Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, praised the United Nations Human Rights Council's decision to put the Israeli and foreign companies that operate in settlements in the West Bank on a black list.
AhlulBayt News Agency - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, praised the United Nations Human Rights Council's decision to put the Israeli and foreign companies that operate in settlements in the West Bank on a black list.
This decision will help to isolate and besiege these companies and cause heavy losses to the Zionist economy, he added.
Barghouthi said in a statement on Friday that this decision will help to achieve new victories for the movement of boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The boycott campaign against Israel, which aims to deter the occupation and change the balance of power in favor of the Palestinian people and their just struggle against the occupation, escalates and widens day by day, he added.
He said that the opposition to the decision by the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu will not change it, and will not discourage the campaign to continue its activity against the Israeli occupation and will not deter the supporters of human rights and the defenders of justice against continuing to support the Palestinian people's rights.
Barghouthi pointed out that the boycott campaign had internationalized the Palestinian cause and more supporters for BDS had emerged in the world against the occupation, stressing that if not deterred from its racist practices and violations of Palestinian human rights, Israel will be subjected to further boycott and international isolation.
Barghouti said that any evidence of other companies working in the settlements will face the same campaign until they withdraw their business or else they will incur huge economic losses, stressing that the Israeli system of racial discrimination -apartheid- will face the same fate of the apartheid and racial discrimination in South Africa.
The Human Rights Council passed, among four resolutions in favor of Palestinian rights, a decision relating to accountability for violations Israel pursues in occupied Palestine, which includes for the first time the formation of a data base that consists of business organizations involved in activities in the Israeli settlements. The decision was taken with approval of 32 countries and abstention of 15 countries namely: Albania, Botswana, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Latvia, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Korea, Togo, and the United Kingdom.