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The United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council has released a report detailing its work on a database of businesses in Jewish communities located in Israeli areas established after the 1967 Six Day War.

However, the UNHRC has held back the publication of its threatened “blacklist” that lists the names of the businesses, due to serious pressure from both Israel and the United States.

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Publication of the promised blacklist is postponed to an as yet undetermined date.

The UNHRC said in its report that the full list is to be published as soon as all of the companies are contacted and all of the information is “complete.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, harshly condemned the publication of the report, which included information on the number of Israeli and international companies operating in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights.

“On the day that the UN is marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the UNHRC has chosen to publicize this information about the number of companies operating in Israel,” Danon pointed out.

“This is a shameful act which will serve as a stain on the UNHRC forever. We will continue to act with our allies and use all the means at our disposal to stop the publication of this disgraceful blacklist.”

NGO Monitor Legal Adviser Anne Herzberg added that there are major legal issues involved with the “blacklist” as well.

“For more than a year, NGO Monitor has repeatedly warned that there are significant due process concerns with the creation of a UN blacklist of companies.

“In his report and in announcing previous delays, the High Commissioner acknowledged the centrality of these issues.

“NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Al Haq, have been advocating for this discriminatory blacklist for many years to advance a BDS agenda. However, this does nothing to further human rights, and the UN should not devote further resources to this charade,” she said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.