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France Committed to Labelling of Israeli Settlement Products

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French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said that Paris backs EU plans to label products from Israeli settlements.


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Freya H (345)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 11:59 am
I won't buy even beer that is made there!

Kathleen M (210)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 12:57 pm
Labeling is a good move, but BDS is the gold standard! Thanks for sharing, Sam.

Carol R (11)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 12:59 pm
From the article:

"The labelling plan has been blasted by Israel which says it is the target of an international delegitimisation campaign.

But Macron was adamant that France opposes campaigns such as that of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which aims to put political and economic pressure on Israel over its occupation of the Palestinian territories.

"We are against any practice such as that of the BDS," he said.

In April, France and 15 other European Union countries urged the bloc to clearly label products sold in member counties which originated in Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, all occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War."

Israel will not tolerate anything less than 100% blind support for it's Zionist agenda from anyone... good for France.
Saw some of the other headlines about Israel while at the site.... so they decided to "ease" the rules on shooting stone throwers??? As if the violence against Palestinians is not bad enough as it is!
Thanks Sam.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 2:10 pm
European diplomats have long said that labeling is only the first in a series of steps the EU could take against Israel over its settlements policy and nobody will stop this plan from going forward! Banking sector is next, Mr Nutyahoo! Don't say you weren't warned!
France will follow this like everyone else will, no matter how Israel vaccinesor threats European ministers.
Thanks Sam!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 2:23 pm
Here's the full document as issued by the ECFR(European Council on Foreign Relations) in July, 2015

EU DIFFERENTIATION AND ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS (copyright, but I'll paste the summary)


The EU has implemented a de facto policy of
differentiating between Israel and settlement
activities in the Occupied Territories within its
bilateral relations. The EU’s legal requirement
to comply with its own non-recognition of Israeli
settlement activity has resulted in a nascent,
legally driven, consensus around differentiation.

Differentiation is one of most impactful tools at the
EU’s disposal for challenging the incentive structure
underpinning Israeli support for the status quo.
The EU and its member states must acknowledge
and own differentiation as a fully-fledged policy
by giving it a name and referencing it in official
statements issued at the senior political level.

European leaders should actively defend
differentiation from increasingly forceful efforts
by Israel’s political class to misrepresent and
conflate EU actions with a boycott of Israel.
Differentiation does not stem from a desire to
isolate Israel, but rather from deepening EU-
Israel ties and EU legal obligations.

Stepping up differentiation is consistent with past
EU statements and conducive to the EU’s policy
objectives. This report outlines several areas
where the logic of differentiation calls for further
consideration and legal analysis in order to achieve
broader, coherent and consistent implementation.


Angelika R (143)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 2:35 pm
All of that is, of course, and unreasonably formulated with the official assumption of a "two-state solution, the farce that has already become more than unlikely.
Deepening EU legal obligations, ok, but forget about "deepening EU-Israel ties"! The only thing deepening here is the rift and self-deligitimisation by Israel. EU functionaries and politicians are one thing, the people another.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 9:27 pm
Awesome--i'd def wanna know+wouldn't buy anything from there either. Think we all have a right to know. thx Sam

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 10:47 pm
Noted. Thank you Sam.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday September 6, 2015, 11:10 pm
Thanks Sam

Past Member (0)
Monday September 7, 2015, 12:00 am
Thank you Sam

Lona G (66)
Monday September 7, 2015, 5:15 am
I wish Europe would have the guts to support BDS, but I just don't see it happening in the near future. At least with labeling Europeans are given the option to follow their own conscience if the parliamentarians will not follow theirs.

One thing needs to become clear, however. The article doesn't speak of the type of labeling France is committed to. There seems to be some misunderstanding about the bar code Israel is using. Rumor has it that it changed from 729 to 871, as your picture would suggest, Sam, but 871 is the bar code for products sold by Dutch companies, but these products may be (partly) from Israel. Confused, have a look at: A note on barcodes: Israel has not “changed its barcode to defeat BDS”
So bar codes don't seem to be much help, we have to look for a label of country of origin. Let's hope France is talking about this kind of labeling.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday September 7, 2015, 5:36 am
Lona - glad you raised this point.

The problem is that the barcode reflectswhere the company who sells the goods are registered - not where it is produced - so barcodes are far from a fully reliable guide.

If there is more strict control over labelling of country of product origin ... this would be a better guide. But there is also a "small" matter of settlement products being labelled as "made in Israel" ... although under international law, the settlements are NOT in Israel.

They're not in Palestine, either ... in practical, real terms. They should therefore be clearly labelled as "Made in Israeli Settlements" (or "produced in") ...... Truest description.

BDS activist sites try to keep accurate up-to-date information on what products are from settlements (or contain ingredients from settlements) compared to goods that are 100% produced & made in Israel ..... They are the most reliable guide.

Those wanting to boycott only settlement-related goods can't rely on barcodes at all. One has to cross-check one's regular purchases against the organisations that monitor this (including some Israeli NGOs)

Or just avoid all "Made in Israel", in order to minimise purchases of goods in whose production the settlements have played a part.

Which still leaves the challenge of settlement ingredients in goods packaged by companies registered in other countries ....

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 7, 2015, 7:14 am
Why would anyone pay more attention to some bar codes when it is much more visible and printed out "prodced in.." /product of."That's how all our goods are labeled. And by my understanding of the EU directive, in future it will say "in /of Israeli settlements" .And, as said many times before and repeated above by Evelyn, we can just avoid anything with a word 'Israel' in it..and many do already.

John De Avalon (36)
Monday September 7, 2015, 9:33 am
871? Why not go the whole hog and put a Star of David?

Josef Goebbels would be proud of you!


Sam H (410)
Monday September 7, 2015, 10:34 am
Come to think of it, the Star of David has nothing to do with Judaism. It’s relatively new use is more associated with Zionism than the Jewish faith. It was when the Zionists hijacked the religion that its use became prevalent. It certainly was not of existence thousands of years ago when Jews lived among the other inhabitants of Palestine.

So if you are for peace, John, you should work to stop those who burn babies and their parents to death and then leave the Star of David as their visiting card.

You should work to stop those who break international law and confiscate Palestinian land to build illegal settlements.

The Jews never faced a more ominous threat than Zionism.

Inasmuch as money is fungible (as one of our friends used to say), boycotting Israeli products is far more legitimate and peaceful than any of the methods used by the Zionists to found Israel on Palestinian land.

Please let us know how you’re going to bring peace to the Holy Land by curbing all those criminal, illegal and illegitimate activities committed by the Zionists.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 7, 2015, 11:05 am

Birgit W (160)
Monday September 7, 2015, 1:09 pm

John De Avalon (36)
Monday September 7, 2015, 2:27 pm
Sam: You don't know what you're talking about.
It doesn't surprise me that you're drawn to BDS, they speak your language.

John De Avalon (36)
Monday September 7, 2015, 2:33 pm
'Troublemakers and criminals' .... A damning condemnation of BDS.
By, of all people, the Palestinian Authority

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday September 7, 2015, 2:39 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Sam. Good to see.

fly b (26)
Monday September 7, 2015, 3:05 pm
Please sign the petition: World Leaders: Lift the Gaza Blockade.

To: UN Special Coordinator Mladenov, Sheikh Emir Al Thani, President Obama, President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Cameron, Prime Minister Solberg, EU Vice President Mogherini, and all other world leaders:

One year on from the devastating conflict in Gaza, we are calling on you to press Israel to end the blockade and to immediately remove wood, steel bars, cement, aggregates, and other essential construction materials from the list of items restricted from entering the Gaza Strip. Not one of the 19,000 homes destroyed in Gaza has been fully rebuilt in the last year. World leaders have pledged $3.5 billion to rebuild Gaza, but Israeli government restrictions on the entry of building material are costing reconstruction efforts severe delays. As concerned citizens, we urge you to take action to press for an end to these restrictions now, so that families are lifted out of the rubble and homes, schools, and hospitals can be built.

Thanks, Sam.

Knud Thirup (53)
Monday September 7, 2015, 3:24 pm
Noted and shared.Thank you Sam.

Janet B (0)
Monday September 7, 2015, 3:33 pm

Stan B (123)
Monday September 7, 2015, 8:04 pm
Hundreds of Palestinians working for Soda Stream in the West Bank must be really pleased with BDS.
They have lost their well paid jobs and have little prospect of finding new ones.
What a great victory!!

Fran F (116)
Monday September 7, 2015, 8:46 pm
Noted. Thank you, Sam. I avoid buying Israeli products.

fly b (26)
Monday September 7, 2015, 10:09 pm
Good news!

I boycott Israeli products. Look at the labels, carefully.

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 6:41 am
I find it fascinating, the extent to which the pro-Zionists compile all they can (e.g. the Gatestone Institute auther whose article was suggested by John) to show BDS in as bad a light (and not supported by "good" Palestinians) .... While the "official" position is that BDS is ineffective and doesn't hurt either Israel or the settlements ...

Yet the very rush of such articles, trying to undermine & devalue BDS, demonstrates that in fact BDS IS an effective non-violent resistance movement .........

So I for one will continue to pay attention to what I buy, and avoid settlement produce etc etc ... Because this drive to "kill" the BDS movement tells me that the movement is having some effect.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 7:44 am
Evelyn, yes, that's the old familiar and typical phenomenon where insincere people in their hype and haste keep contradicting themselves and eventually get tangled up in their own web.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 9:06 am
And here's one more success: - right on time after Labor Day!

Read the press release
United Electrical Workers union (UE)Endorses BDS Movement for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

Then THANK them (for being the FIRST US National Union to Endorse BDS!) (Take notice Bernie!)

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 9:26 am
From the article I quoted ...

"The Palestinian Authority concluded that the BDS activists are anti-peace extremists whose goal is to prevent any peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians."


Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 11:16 am
According to a Gatestone Institute (pro-Zionist organisation) author .... writing an article anti-BDS

The "PA" in this case being some members of the PA, those who spend their time and effort ceding ground to Israeli policies .... and never winning back any real concessions that allow progress towards peace .... except, perhaps, release of some of Palestinian tax money withheld for the PA because Israel disapproved of the PA's applying to join the ICC ..... Oppression tends to produce that kind of crawling .... which is why Abbas is unlikely to win when .... sooner or later .... there are new elections (long overdue)

Another inconsistency - the pro-Zionists love to hammer home the poor record of the PA/ Abbas, & the corruption among many PA politicians including Abbas .... yet here they are, leaping to quote Abbas as a trustworthy voice? No further comment ...

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 11:17 am
Thanks Angie - already signed

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 11:37 am
EU will soon label products from Israeli settlements

The European Union is finalising its guidelines on the labelling of products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

“The work is close to being finished but it is still ongoing,” Mogherini said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, who holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said: “We have to make sure that consumers can distinguish products that come from territories occupied by Israel,” adding that the instructions to label such products are expected by the end of the year.

“This is not a hostile move against Israel. This is happening today in Britain and it should be applied in the rest of the European Union Member States,” he said.

Mogherini said the new move will result in an angry Israeli reaction, and could obstruct the resumption of peace talks.

“One way for us to contribute to a better understanding and a better sense of cooperation between Europe and the Arab world, the whole Middle East,” Mogherini said.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 5:00 pm

Thanks Angie - signed already and hope more will follow!

Carol R (11)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 6:45 am
Thanks for the link Angie. Signed in solidarity from a proud SEIU 775NW Union member.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 9:11 am
Barghouti has made his views clear. He seeks the dissolution of Israel. He doesn't support a two nation solution.

The BDS is therefore a racist organisation and as that attitude can only contribute to violence and conflict, instead of a peaceful negotiated solution, nor is it by design a peaceful one.


Sam H (410)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 9:25 am
Netanyahu and Likud have made their views clear. They seek to subjugate the Palestinians. They don't support a two nation solution. Netanyahu, Likud and those who support them are racists and their attitude can only contribute to violence and conflict, instead of a peaceful negotiated solution. The blood on their hands is all the evidence we need to figure out where they stand.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 12:14 pm
“BDS is a non-violent human rights movement that seeks freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people, based on international law and universal principles of human rights. As such, BDS has consistently and categorically rejected all forms of discrimination and racism, including anti-Semitism as well as dozens of racist laws in Israel.
Our non-violent struggle has never been against Jews or Israelis as Jews, but against an unjust regime that enslaves our people with occupation, apartheid and denial of the refugees’ UN-stipulated rights. We are proud of the disproportionately high number of Jewish activists in the BDS movement, especially in the U.S.

Those who claim that BDS hurts Palestinians are not just making unfounded and unethical claims that fail to understand how resistance is always costly at first. They are also patronizing in telling Palestinians that they understand our interests better than we do. We reject this colonial attitude completely. Nothing hurts the Palestinian people, whether in ‘67′, ‘48 or in exile, as much as Israel’s racist and colonial oppression does.”

Sam H (410)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 3:06 pm
The same can't be said, Angelika, about those Zionists who oppose BDS.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 4:23 pm

Great comments (with some exception ...)! A special thank you and stars to Angelika to post the reasons which motivated the BDS movement. One needs to hold it into people's face from time to time for them to read again (if they ever did or do) and to understand.

Thanks also to you, Sam, for pointing out what almost everybody likes to brush under the big carpet. And if anyone questions it we should recall what was stated as clear policy during the 2006 elections while "peace talks" were still on the official polit-Israel's agenda:

Likud: “Flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

National Union: “Absolutely rejects the idea of a Palestinian state between Israel and the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan.”

National Religious Party: “The State of Israel alone shall exist between the Jordan River and the
Mediterranean Sea. No Palestinian state or any other foreign sovereign entity shall be established in this

It cannot be stated any clearer than that!!

BDS is the peaceful and non-violent way to go very much like during Apartheid South Africa. What was right then ... is even more right today!!

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday September 9, 2015, 4:52 pm
I hate to add "and tomorrow" as it should succeed yesterday. But tomorrow is necessary still as long as there are many left to jump on the bandwagon. Fortunately more and more are jumping on.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 10:39 am
Now that we've already ended up at BDS I might as well post this new petition here as well in case anyone missed. It's the follow up to the earlier Dionne Warwick petition:

Tell Kanye West: Don't be "Heartless" — Don't Play Apartheid Israel!

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 11:00 am
What can one expect when they start warping minds so very young? "Left Wing" is BAD - according to this New Hasbara Booklet for Kids: "There's No Such Thing as Palestine"

Signed, Angie

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 1:51 pm

Thanks Angelika - naturally signed!

And thank you too, Evelyn - almost missed your posting!!

Carol R (11)
Friday September 11, 2015, 6:20 am
Thanks for the link to the petition Angie, signed with pleasure.
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