The United States on Oct. 25 rejected a U.N. report calling for the boycott of companies with commercial activities with Israelis living in the West Bank.
The report to the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) was issued by Richard Falk, the U.N. special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories.
In the report, Falk recommends that U.N. member states and their citizens “boycott, divest and sanction” thirteen companies, including HP, Caterpillar and Volvo.
In an official statement, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice described the calls from Falk as “irresponsible and unacceptable.” Rather than providing the UNGA with ways to advance peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Ambassador Rice expressed disappointment that Falk’s report instead “poison[ed] the environment for peace.”