This tug-of-war, which caused deep divisions during a special session of the UN Security Council in New York this week, has now moved to Geneva, after the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday released a database of 112 businesses that are involved in Israeli settlements. The UN database as it stands does not provide a complete picture of companies involved in illegal Israeli settlements, as acknowledged in the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The long-awaited release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s database of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise made the expected headlines and brought the anticipated reactions from Israel and Palestine. Pompeo: US rejects UN database of Israeli settlement companies . An interactive visualization of the UN database of companies complicit in illegal Israeli settlements. The Israeli government and its allies are mobilising to try and thwart a United Nations list of companies complicit in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The UN Human Rights Council, in an innovative move, had charged the High Commissioner for Human Rights with creating a database, to be updated annually, of business enterprises involved in activity that, “directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the Israeli settlements” and “raise particular human rights violations concerns.” Read more about UN holds back names of Israel settlement profiteers .

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Report on Business Activities Related to Settlements in the oPt (Advance Unedited Version) (A/HRC/43/71)

Ali Abunimah 31 January 2018. Ali Abunimah 19 December 2017 The mandate to produce the database set out by the UN Human Rights Council is restricted to ten well-defined activities. Mike Pompeo says the United States 'has long opposed the creation or release' of the list. Human rights defenders say database of firms must be published despite political pressure. After countless delays, the UN released the highly-anticipated database of companies that operate in Israel’s hundreds of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. A database of 112 businesses connected to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has been hailed by an independent human rights expert as “an important initial step towards accountability and the end to impunity”. As apartheid deepens Israel targets the UN settlements database . The UN database of companies cooperating with illegal settlement activities is not exhaustive or binding, but it is a crucial starting point.