UNCHR passes resolution for settlement database

Danon calls resolution a “blacklist”; Netanyahu calls on international community to defend only democracy in the Middle East; PA praises “message of hope for our people”

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UNCHR, the United Nations Human Rights Council, approved a resolution to create a database of companies, both Israeli and international, operating in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The resolution passed after receiving 32 votes in favor, 0 against and 15 abstaining out of the 47-members.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, referred to the resolution for the database as a “blacklist” on Thursday, Prime Minister Netanyahu condemning the move which he referred to as an “anti-Israel circus” attacking “the only democracy in the Middle East” while it “ignores the gross violations of Iran, Syria and North Korea.” He called on international community to take to action, stating, “Israel calls on responsible governments not to honor the decisions of the Council that discriminate against Israel.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded to the resolution “the results of the vote in the ‘Human Rights Council’ represent further proof of this body’s sick obsessiveness, which dedicates itself mostly to Israel. The Council has again proven that it is cynical and hypocritical, disconnected from reality and irresponsible.”

Palestinian envoy to the UNHCR, Ibrahim Khreisheh stated on the resolution “Israel continues to systematically violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinians while enjoying impunity from the international community” and referred to the resolution as “a message of hope for our people.”