UN panel, for first time, backs boycott of settlement products

Israeli soldiers protect Palestinian olive pickers near Hebron in 2011 (Photo credit: Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A United Nations fact-finding mission into the Israeli settlement enterprise appears to promote an international boycott of goods produced by Israeli Jews in the West Bank, in what would be the first time the organization officially backed such a call.

The mission, which conducted its probe from Jordan since Israel did not let its members enter Israel or the Palestinian territories, issued ascathing report Thursday, lambasting Israel for intentionally breaking international law and systematically violating human rights of Palestinian men, women and children in order to drive them away from their lands.

“Private companies must assess the human rights impact of their activities and take all necessary steps — including terminating their business interests in the settlements — to ensure they are not adversely impacting the human rights of the Palestinian People in conformity with international law,” the report states....

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