Thursday, February 13, 2020

EMET Responds to the UN Anti-Israel Blacklist

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2020

Today, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, compiled a black list of 112 companies that are located in East Jerusalem, Judea and Sameria, and the Golan Heights, as well as businesses outside of Israel that have ties to Israel, which the UN feels should be "boycotted" to oppose Israel's presence over the "Green Line".

The intent of this list is to support the Palestinians who have refused to sit down and negotiate directly with the Israelis and who have refused to participate with the Trump administration when they had approached the Palestinians directly for input concerning the peace plan. This is a way to circumvent direct negotiations and to undermine the administration's peace proposal. What the Palestinians have attempted to do for decades now is to keep the conflict alive and avoid coming to a resolution of the conflict. To further these evasive maneuvers, the Palestinians have taken their case to the international community, using forums such as the United Nations, in order to avoid the painstaking process of making negotiations

Blacklisting companies is a heinous act and is a particularly sensitive concept for the Jewish people. It recalls the beginning of the rise of Nazism in Europe, when Jewish shops and businesses were boycotted as the early indicators of more menacing measures to come.

Says Sarah Stern, Founder and President of EMET, "The release of this blacklist today by the United Nations indicates once again that the Palestinians and their enablers at the United Nations are not actually interested in making peace, but are using the U.N. and other international bodies to circumvent peace-making and to keep the conflict alive. Going to the United Nations to bash Israel will not bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. There is only one way to do this, and that is through direct face-to-face negotiations."