expert Calls for International Ban on Israeli Products Made in Settlements

The UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories says this is a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year-old 'illegal occupation'

Palestinian customs officials dump Dead Sea beauty products into dumpsters as part of a boycott of goods made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank city of Jericho, on December 16, 2009.
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The United Nations independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories is calling for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements, as a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year-old "illegal occupation."

Michael Lynk told the General Assembly's human rights committee Wednesday that the international community should also issue "a clarion call to the United Nations" to complete and release a database "on businesses engaged in activities related to the illegal settlements."

Lynk said the international community has a responsibility and a legal obligation to compel Israel to completely end its occupation and remove barriers to self-determination for the Palestinians.

Israel is deeply opposed to a Palestinian-led international boycott movement, which it views as an attack on its very existence. Supporters of the boycotts say they are a non-violent way of protesting Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.