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Pompeo Blasts UN List of Firms Doing Business in Settlements

USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thur. 13 Feb. 2020: "I am outraged that High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, published a database of companies operating in Israeli-controlled territories. The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database, which was mandated by the discredited UN Human Rights Council in 2016. Its publication only confirms the unrelenting anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations. We call upon all UN member states to join us in rejecting this effort, which facilitates the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) campaign and delegitimizes Israel". Likewise USA Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the panel's ranking member, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) slammed the report by the UN human rights body for blacklisting USA companies that operate in the Israeli-controlled parts of Judea & Samaria. "This incredibly biased report is in direct support of the Boycott, Divestment & Sanction movement against our close ally Israel," Risch said. "This list and its public release were driven by politically motivated actors who seek to isolate Israel and undermine its right to exist," said Menendez. (VFI News)