Last Wednesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report announcing a historic database of companies doing business with illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
But they didn’t name any of the 206 companies on it.
Luckily, we already know at least some of them.
The Washington Post reported in August that among the American companies that received letters informing them that they’d be on the UN list were Caterpillar, Priceline.com, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb.
We don’t have to wait for the database to be made public. It’s time for these four corporations to realize their actions have consequences. Click here to tell them: get out of the settlement business. https://secure.everyaction.com/-tdli0XX-UKThU8yv--75w2?emci=064f99b0-9007-e811-80c2-00155da75f18&emdi=ec5803d0-1408-e811-80c2-00155da75f18&ceid=67625&fn=Adam&mn=&ln=Keller&em=1453ak%40gmail.com&add1=7+Uziel+St+&ci=Holon&st=&pc=&hp=&mp=&wp=&ep=&oc=&p=&s=
We aren’t waiting, we aren’t wringing our hands, and we aren’t discouraged: we’re calling out the corporations that profit off of the oppression of Palestinians.
The decision not to name names at this stage shows just what an uphill battle it is to bring Israel into compliance with international law and respect for human rights.
According to the same Post story, the U.S. and Israeli governments are trying to prevent the list's publication1— one area among many where Netanyahu and Trump’s interests and tactics overlap.
But their tactics won’t work.
Take action now. Tell the CEOs of Caterpillar, Priceline, TripAdvisor and Airbnb:
Get. Out. Of. The. Settlements.
It’s time to pressure the CEOs of these four corporations. There’s no reason, or excuse, to wait:
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky hasn’t heard from you in a while, but the Stolen Homes campaign garnered over 120,000 signature and staged actions all across the U.S. and Europe demanding the home-rental giant get out of settlements.
Caterpillar has a dirty and sordid history in Palestine. Their machinery has bulldozed and destroyed Palestinian homes for decades.
And now we’re taking on Priceline.com and TripAdvisor— their CEOs need to know that we have choices, and we choose not to line their pockets while they break international law and dismiss the value of Palestinian lives.
The UN has spoken:
“The violations of human rights associated with the settlements are pervasive and devastating, reaching every facet of Palestinian life. Owing to settlement development and infrastructure, Palestinians suffer from restrictions on freedom of religion, movement and education; their rights to land and water; access to livelihoods and their right to an adequate standard of living; their rights to family life; and many other fundamental human rights.”
And that’s not acceptable.
Take a stand with us by taking action today, and we’ll add all the other named businesses to our action when the list comes through.
Ari Wohlfeiler Deputy Director Jewish Voice for Peace
U.S. pushing to quash U.N. ‘blacklist’ of firms doing business in Israeli settlements, Washington Post, 8/21/17 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-pushing-to-quash-un-blacklist-of-firms-doing-business-in-israeli-settlements/2017/08/21/c6de9eec-8439-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html?utm_term=.b1e3b2093a85