For Immediate Release (February 12, 2020)

ICAN’s 4 Ways to Fight the UN Blacklist of Israel

The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (“ICAN”) strongly condemns the United Nations for the creation and distribution of a blacklist of companies operating in the disputed territory of Judea and Samaria controlled by Israel.

This action is plainly rooted in antisemitism, is clearly designed to undermine United States foreign policy and our alliance with the State of Israel, and it perpetuates the marginalization and dehumanization of Jewish people worldwide.

Notably, the United Nations has not produced a similar report or database for any other area of the world.

The United Nations has now effectively joined the Arab League boycott of Israel and has become a modern successor of the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses.

ICAN recommends the following 4 actions in response:

  1. The U.S. Senate should reintroduce and pass the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, or the U.S. House should pass its version, H.R.5595, and transmit to the Senate for consideration. This bill would extend Arab League anti-boycott provisions to the United Nations and the European Union thereby protecting American companies from becoming policy instruments of these international organizations, and;
  2. The White House, State Department, and U.S. Trade Representative should ensure all statutory authorities contained in the 2015 Trade Enforcement and Enhancement Act are utilized to combat boycotts against Israel, and especially with respect to “territories controlled by Israel,” and;
  3. The United States should suspend its engagement and financial contributions to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and;
  4. And, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation could be leveraged for companies doing business in Israel controlled territories, if necessary, to lessen any impact the United Nations blacklist may have on local economies within Judea and Samaria.

ICAN will monitor the United Nations and relevant member-states’ actions on this matter and will activate its grassroots network to lobby the United States Congress and the Administration on the above-mentioned policy recommendations.