Palestinians welcome UN call for settlement database


JERUSALEM: The Palestinian government has hailed the decision by the United Nations to establish a database of companies working in Israeli settlements.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday adopted four motions on the Palestinian territories, including one calling for the establishment of a list of companies operating from settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israel has long accused the body of unfairly singling it out. Ibrahim Khreisheh, Palestinian envoy to the UNHRC, called the vote a “message of hope for our people.”

“Israel continues to systematically violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinians while enjoying impunity from the international community,” he added.