United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk has recommended a boycott and legal initiatives by civil society against companies which are facilitating israeli crimes against Palestinians.
A United Nations independent expert today called on the world body’s General Assembly, as well as civil society, to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.
“My main recommendation is that the businesses highlighted in the report – as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise – should be boycotted, until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said in a news release issued as he presented a report on his work to the Assembly.
Highlighting the activities of companies such as Caterpillar Incorporated of the United States, Veolia Environment of France, G4S of the United Kingdom, the Dexia Group of Belgium, Ahava of Israel, the Volvo Group of Sweden, the Riwal Holding Group of the Netherlands, Elbit Systems of Israel, Hewlett Packard of the USA, Mehadrin of Israel, Motorola of the USA, Assa Abloy of Sweden, and Cemex of Mexico, the Special Rapporteur noted that a wide range of Israeli and international businesses are involved in the establishment and maintenance of the Israeli settlements.
Full report @ http://blog.unwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/Richard-Falk-BDS-report-to-UNGA-Oct-2012.pdf
Excerpt: The Special Rapporteur reiterates that the businesses highlighted in this report
constitute a small portion of the many companies that engage in profit-making
operations in relation to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.