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European Union officials will forge ahead with a controversial plan to begin labeling products produced in Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.


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Sam H (410)
Monday September 21, 2015, 7:47 pm
Now Europeans have a menu to pick from. Boycott Israeli products or just products produced in illegal settlements.

Nothing could be more pro-Israel than that!

Faith M (161)
Monday September 21, 2015, 7:50 pm
great idea..then we the people can show hm our dislike an outrage of his genocidal policies by boycotting those products

james C (8)
Monday September 21, 2015, 8:33 pm
I not a great lover of the EU, but on this one I will say thank you!

Misbah Malik (33)
Monday September 21, 2015, 9:12 pm
Ok Thanks EU for taking this step. Israel needs a lesson from someone and u did first , great. Netanyahu is growing out of his size. Teach him so he remains within his limits. Why should we buy thing made in snatched land from others. We don't like his genocidal policies. Great !

Anna Neusüss (127)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:34 am
Thanks for posting, Sam!
No, I don't think it's pro-Israel. I think it will send a message and make the predicament of Palestine more public.And obiously it already got Netanyahu on his defence post.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 9:04 am
Best news of the day--couldn't be more thrilled to hear this. It should've already been done. thx Sam

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 9:58 am
Very good news!

Netanyahu says that this EU action will only hurt peace . . . is that his way of saying that Israel come down harder on Palestinians? I sure hope not!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 10:25 am
Thanks Sam! Makes my day as I kind of lost track on this over the Syria developments and related stories re refugees/migrants etc. We do, after all, have plenty other issues too.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 10:30 am
Listen Nutyahoo, we took a page out of YOUR BOOK !!
Yup, we made an unjustified decision, it is just a perversion of justice and a distortion of reason, and we think that it also harms peace, it doesn't advance it. But let's try it anyways! We cannot possibly fail any greater way than you did.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 10:31 am
And don't forget: If Israel continues expansion of settlements over the Green Line, "the marking of products will just be the beginning," European Union official tells Army Radio.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 10:57 am

My last action for today on care2 is to note your article, Sam ... then I'm flying out and will think of all of you during my holidays ;-).

What a cheap SOB ... "We already have a historical memory as to what happened when Europe marked products of Jews.' "!!! This is so typical to play the worn-out Holocaust card and whining "we are the victims". I'd have thought that at least after using this victim-card for so many decades he'd come up with something new. But there's nothing = mentally totally and absolutely bankrupt.

I just wonder if the EU truly has the guts to follow through and implement it. This doesn't sound too good to me: "But it is possible that technical issues will delay the beginning of this actually happening until later. It's been a very long back and forth."" ... ?!?!?!

Green Stars all around - stay all safe and healthy!!

Sam H (410)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 11:12 am
Enjoy your vacation, Eleonora, and thanks for stopping by on your way out. Well, as they work out the glitches, there are those products that are stamped with “Made in Israel.” That should serve as a good substitute as we were always reminded by our friend that money is fungible! I’m sure the very first settlement wasn’t funded by products produced in that settlement.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 11:16 am

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 11:20 am
Don't know about "tech issues" but, here's one "glitch", the reaction from the other side:

Israel will circumvent EU plans to label settlement products by directly lobbying EU member states against implementation of this guideline.

Israel's foreign ministry decided last week to ramp up its fight against labeling settlement products by circumventing the EU via direct contact with its members, reports the Israeli news portal nrg.

In parallel, the possibility is being examined to submit lawsuits against the EU itself or against its member states in the European Court.

Israel estimates that the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, will publish guidelines mandating the labeling of goods produced in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements already in the coming days, or at the very latest during October.

The EU Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini, said in a debate of the European Parliament some ten days ago that labeling products is a done deal; the working assumption of Israel's foreign ministry is therefore that the EU as an official body will not halt this process.

In light of this, Israel plans to exploit anti-EU sentiment throughout Europe and work directly with EU member states so that the guidelines, when issued, will not be implemented. “It was decided to to act directly with EU member states which may not want to cooperate with the directives from Brussels.”

In addition, Israel foreign ministry emissaries in the target countries will be directed to work with their counterparts, and assist in identifying political allies, particularly in major countries, so that they will help Israel thwart, delay, suspend or annul the guidelines.

From data presented at the Israeli foreign ministry meeting last week, it appears that Israeli exports to Europe from the industrial zones in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights, stand at some $150 million.

Sources in Jerusalem reject the EU claim that labeling products is a technical move with no political motive. “We don't accept these explanations. Our understanding is that this is a political move which harms Israel, harms the peace process, harms the chance that the EU will receive any type of status in this process as one who acts unilaterally against Israel, and harms Palestinian workers who will be fired from their places of employment if there will be a decrease in exports.”

Earlier this month, the European Parliament issued a motion that “Welcomes the EU’s commitment – in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory – to ensuring that all agreements between the EU and Israel must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, takes note of the letter sent to the VP/HR by 16 EU Foreign Ministers on 13 April 2015, encouraging her to take the lead within the Commission with a view to completing the work on EU-wide guidelines on the labeling of Israeli settlement produce.”

Five hundred and twenty-five EU parliamentarians voted for the motion, which dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, 70 voted against and 31 abstained.

Israel is supposedly encouraged by the apparent decision of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, to backpedal on its decision to boycott all Israeli products until an end of the occupation. Reykjavik's mayor, Dagur Eggertsson said on Icelandic public television that he would scrap plans for a boycott of Israeli goods, a proposal which had raised outrage in Israel and elsewhere.

“The changing of Reykjavik's decision and the criticism of the original decision, demonstrate that throughout Europe there exist positive forces which are not hostile to Israel and with whom work is possible,” a senior Israeli foreign ministry source told nrg.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 11:23 am
'{] decision is unjustified, it is just a perversion of justice and a distortion of reason, and I think that it also harms peace, it doesn't advance it,' Netanyahu said. Leave out the EU from this statement and it could be something the EU would say about raising the prison sentence to 20 years for throwing stone some months ago, and after the death of an Israeli who lost control of his car last week and was killed by Palestinians throwing stones, allowing the IDF/police to shoot real bullets at stone throwers in East Jerusalem, As Angelika says: "we took a page out of YOUR book, Netanyahu" .

And then playing the (holocaust) victim again, Europe is seeing right through it. I do hope they get on with this labeling now, because I really would like to buy my products - or not - with a clear conscience.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:01 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Sam H (410)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:03 pm
Wouldn’t any effort to undo what the Europeans want to do result in people taking matters into their own hands and boycotting everything that’s made in Israel?

The interests of Netanyahu and Israel don’t coincide anymore, not that they ever did!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:09 pm
I hope the new regulation will also eliminate /prohibit the nasty practice some dealers have resorted to, that's combined packaging of groceries from different countries! That should never have been allowed through.
More than once I saw red, green and yellow peppers/Paprika bundled from "Portugal and Israel".

Also read this statement from BDSMovement: (I agree!)

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:25 pm
I do hope so it would, Sam! Of course, my country isn't going to lead the move so our trade officials would possibly be most receptive for the lobbyists, but, as you say, people have their own mind as most in the EU do, certainly since 'Protective' Edge'. This name alone being an insult.

One thing is clear. As we've been witnessing over the past years all this massive lobbying going on, pressuring and blackmail being the more accurate term in many cases, one gets a more precise and realistic idea just how that fateful UN resolution 181 ever came about.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 12:32 pm
oops, the link was cut off above: Read: EU labelling of Israeli colonies’ products is hardly enough to bring about European compliance with international law

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 1:28 pm
Boycott (BDS) is ineffective ?
Then why are they getting so heated against this?
CLEARLY distinguishing between settlements and Israel ... and NOT boycotting Israel ....
Yet they tell it as though "Jewish products" are the target ...

How long before a BN supporter turns up here to sell the arguement that this measure only hurts Palestinians?

Can't people SEE the inconsistencies ...

As you said, SAM:
Would YOU buy stolen goods ?????

Kathleen M (210)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:26 pm
Brilliant! Gleefully shared and noted. Thanks, Sam, and all esteemed commenters!

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:36 pm
Great news

S J (130)
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 10:45 pm
thank you Sam, but i heard the evil is quite thick, isn't he?

Dennis Hall (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 8:26 am

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 1:06 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 2:10 pm

Freya H (345)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:19 pm
Thanks for the heads-up!

Sam H (410)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:31 pm
I caught you, Ros! You don't read the labels, but you read the stickers!

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:55 pm
I'd love additional stickers on each piece even if bundled together and wrapped. With a combination as seen and mentioned above I think you can guess what I would do with it! :-))

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday September 23, 2015, 5:00 pm
The one from Israel was most likely the blood red one in that package of Paprika...

Roslyn M (30)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 3:10 am
Don't agree with that statement.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 4:55 am
Sticky labels aren't always on the products (e.g. with fruit & vegetable) in France but law requires place of origin to be indicated on the label over/under the section where the goods are displayed - and if the EU demand that settlement goods be clearly identified is applied ... it will be easier for people to differentiate if they really want to boycott only the (illegal) settlement products, not those from within Israel. This will ensure to each their informed choice and their personal responsibility for level of boycott - or not.

Nicolai L (39)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 5:57 am
well.. have the land of israel is stolen.. i boycott israeli products for years.

Sam H (410)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 10:28 am
Excellent point, Nicolai! Those who stole the land of Palestine can't claim legal ownership of anything produced in that stolen land. No sticky labels needed!

fly bird (26)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 5:01 pm
Boycott Israel products - if the label says 'West Ban', meaning Israeli settlement products, I boycott it.

I boycott hasbara, too, all of it.

Ty, Sam

fly bird (26)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 5:04 pm
typo - "West Bank" - watch the labels.

Made in Palestine, I buy.

Stan B (123)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 10:40 pm
The only things made in " Palestine " are rockets and suicide vests. Not much demand outside of Muslim countries.

fly bird (26)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 11:30 pm
Stan shows his racist attitudes, once again.

Plenty of things made in Palestine - the Israeli occupation forces and illegal settlers can't stand to see the beautiful olive groves and citrus farms and destroy them every chance they get, if they don't terrorize Palestinian civilians to justify robbing every patch they set their beady eyes on - and every thing else, including water sources - even desecrating Palestinian burial sites.

Nothing so revolting as Nazi behavior repeating itself.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:45 pm
Jess - I think it is his ignorance (he doesn't know & doesn't want to know about what most Palestinians produce .... on such land & in such industries as are not uprooted, destroyed or grabbed by settlers &/or IDF ....Recognising that relatively few produce rockets or bombs ... and there haven't been suicide vests for almost 10 years ... would undermine his determined support for Zionism & extreme right Israeli politics ...)

By the way - what proportion of Israelis are paid to produce bombs, munitions, arms? These represent a major part of the Israeli economy, for local use as well as for export .... I can confidently bet that numerically, the number is WAY higher among the Israeli population ... especially as ther Palestinian number is very limited.

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 25, 2015, 1:15 pm
You'll clearly win that bet Evelyn! I once read it amounts to 60%! that's for their economy so it would be a pretty equal number of jobs in the weapons industry.

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 25, 2015, 1:16 pm
For Palestinians, given the %age of CHILDREN among them, it would mean child labor making weapons-LOL

Sandra Penna (135)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 7:28 am
thanbk you, Sam.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Monday September 28, 2015, 9:02 pm
Thanks for sharing Sam.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday November 11, 2015, 2:22 pm
And today they HAVE :
For those reading German:

If the Nutyahoo fumes, which he does and cancelled two appointments, let him! So what .
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