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
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.
The Palestinians reject peace talks with
Israel and then try to get boycotts imposed on Israel for there being no
peace talks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting Czech
Republic Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek during a meeting in Jerusalem
on Monday, calling it a "perfect trap."
Netanyahu explained, "We want two states for
two peoples: a Jewish state, a Jewish nation state -- Israel, living in
peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state," Netanyahu said.
"Unfortunately, the Palestinians don't negotiate. They ran away from
negotiations. They ran away from [Ehud] Barak; they ran away from
[Ariel] Sharon; they ran away from [Ehud] Olmert; they ran away from me.
... What they do is they refuse to negotiate, refuse to deal with the
framework of John Kerry, in the White House, run to Hamas, which calls
for our destruction, go to the U.N. and try to get sanctions on Israel.
They refuse to negotiate and then try to get boycotts on Israel for
there not being negotiations which they refuse to enter. Catch-22.
"And Israel is being blamed. There is talk of
labeling products on Israel, there's talk of U.N. Security Council
resolution demands on Israel. This will push peace further and further
back. Because why should the Palestinians negotiate when the U.N. will
give them everything without negotiations?
"I think this cycle has to be stopped. I think
we have to get back to direct negotiations without preconditions. I
think it's important that the international community stop giving the
Palestinians a free pass.
In the last three weeks, two American states - Illinois
and South Carolina
- have passed anti-BDS bills. In Illinois it is now illegal for the state to invest its pension funds in companies
that boycott Israel, while in South Carolina it is now illegal for state agencies to contract with any business that
boycotts others “based on race, color, religion, gender, or national
origin.” The last item on the list—”national origin”—effectively
encompasses boycotts of the state of Israel, but is not limited to
The European Union is effectively carrying the ball (along with US President Obama) for a 'Palestinian state' and you have to wonder why. The only explanation I can think of is classic anti-Semitism.
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