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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Report: EU 'weeks' away from finalizing required labeling of 'settlement products'

The more Europe changes, the more they stay the same. Europe has always been a bastion of anti-Semitism and it continues to be one. As even the Arab countries are abandoning anything other than lip service to the 'Palestinian cause,' Europe is stepping up its Jew-hatred, calling for a boycott of 'settlement products' via a labeling scheme.
The European Union is preparing new guidelines that would require Israel to label products made in West Bank settlements if they are exported to the 28-nation bloc, EU officials said Tuesday.
The move is the latest sign of international discontent with Israeli construction of settlements on occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians. And while the work is expected to take weeks, it comes as a grassroots movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel is gaining steam.
Israeli officials reject the European labeling plan, saying it would amount to a type of boycott and would discourage the Palestinians from pursuing peace talks.
The Times of Israel reported last week that the issue of labeling settlement goods could snowball into a major headache thanks to the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement gathers steam against Israel for its policies toward the Palestinians.
According to one of the EU officials, the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, told European foreign ministers last month that work is “underway” and that a set of guidelines will be “finalized in the near future.” The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal EU affairs.
There have been other recent actions that have underscored the controversial settlement issue.
In recent weeks, Israel fended off a Palestinian attempt to expel Israel from FIFA, the global soccer federation. Britain’s national student union endorsed the anti-Israel boycott movement, and the chief executive of French telecom giant Orange said he would like to sever business ties with Israel. The CEO, Stephane Richard, has since tried to backtrack from his comments, but the uproar over the so-called BDS movement has not subsided.
An EU labeling effort would deliver an especially tough diplomatic blow, since Western European countries are among Israel’s closest allies. Europe is Israel’s largest trade market, though products from settlements, including wines, cosmetics and agricultural products, make up a tiny percentage of exports.
Europe's actions are not bringing 'peace' any closer. If anything, they're emboldening the 'Palestinians' to dig in their heels and insist on everything. 

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4 Comments:

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Israel has not yet provided a GIS county clerk title search database. So.... What's happening must be how someone wants it, right? Right?

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Israel should start restricting the sale of all medical and scientific technology to the EU. I'm sure all those life saving things have analogs in Mein Kampf or the Koran.

 
At 3:47 AM, Blogger mrzee said...

I don't know much about economics or international trade, but I wonder whether Israel could file a complaint withe the World Trade Organization about this racist European policy.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger D MO said...

My guess for when Bibi/Israel will FINALLY start to forget this pipe-dream of EU acceptance of Israel as a fellow Western Socialist nation-state?

The 32d of Never-Ever.

Of course, Israel could help the process by taking in millions of Muslim immigrants, institute death-panels for the elderly, have folks retire at 50 years-old, then build up billions in never-to-be-paid-off debt, as Europe is doing now. It's not as if Israel doesn't already have a left-wing brimming over with hatred for Jews, right?

 

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