UN expert calls for boycott of businesses that profit from Israeli settlementsListen /
The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories has called for a boycott of businesses that profit from Israeli settlements.
Richard Falk who presented his report to the General Assembly on Thursday said that Israel continues to transfer its population to the West Bank where its settlements now control over 40 per cent.
According to Mr. Falk, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have been settled in Palestinian territory of whom about 200,000 have settled in East Jerusalem.
He said a wide range of Israeli and international businesses are involved in the establishment and maintenance of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.
"My main recommendation is that the businesses highlighted in this report as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise should be boycotted, until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards. I also encourage civil society to strengthen their efforts to hold such businesses accountable."
Mr. Falk said that he has written to all the businesses mentioned in his report, and that there have been some positive responses.