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April 16, 2015 4:33 pm

16 EU Ministers Endorse ‘Made in the West Bank’ Label for Israeli Products

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European Union (EU) flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels. EU ministers are calling on the policy chief to label certain Israeli products as "Made in the West Bank." Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Sixteen European Union (EU) foreign ministers have signed a letter calling on the EU’s foreign policy chief to label Israeli products made beyond the 1949 armistice line as “Made in the West Bank.”

In the letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, the foreign ministers said that the proposal would help consumers from being “misled by false information.”

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“European consumers must indeed have confidence in knowing the origin of goods they are purchasing,” the ministers wrote. “Green Line Israel and Palestinian producers will benefit from this.”

The initiative was led by Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and was supported by ministers from the UK, France, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Croatia, Malta, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, Finland and Austria.

EU ministers from a number of strong Israeli allies, mainly in Eastern Europe—including Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Cypress, Romania—did not sign the letter.

The letter cites a previous one advocating the same labeling measure that was sent to Mogherini’s predecessor, Catherine Ashton, in 2013. At the time, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Ashton to put the initiative on hold while he pursued peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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  • Vittore

    I’d say mark it in several places on the box “Made in Judea and Samaria” in the local languages. Get the Europeans to learn the real names of the place.

  • Bernardo

    What if a product was made in the West Bank came from a Palestinian owned business? Should it be also discriminated against? The solution is to label Jewish or Palestinian ownership, but then we are back to the 30’s in Germany.

  • Louis Stein

    …And let’s name exports from France as “made in China” so people know where those products are made…and same for other countries if they want to play that game.

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