Efrat mayor Oded Revivi
Efrat mayor Oded Revivi Yoni Kempinski

Mayor of the Judea community of Efrat and Chief Foreign Envoy of the YESHA Council Oded Revivi responded this morning, Thursday, to the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s declared blacklist of Israeli and international companies that do business in Judea and Samaria.

Revivi said that, far from being blacklisted, the companies ought to be rewarded for promoting coexistence and providing jobs for both Arabs and Jews.

“I suggest that the UN take the blacklist it has prepared, and instead of boycotting [the companies], grant them the Nobel Peace Prize. These companies are the ones employing thousands of Palestinian families. These factories are the ones bringing together Jews and Arabs who work together in the same buildings.”

“Those who seek to boycott these companies push coexistence, neighborliness, and economic growth farther away,” he emphasized.

Earlier today,Yediot Aharonot reported that some 130 Israeli companies and another 60 international corporations have received letters from the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan’s Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, warning them that they are being “blacklisted” for “acting contrary to international law and UN decisions."

According to the report, the list in question includes well-known Israeli companies spanning different sectors, from food to services, pharmaceuticals to hi-tech. All of them, however, have one thing in common: They operate in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, or the Jordan Valley. It has been proven conclusively that Israel is not violating international law in these areas.