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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Human Rights Watch: Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights

Businesses should stop operating in, financing, servicing, or trading with Israeli settlements in order to comply with their human rights responsibilities.  Those activities contribute to and benefit from an inherently unlawful and abusive system that violates the rights of Palestinians.

The 162-page report, “Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights,” documents how settlement businesses facilitate the growth and operations of settlements. These businesses depend on and contribute to the Israeli authorities’ unlawful confiscation of Palestinian land and other resources.  They also benefit from these violations, as well as Israel’s discriminatory policies that provide privileges to settlements at the expense of Palestinians, such as access to land and water, government subsidies, and permits for developing land.

“Settlement businesses unavoidably contribute to Israeli policies that dispossess and harshly discriminate against Palestinians, while profiting from Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and other resources,” said Arvind Ganesan, director of the business and human rights division. “The only way for businesses to comply with their own human rights responsibilities is to stop working with and in Israeli settlements.”

More than a half million Israeli settlers live in 237 settlements throughout the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. Successive Israeli governments have facilitated this process, but businesses also play a critical role in establishing and expanding settlements, and enabling them to function.


Full Report - 162 pp. 

Detailed Q & A Press Release

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HRW Dispatches: Corporations that Perpetuate Injustices in the Settlements

Al Jazeera: How settlement businesses sustain Israeli occupation

MSNBC: Group wants businesses out of West Bank,p6,d1

The Nation: Human Rights Watch Calls on Businesses to Withdraw From Israeli Settlements

Salon: Human Rights Watch calls on businesses to cease Israeli settlement-related activities

Al Shabaka: How Israeli Settlements Stifle Palestine’s Economy

TIME: Why Human Rights Watch Is Urging Companies to Pull Out of Israeli Settlements

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