Our submission to a new U.N. database: The Businesses Involved in Israeli Settlements

On December 30, 2016, the AFSC Economic Activism Program submitted its recommendations toward the implementation of United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 31/36 of March 2016, which called on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to produce a database of businesses that, directly or indirectly, enable, facilitate or profit from the construction and growth of the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. This was in response to the 2013 Report by the U.N. independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people.

THe document includes an overview of AFSC's policy and approach regarding corporate involvement in human rights violations in Palestine and the question of divestment. it explains our methodology in putting together the Investigate database and assessing different companies' complicity, it contains a full index for relevant companies on our detebase at the time of publication and a review of the implications of the restructuring of Hewlett-Packard Co. into four companies. Read AFSC's submission in full here.