Israel Anger over E.U. to Label Settlement Goods*
By Jim W. Dean
Editor’s Note: The naysayers have always said the E.U. moves against West Bank settlement exports would never go anywhere because the Jewish-Israel lobby in Europe would make sure that nothing serious would ever happen. They were wrong, but will never admit it.
Did the Jewish lobby disappear? No, of course they didn’t. But it does put on display that the all powerful image that no one can defy it is no longer accurate.
There is a lesson for all of us in this story, to learn everything we can from it as to how this was done politically. And second, we must openly support this E.U. move to reward those who did the grunt work in pulling this off so others will be inspired to carry it further.
The Israelis are making their usual diplomatic huffing and puffing statements, but we are not hearing, so far, any threats of retribution politically, or seeing the long overused anti-semitism smear being thrown out — an indication that the Zios have realized they have to save that for when they really need it.
Comment: Don’t ignore the current immigrant invasion of Europe is an engineered move to bring chaos by whom?
Missed in all the reporting so far is that “relabeling” these products to disguise their settlement origin is something the Israelis can do if their government will look the other way. It would be a quiet way for the Zionists to get around the ban, and the E.U. knows that.
Would the E.U; do anything in that case? That will tell us if this is real, or just for show. Plus, at the end of the day, these products are not banned from the E.U., just labeled so consumers can choose not to buy settlement-produced goods… Jim W. Dean ]
Israel is outraged by the European Union move forcing Tel Aviv to label products made in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. It came on Wednesday after the E.U. executive, European Commission, passed new guidelines for labelling the products, describing it a technical issue.
Under the guidelines, Israeli producers must label farm goods and cosmetics that come from illegal settlements constructed in occupied lands in case they are due to be sold in the European Union.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry released a statement slamming the move, which it regards as an effort to exert pressure on Israel over its settlements activities. It also summoned the E.U. ambassador to Israel.
“We regret that the E.U. has chosen, for political reasons, to take such an exceptional and discriminatory step, inspired by the boycott movement,” the statement said, referring to the international movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
The BDS Movement is a global campaign which uses economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the goals of the movement — the end of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian land particularly through illegal settlement constructions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Much of the international community, including the EU, regards the Israeli settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967 as illegal because the territories were occupied, and they are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied land.
European Commission vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, said the E.U. decision “is a technical issue not a political stance,” adding that the commission is providing guidance to “the EU member states and economic operators to ensure the uniform application of the rules on indication of origins of Israeli settlement produce.”
He further said that the labelling is related to consumer policy in the European Union, which does not back “in any form a boycott or sanctions against Israel.”
The E.U. envoy to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, also said the move is “an indication of origin, not a warning label.” Products made in the Israeli settlements account for a small portion of Israeli exports. However, labelling the goods has a symbolic meaning and could discourage consumers from a purchase.
The Israeli Economy Ministry, however, has said Wednesday’s decision will inflict a loss of about USD 50 million a year on Tel Aviv and affect fresh products such as grapes and dates, poultry, honey, olive oil and cosmetics.
The 28-nation bloc has already banned goods manufactured in the Israeli settlements from receiving customs exemptions.
Accusing the E.U. of targeting Israel, Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli energy minister, accused the bloc on Tuesday of “disguised anti-Semitism.” The Israeli regime accuses its critics of anti-Semitism.