A number of Israeli and international companies are facing the risk of inclusion on a UN blacklist for doing business in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth said Tuesday.
The companies threatened with inclusion on the UN blacklist include Coca Cola, Bezeq telecom company and Teva Pharmaceutical industries.
In 2016, the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution to gather a blacklist of Israeli and international companies operating in the settlements.
Despite Israeli and U.S. pressures, the council is set to release an updated list of the blacklisted companies in March.
"We believe the inclusion of Israeli companies in the UN Human Rights Council's blacklist might expose those companies to legal procedures, prompting international corporations to pull out of their investments in Israel," Tal Granot-Goldstein, CEO of Hot Telecommunication Systems Ltd., one of the companies facing the blacklist, said in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Therefore, we request that the Israeli government and the Foreign Ministry intervene to prevent the publication of this list. Handling this matter is a national interest of the utmost importance," she wrote.
In January 2018, the UN council identified 206 companies operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the Jewish state’s “undivided and eternal capital” -- a move never recognized by the international community.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement construction there illegal.