Pompeo ‘outraged’ over U.N. list of companies in West Bank (UPI)

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    Pompeo ‘outraged’ over U.N. list of companies in West Bank – By Darryl Coote (UPI) / Feb 14 2020

    Feb. 13 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday lashed out at the United Nations Human Rights Office over a report published earlier this week listing businesses operating in occupied Palestinian territory, accusing the organization of “unrelenting anti-Israel bias.”

    On Wednesday, the U.N. office, headed by High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, published a report identifying 112 business entities including 94 Israeli companies and 18 in six other nations operating in the West Bank. Six U.S.-based companies, with the majority related to tourism, were listed in the report.

    The report was compiled under a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution adopted in 2016 to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the rights of the Palestinian people.

    According to a statement from the U.N. Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, the report is not the result of a judicial process and while the settlements are largely regarded as illegal under international law, it does not provide a legal description of the activities the business are doing.

    In his Thursday statement, Pompeo said he was “outraged” at Bachelet for publishing the list.

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