UN reveals 321 businesses based on illegally occupied Palestinian land

GENEVA The United Nations Human Rights Office on Wednesday issued a report which unveils 321 businesses operating on Palestinian lands illegally occupied by Israel, including East Jerusalem.

The report includes a database of the companies based on Israeli settlements which are considered “illegal” under UN law.

Of these companies, some 206 have been considered for “further assessment,” added a statement.

The information was gathered through discussions with several countries, civil society organizations, think tanks, academics and through discussions with the companies themselves.

“The report makes clear that the reference to these business entities is not, and does not purport to be, a judicial or quasi judicial process,” the report highlighted.

“While the settlements as such are regarded as illegal under international law, this report does not provide a legal characterization of the activities in question, or of business enterprises’ involvement in them.” The report will be reviewed at the upcoming Human Rights Council session on February 24, it was added.

he High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet described the findings as being “highly contentious,” saying he was “satisfied” with the outcome.

The report aimed to study the impacts of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the occupied lands, including East Jerusalem.

Source: Kuwait News Agency