Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

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"While the release of the database will not, by itself, bring an end to the illegal settlements and their serious impact upon human rights, it does signal that sustained defiance by an occupying power will not go unanswered", Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk said on Friday.

The Israeli air force attacked Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in retaliation to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave into Israel, a military statement said.

The study published yesterday started in 2016 on the initiative of the UN Human Rights Council, which gave a mandate to the OHCHR to provide a database of companies involved in specific activities related to the settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the report as the work of a "biased and uninfluential body".

In a post on his Facebook page, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said that his country would "pursue" the firms included in the United Nations list.

"We will demand compensation for illegally using our occupied lands and for engaging in economic activity in our lands without submitting to Palestinian laws and paying taxes", Shtayyeh added, suggesting that the companies could move to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority to avoid potential retribution.

A spokesman for Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the report was not a "blacklist" and was not meant to qualify any of the companies' business activities as illegal.

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Much of the global community regards the Israeli settler units in the occupied lands as illegal.

" Rather of handling human rights this body is trying to blacken Israel's name".

In a preliminary response, Israel's foreign minister, Israel Katz, called the publication of the list a "shameful surrender" to countries and organisations that want to hurt Israel. "We reject any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust", he said in a statement.

Palestinians are seeking an independent state, demanding all territories seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he is "outraged" by the U.N.'s publication of a list of companies accused of violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israel's West Bank settlements.

Almost all respondents to a recent survey on US President Donald Trump's so-called "deal of the century" for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reject the proposal, and a majority of those polled believe the plan has absolutely no chance of putting an end to Israeli occupation in the area.

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