WHO PROFITS - OCTOBER 2012 NEWSLETTEROct 2012
The UN publishes a report on settlements’ industry, based on Who Profits data
On October 25th, the United Nations published a press release, which presented a special report on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. The report was submitted by the United Nations independent expert, Richard Falk to the UN General Assembly. Its main conclusion was that “all companies that operate in or otherwise have dealings with Israeli settlements should be boycotted, until such time as they bring their operations fully into line with international human rights standards and practice” (section 91, Page 24).
The report addresses Israel’s compliance with its obligations under international law in relation to its occupation of Palestinian territory. It highlights the legal responsibility of corporations and “non-State” actors operating in Israel’s settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. The situation is illustrated in the report through 13 case studies of international and Israeli companies: Caterpillar, Veolia, G4S, Dexia Group, Ahava, Volvo Group, Riwal Holding Group, Elbit Systems, Hewlett Packard, Mehadrin, Motorola, Assa Abloy and Cemex. The special rapporteur, Falk, suggests several recommendations to the civil society, the government of Israel, the involved companies, the international community and other bodies, in order to insure the implementation of international law in the occupied territories (pages 24-25).
A considerable part of the information in the report is based on Who Profits’ publications such as the online database, updates and in-depth reports. ‘Who Profits’ will continue to investigate the commercial activities of international and Israeli companies in the occupation and publish its findings worldwide, in hope to further stimulate candid public debates concerning the economic effects of the occupation.