U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he is "outraged" after the United Nations released a list of more than 100 companies it said were in violation of Palestinian human rights for operating within Israeli settlements in the disputed territory of the West Bank.
JCB has always been criticised by rights activists as the Israeli military has been photographed using it bulldozers in the West Bank, where it regularly demolishes Palestinian homes and buildings.
Washington unveiled its "Deal of the Century" peace plan last month, with the proposal recognizing Tel Aviv's claims to sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and recognizing Jerusalem as the country's capital.
Speaking with Israel's Army Radio, the prime minister also made it clear that he considers the US government's position on settlements under President Donald Trump to be more important than the views of United Nations organizations. But Israeli officials accused the report of caving in to pressure from the grassroots Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel and raised concerns the list could be used as the basis for boycotts and other economic pressure against the companies.
What does the report say?
Prince Faisal said: "As we have said in the past, Saudi Arabia along with the other members of the Arab League has always shown a willingness to normalize relations with Israel if there is a just and fair settlement that is agreed by both Palestine and Israel".
In a statement to The Associated Press, JC Bamford said it is "not involved in the activities referred to in this report" and should not have been included.
The long-awaited report included 94 companies based in Israel and 18 global companies, which it said are complicit in the violation of Palestinians' human rights.
"The report makes clear that the reference to these business entities is not, and does not purport to be, a judicial or quasi-judicial process", the OHCHR said.
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Any further steps will be a matter for Human Rights Council member states.
A spokesman for Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the report was not a "blacklist" and was not meant to qualify any of the companies' business activities as illegal.
What has been the reaction?
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz called the publication of the list a "shameful surrender" to countries and organizations that want to hurt Israel.
"The State of Israel will not accept discriminatory and anti-Israeli policies and we will work in all ways to prevent such decisions from being implemented".
According to CNN, the list took more than three years to create.
But it said the database was incomplete and called for all companies with a role in Israel's "apartheid regime" and "grave violations of Palestinian rights under worldwide law" to be included.
Anne Herzberg, the group's legal adviser, called on countries to "reassess their relationships" with the rights office and urged the "maligned companies" to consider legal action against United Nations officials who prepared the list.
And Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out with a predictable response, warning: "Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted". The report said its authors had communicated directly with the companies to allow them to defend themselves or say whether they had changed their operations in the settlements.