UN blacklist of Israeli companies will hurt Palestinians more than anyone. Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90

Understanding the UN Blacklist of Israeli Companies

Targeting Israeli companies that employ primarily Palestinians only serves to keep the latter in poverty

The UN Human Rights Council recently decided to publish a long-awaited list of 112 Israeli businesses that are linked to Jewish settlements in the so-called “West Bank.” An unfortunate move that constitutes a capitulation to the BDS movement, it is an unfriendly reminder of dark periods reminiscent of the Second World War. Ironically, this highly political decision won’t hurt Israel as intended, but rather will undermine the livelihood of many Palestinians that, due to lack of employment opportunity in Palestinian-governed areas, make their living by working for these same Israeli businesses. After the Palestinian leadership declined the invitation to participate…