Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, slammed the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday for releasing the database of companies operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Pompeo said in a statement that he is “outraged” by the decision.
“The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database, which was mandated by the discredited UN Human Rights Council in 2016,” he added. “Its publication only confirms the unrelenting anti-Israel bias so prevalent at the United Nations.”
He said that the US has not provided “and will never provide any information to the Office of the High Commissioner to support compilation of these lists and expresses support for US companies referenced.”
He also called other UN members to join the US “in rejecting this effort, which facilitates the discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) campaign and delegitimizes Israel.”
“Attempts to isolate Israel run counter to all of our efforts to build conditions conducive to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that lead to a comprehensive and enduring peace,” Secretary Pompeo concluded.
US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, tweeted that the decision to release the database is “yet another stain on the already blemished record of the United Nations’ reflexive bias against Israel.”
“Commissioner Bachelet, if your focus is truly advancing human rights, you have gotten this exactly wrong!” he added.
Genesis 12:3 KJV – “And I will bless them that bless thee [Israel], and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”