Tel Aviv, Feb. 13 -- : Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday (local time) announced that the country is freezing ties with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after the OHCHR published a blacklist of companies cooperating with Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The development came hours after UN body published a list of 112 companies that do business in West Bank settlements, reported Times of Israel.

"Foreign Minister Israel Katz ordered the Foreign Ministry to freeze contacts with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which encourages the campaign to boycott Israel", the Israeli Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying in a statement by Sputnik.

Earlier, in a statement, Katz had denoun...