February 12, 2020 / 5:46 PM / 15 days ago

Netanyahu rejects U.N. report on companies involved with settlements

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced a long-delayed U.N. report listing companies that have business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

“The U.N. Human Rights Council is a biased and uninfluential body,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “Instead of dealing with human rights this body is trying to blacken Israel’s name. We reject any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust.”

Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Gareth Jones

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