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BDS workshop hails UN human rights office report on Israeli settlements

Ashraf Shannon
Press TV, Gaza

In a statement released on Wednesday; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet named 112 business entities, in Israel and 18 others in six different countries who have ties with Israeli settlements. 

The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement, BDS, held a workshop in the besieged Gaza Strip on one day after the release of the report. 

Palestinians hailed the move by the UN rights office describing it as a victory for international law while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the report and said the US government's position on settlements under Donald Trump is more important than the views of UN organizations.

In March 2016, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution requesting the compilation of a database listing Israeli activities that raised human rights concerns in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Israeli regime, the US and the UK for years tried to block the publication of the blacklist.

The BDS movement started some fifteen years ago in protest against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and has been campaigning for a boycott of all Israeli goods, academic and cultural activities.

Experts say the report by the United Nations human rights office on illegal Israeli settlements was a slap in the face for Donald Trump's so-called deal of the century.

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