The United Nations and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions): Modern Antisemitism

UN Secretary-General

Reports

  • September 25, 2017: Third Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) during the period from 20 June to 20 September...During the reporting period, Israel did not 'cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard,' as called for by the resolution...The United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under international law and an impediment to peace. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed to by the parties themselves through negotiations...During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories it occupied in 1967."

  • July 5, 2017: Letter from the Secretary-General to the President of the General Assembly including the progress report from the Board of the UN Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, A/ES-10/756

    "1. The Board of the United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory provides the present progress report, in accordance with paragraph 6 (h) of General Assembly resolution ES-10/17, covering the period from 25 June 2016 to 16 June 2017....
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    4. By 16 June 2017, 62,578 claim forms for registration of damage and over 1 million supporting documents had been collected and delivered to the Office of the Register of Damage in Vienna.
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    16. The Board of the Register of Damage will continue to provide periodic reports."

  • June 20, 2017: Second Report, on Behalf of the Secretary-General, on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "[T]oday I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting on behalf of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Resolution 2334 during the period from the 25th of March to the 19th of June... Mr. President, Resolution 2334 calls on Israel to take, I quote, 'steps to cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.' No such steps have been taken during the reporting period... The United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under international law... Returning to the resolution, Mr. President, during the reporting period, there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing in their relevant dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967."

  • March 24, 2017: First Report, on Behalf of the Secretary-General, on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council on the Situation in the Middle East to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of resolution 2334.

    In this first report, I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advocate and advance the peace process...

    During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967...

    Settlement expansion undermines the very essence of the two state solution. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those changes that are agreed by the parties through negotiations..."

  • March 16, 2017: Report of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/34/39

    "C. Production and Trade of Settlement Goods

    34. The production and trade of settlement goods raises concerns about the human rights impacts on Palestinians caused and exacerbated by business enterprises and States... Accordingly, third States are under the obligation not to recognize the unlawful situation resulting from Israeli settlements, nor to aid or assist in Israel's violations.
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    36. Products that are wholly or partially produced in settlements are frequently labelled as coming from Israel, obscuring their actual origin. This allows the exports to be covered under preferential trade agreements with the EU that exclude settlements. Some measures have been taken to address these issues. During the reporting period, the EU issued new labelling guidelines for products coming from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, or the Golan Heights. Under these guidelines, any products originating from settlements must not be labelled as 'Made in Israel' but must clearly be labelled as produced in settlements.

    37. While States have a primary duty to protect human rights, there is an independent corporate responsibility to respect human rights applicable to all business enterprises, irrespective of where they operate. This is recognized in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which are based on existing responsibilities under international law and have been unanimously endorsed by all the Member States of the Human Rights Council.

    38. The role of Israeli and foreign businesses in supporting and maintaining the existence of the settlements has been highlighted previously. In its 2013 report, the 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 throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (hereafter "the fact-finding mission), concluded that business enterprises have, 'directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the settlements'. Furthermore, it found that businesses 'contribute to their maintenance, development and consolidation' with full knowledge of the liability risks. 39. Since the fact-finding mission's report, there has been increasing attention on the activities of business enterprises related to settlements. In 2014, the Working Group on human rights and transnational cooperation and other business enterprises emphasized that businesses connected to Israeli settlements 'need to be able to demonstrate that they neither support the continuation of an international illegality nor are complicit in human rights abuses; that they can effectively prevent or mitigate human rights risks; and are able to account for their efforts in this regard'. The Working Group stated that where companies cannot prevent or mitigate the risks of being involved with human rights violations through their operations and business relationships, they may need to consider termination of operations.
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    64. Third-Party states should provide guidance on implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to business enterprises domiciled in their territory and/or jurisdiction which operate in conflict-affected areas, including in the context of military occupation, such as in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

    65. Business enterprises should undertake human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address any adverse human rights impact on Palestinians they may cause or contribute to, or which may be directly linked to their operations, products or services."
  • August 23, 2016: Letter from the Secretary-General to the President of the General Assembly including the progress report from the Board of the UN Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, A/ES-10/730

    "1. The Board of the United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (the Register of Damage) provides this progress report, in accordance with paragraph 6 (h) of General Assembly resolution ES-10/17, covering the period from 20 June 2015 to 24 June 2016...
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    4. By 24 June 2016, 55,833 claim forms for registration of damage and over 900,000 of supporting documents had been collected and delivered to the Office of the Register of Damage in Vienna.
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    16. The Board of the Register of Damage will continue to provide periodic reports."

  • August 12, 2016: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 2 May 2016 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 70/16, entitled "Jerusalem", and 70/17, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/71/328

    Brazil: "The Brazilian legislative decree by which the Free Trade Agreement between Brazil and Israel was approved determined that the Government shall negotiate the 'exclusion, from the Agreement's coverage, of goods whose certificates of origin attest as their origin sites under Israeli administration since 1967', which includes not only the Occupied Palestinian Territories but also the occupied Syrian Golan. This issue is currently on the agenda of the Joint Committee established under the Agreement. The manual for Brazilian exporters to Israel published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil discourages financial transactions, investments, or any other business activities related to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Arab Territories. The document recalls Security Council resolution 242 (1967), which determined the withdrawal of Israel from those territories."

  • September 1, 2015: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General pursuant to the request contained in paragraph 24 of Resolution 69/23, A/70/354-S/2015/677

    Palestinian Representative: "It is not coincidental that the Israeli aggression was launched against a backdrop...and rising calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."

  • August 31, 2015: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 1 May 2015 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 69/16, entitled "Jerusalem", and 69/17, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/70/353

    Brazil: "The Brazilian legislative decree by which the Free Trade Agreement between Brazil and Israel was approved determined that the Government shall negotiate the 'exclusion, from the Agreement's coverage, of goods whose certificates of origin attest as their origin sites under the Israeli administration since 1967', which includes not only the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but also the Syrian Golan. This issue is currently on the agenda of the Joint Committee established under the Agreement."

  • August 31, 2015: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, A/70/351

    "4. In accordance with paragraph 9 of resolution 69/92, it is noted that the United Nations country team has embarked on a review of existing procurement policies to ensure full respect for and compliance with Human Rights Council resolution 17/4 and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights."

  • March 9, 2015: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the Occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/28/44

    "15. With regard to action intended to counter the growth of settlements, the European Union decided to ban dairy and other products of animal origin produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which reportedly was to come into force in January 2015. In a statement issued on 6 June 2014, the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other international enterprises reiterated that companies engaged in the Occupied Palestinian Territory should assess the human rights impact of their activities, also in the light of the heightened risks of negative human rights impact in a conflict-affected area, and take all necessary measures to ensure that they did not have an adverse impact on human rights, in conformity with international law and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (see also A/HRC/22/63, paras. 96-99 and 117).In 2012, the Secretary-General emphasized that the business and human rights agenda of the United Nations and the said Guiding Principles should be an integral part of global efforts to bridge existing governance gaps and safeguard protection and respect for human rights in the context of economic activities (A/HRC/21/21, para. 92)."

  • September 4, 2014: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General pursuant to the request contained in paragraph 25 of Resolution 68/15, A/69/371-S/2014/650

    Palestinian Representative: "It is not a coincidence that this Israeli aggression was launched amid...the growing global calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."

  • September 2, 2014: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 8 May 2014 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 68/16, entitled "Jerusalem", and 68/17, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/69/341

    Syria: "The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic once again calls on the States Members of the United Nations to refuse to import natural products taken from the occupied territories or produced there, in order to comply with international law and emphasize the need for Israel to respect that law. Information indicates that settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan are exporting wine to the European Union that is labelled 'Made in Israel'."

  • August 25, 2014: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, A/69/348

    "The Secretary-General notes that the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have all recently issued warnings to their citizens outlining the legal and financial risks of doing business with Israeli settlements, including in the occupied Syrian Golan."

  • October 9, 2013: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, A/68/513

    "Israel must also refrain from issuing permits and licences to private companies seeking to exploit and profit from the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the occupied Syrian Golan."

  • September 9, 2013: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 7 May 2013 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 67/24, entitled "Jerusalem", and 67/25, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/68/371

    Syria: "The Syrian Arab Republic again calls upon Member States of the United Nations to refuse to import natural products taken from the occupied territories or produced there, in order to comply with international law and emphasize the need for Israel to respect that law."

  • August 30, 2012: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 17 May 2012 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 66/18, entitled "Jerusalem", and 66/19, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/67/342

    Syria: "The Syrian Arab Republic calls upon States Members of the United Nations to refuse to import natural products taken from the occupied territories or produced there, in order to comply with international law and emphasize the need for Israel to respect that law."

  • September 6, 2011: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 12 May 2011 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 65/17, entitled "Jerusalem", and 65/18, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/66/338

    Syria: "The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic condemns the distribution by the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in New York of products from the occupied Syrian Golan, and stresses that such behaviour constitutes a flagrant violation of Security Council resolution 497 (1981) and General Assembly resolution 65/179, entitled 'Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources'. The Syrian Arab Republic calls on Member States of the United Nations to refuse to import such goods in order to comply with international law and emphasize the need for Israel to respect that law."

  • September 17, 2010: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 10 May 2010 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 64/20, entitled "Jerusalem", and 64/21, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/65/379

    Syria: "The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic condemns the distribution by the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in New York of products from the occupied Syrian Golan, and stresses that such behaviour constitutes a flagrant violation of Security Council resolution 497 (1981) and General Assembly resolution 64/185, entitled 'Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources'."

  • June 24, 2010: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General pursuant to the request contained in paragraph 24 of Resolution 64/19, A/65/380-S/2010/484

    Palestinian Representative: "Furthermore, as part of our complete rejection of Israel's illegal colonization campaign in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in line with international law and United Nations resolutions, the Palestinian leadership has initiated this year a boycott of all settlement products.
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    We fully reject the continued distribution and sale in our market of any goods manufactured or grown in the illegal Israeli settlements on confiscated Palestinian land and with our exploited natural resources. We believe that it is imperative that all means of support - whether direct or indirect, political or financial - for the illegal Israeli settlement campaign be ended immediately."

  • November 6, 2009: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, A/64/516

    "47. It should be noted that the exploitation of natural resources of the West Bank is by no means confined to water. In March 2009, Yesh Din petitioned the Israeli High Court to rule that the extensive mining operations in the West Bank were illegal and should be halted. As one of the bases of their petition, the non-governmental organization used a Government of Israel report that stated that the annual gravel yield in Area C of the West Bank was a total of some 12 million tons a year and that most of the quarries were owned by Israeli companies and mainly marketed the product in Israel (some 74 per cent of the yield)."

  • September 10, 2009: Report of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The situation in the Middle East, containing replies to note verbale by the Secretary-General of 30 April 2009 concerning implementation of the relevant provisions of General Assembly resolutions 63/30, entitled "Jerusalem", and 63/31, entitled "The Syrian Golan", A/64/343

    Syria: "The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic condemns the distribution of products from the occupied Syrian Golan by the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in New York, and stresses that such behaviour constitutes a flagrant violation of Security Council resolution 497 (1981) and General Assembly resolution 63/201 entitled 'Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources'."

  • October 17, 2006 Report of the Secretary-General Kofi Annan pursuant to General Assembly resolution, ES-10/15, A/ES-10/361

    "4. The register of damage would be known as the United Nations Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (hereinafter referred to as the "Register of Damage"). The Register of Damage would be a list or record in documentary form. An office would thus have to be set up that would be responsible for establishing and maintaining the Register of Damage. As noted in my letter to the President of the General Assembly, the registration of damage would be a technical, fact-finding process of listing or recording the fact and type of the damage caused as a result of the construction of the wall. It would thus entail a detailed submission process that would include a statement setting out the alleged damage, eligibility for registration and the causality between the construction of the wall and the damage sustained.
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    15. In accordance with the advisory opinion, both natural and legal persons who claim to have sustained any form of material damage as a result of the construction of the wall are eligible for compensation. They are thus eligible to request the inclusion of damage in the Register of Damage.
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    20. In keeping with the request of the General Assembly in resolution ES-10/15, the present report sets out the framework for the establishment of the Register of Damage. In reviewing it, the General Assembly may wish to consider adopting a resolution requesting me to establish the Register of Damage along the lines set forth in the present report."

Statements

  • June 17, 2005: Statement by Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the 5206th meeting of the Security Council, S/PV.5206

    "As with continued settlement activity, Israel's ongoing construction of the barrier remains a source of deep concern...I should mention in that connection that the Secretary-General is now in the process of administrative and budgetary preparations to establish the register of damage, as he outlined in his letter of [11] January to the President of the General Assembly. We hope to report further on the establishment of that registry in the coming weeks."

  • January 13, 2005: Statement by Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the 5111th meeting of the Security Council, S/PV.5111

    "As the Council is aware, the General Assembly, in its resolution ES-10/15, requested that the Secretary- General establish a register of damage in connection with the barrier. The Secretary-General, on Tuesday, 11 January 2005, sent a letter to the President of the General Assembly setting out a framework for the register. It will consist of an independent board, legal and technical experts and a small secretariat - a registry. The board will have overall responsibility for the register and will establish rules and regulations governing the work of the registry. We have aimed to develop a structure that will focus on the technical task of gathering claims of damage relating to the construction of the barrier. Details of the staffing, size and cost of the office remain to be worked out, and on those issues the Secretary-General will revert to the Assembly in due course."

  • January 11, 2005: Letter by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the President of the General Assembly, A/ES-10/294

    "You will recall that in its resolution ES-10/15, adopted at the tenth emergency special session, the General Assembly acknowledged the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9 July 2004 on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (A/ES-10/273 and Corr.1), including in and around East Jerusalem, and requested that I "establish a register of damage caused to all natural or legal persons concerned in connection with paragraphs 152 and 153 of the advisory opinion".
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    2. The Registry will consist of: (a) a Board, whose members are appointed by the Secretary-General in their personal capacity, and who shall be independent; (b) legal and technical experts in land and agriculture and in such other fields as may be necessary, appointed by the Board; and (c) a small secretariat consisting of administrative and technical support staff.
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    6. The Registry will be a subsidiary organ of the United Nations operating under the authority of the Secretary-General.
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    I will keep the General Assembly appraised of developments relating to the establishment of the Registry."

  • August 11, 2004: Statement by Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the 5019th meeting of the Security Council, S/PV.5019

    "On 20 July, the General Assembly adopted a resolution (resolution ES-10/15) that acknowledged the advisory opinion rendered by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Israel's barrier... In addition, the resolution asked the Secretary-General to establish a register of damage...The Secretariat is currently studying how best to carry out the task entrusted to it by the General Assembly."