Michele Bachelet didn’t even make a pretence of consulting Israel or warning her about the impending blacklist publication:

Sources in Jerusalem said that Israel was given only an hour notice prior to the publication of the list, learning of it via the Americans. They added that OHCHR and/or High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet had not spoken with Israel about it.

Rachel Risby Raz, whose family owns a firm that provides security guards, said that no one from the UN had been in touch with the company before publication of the list, which she heard about only from the media.

She knew that her company could be on it, because it had been contacted two years ago by OHCHR. She went on line and found her company on the list on the UN web site.

“It seems quite ridiculous the whole concept of the list,” particlurly the concern that people like her self who offer an important service to save lives were somehow profiting by allegedly breaking international law.

President Reuven Rivlin read out the names of some of the companies at an event at his residence in Jerusalem.

“I am proud to give these businesses a platform. Proud to be Israeli. I am proud that these are Israeli businesses, patriots who contribute to Israeli society, to economy and to peace. Although we do not promote private businesses here in this house, when Israeli businesses are under the threat of boycott, we will stand with them,” Rivlin said.

“Boycotting Israeli companies does not advance the cause of peace and does not build confidence between the sides. We call on our friends around the world to speak out against this shameful initiative which reminds of dark periods in our history,” he added.

Anne Herzberg, legal adviser and UN Liaison at NGO Monitor said,”These companies have done nothing wrong, and many are involved in providing goods and services to Palestinians pursuant to the Oslo Accords.

“This list was made in conjunction with pro-BDS and PFLP-linked NGOs,” Herzberg said. “The maligned companies should begin assessing plans to take legal action against the UN officials who prepared the list and those who will propagate its false claims.

Shame on the UN, particularly the UNHRC, for this illegal, immoral and illogical blacklist. Shame on UNICEF for doing nothing to protect the lives of Israeli children. Shame on the Palestinians for their rejectionism and violence.

And shame on the Israeli government for doing nothing to protect the residents of the south. All they do is talk talk talk. Netanyahu promises and threatens surprises and retaliation, but …. we are still waiting.

Published at Anne’s Opinions