Palestine slams US pressure on UN over updating companies operating in Israeli settlements

A Palestinian man looks towards the Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron built next to the Palestinian village of Naqoura, west of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, November 23, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

Palestine on Sunday slammed the U.S. move to pressure the United Nations not to update its list of companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told "Voice of Palestine" that "the Palestinian leadership rejects any U.S. pressure on the UN and its operating institutions."

He added that his ministry is working to arrange a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk.

His remark came after U.S. State Department Spokesman Vedant Patel said Friday that Washington "continued to oppose any action to update the list, and has raised concerns directly with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights."

In February 2020, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published a list of companies operating in Israeli settlements. The list comprises 112 companies, including Israeli and American companies.

Israel took control of the West Bank after the 1967 war and established dozens of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are considered a violation of international law.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which was enacted in 2016, deemed these Israeli settlements illegal and urged an immediate end to them in the Palestinian territories.