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Boycott Companies Violating Human Rights of Palestinians: UN Special Investigator

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The UN Special Investigator on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk on October 24 made a call to boycott Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Veolia Environment, G4S, Dexia, Volvo Group, Assa Abloy, Ahava, Elbit Systems, Mehadrin, Riwal Holding Group and Cemex. He called for a boycott of all companies that have dealings with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until they adhere to international rights standards and practices. These companies are violating international human rights and humanitarian laws by exploiting Palestinian resources and helping Israel construct illegal settlements and provide security for them.

In a report presented to the UN General Assembly, Falk said a number of Israeli-owned and multinational corporations headquartered in the US, Europe and Mexico appear to be violating international human rights and humanitarian laws by exploiting Palestinian resources and helping Israel construct illegal settlements and provide security for them.

Falk said the call for a boycott is an effort to take infractions of international law seriously and “use what influence we have to change behaviour.” He said the pace of Israeli settlement building has accelerated and Israel has ignored UN resolutions condemning the practice, so “there is a sense that what the U.N. says doesn’t count.”

Falk, a Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, has previously angered Israel by comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and accusing it of crimes against humanity because of its treatment of Palestinians. Israel has barred Falk from visiting the Palestinian territories.

In the report, Falk reiterated his request that the Israeli government cooperate with his efforts, as he said it is required to do under the UN Charter.



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