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A controversial United Nations special investigator is calling for a boycott of international businesses “engaged in profit-making” in what he called Israeli settlements.

Acknowledging the move was an “innovation,” Richard Falk said he hoped the boycott by “civil society” would help pressure Israel to stop building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

The independent special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories singled out 13 companies, including Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Volvo and Caterpillar.

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In his report to the UN, he said, “The Special Rapporteur calls on civil society to vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction the businesses highlighted in this report, within their own national contexts, until such time as they bring their policies and practices into line with international laws and standards.”

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, rejected Mr. Falk’s report, while the Israeli UN mission described it as “grossly…

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