Trump Demands UN Not Blacklist Companies That Do Business With Jewish Settlers

UN Human Rights Council set to publish blacklist to put pressure on global firms to boycott Israeli settlements

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The Trump Administration is again demanding that the UN Human Rights Council refrain from publishing a "blacklist" of international companies that are in any way engaged in business in the Jewish settlements.

The UN hopes to scare these companies — which include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com and Airbnb — to shun those Jews who live in the so-called "West Bank" as a means of ultimately driving the Jews out.

The Trump Administration, which has already once forced the UN to postpone publishing the blacklist, called it a totally counterproductive move.

"The United States has been adamantly opposed to this resolution from the start," said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, adding, "These types of resolutions are counterproductive and do nothing to advance Israeli-Palestinian issues."

But UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein signaled that he is determined to publish the list by the end of the year, and start pressuring large public firms to join the anti-Israel boycott.

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