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June 5, 2013 4:14 pm

Israel’s Foreign Ministry: Labeling Goods ‘Made in Settlements’ Would Harm Arabs Most of All

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View of Har Homa in the West Bank. Photo: James Emery.

According to a report from Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the differentiation between labels for Israeli products being made within the 1949 Armistice Line and those in the West Bank would hurt Jews—but it would harm Palestinian Arabs even more, Israel National News reports.

According to the report, some 22,500 Arabs are employed inside Israeli towns in the West Bank. These Palestinians, who are among the highest paid laborers in the PA, would be hurt significantly by the modified labeling. The report said that on average, Palestinians working for Jewish-owned businesses in the West Bank earned 88% more than those working in Arab towns. In addition, they receive health benefits, pension rights and social benefits that are usually unavailable to Palestinians.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, unemployment would shoot up if the boycotts advocated by anti-Israel groups were to cause a massive rejection of goods by consumers.

The report concludes that if the aim of the European Union and anti-Israel groups is to assist Palestinian Arabs, then the labeling of goods as being “from the settlements” is the most counterproductive action that could be taken.

“The labeling issue affects [PA] employment, level of income, youth unemployment, and the wealth of PA Arabs,” the report said, according to Israel National News.

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  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Believe it or not, that’s actually the point. They WANT Arabs harmed so they can blame that on Israel.

    • Dian Kjaergaard

      I’m afraid you’r right Mr og Ms Beagle!

  • Salomon

    I believe that “Made in Judea and Samaria, three Thousand years of Tradition” will sell more than a mere “Made in Israel”

  • Anyone want to require goods from the Basque region be labeled seperately from France or Spain? Gdansk (Danzig) be labeled as disputed German territory, rather than Poland?

    Right now, Israel is Israel, and until a negotiated treaty to the contrary, these areas should be designated as such. Any goods produced in these ‘neighborhoods’ are the direct product and under the governance of Israel. They are ‘made in Israel’.

  • Arab employees who work for Jewish employers have the best of their Arab lives.

    I betcha they’re glad to work for the Jews, make a decent wage, and be treated like a human being instead of an animal, which is how they will be treated if they had to work for another Arab!

  • H. Bendor

    The naivete of Bogie Ya’alon acquiescing to create a new town in area ‘C’ is contrary to good judgement… The Arabs are ALL fifth columnists and to accept the labeling of merchandise created in Yehuda and Shomron is self defeating…
    To the Arabs it is the self evident desire to hurt Jews while hurting themselves… Exactly like a ‘shahid’ self immolation in a Pizza joint full of young Jews..

  • Fredric M. London

    This is all assuming that any of these groups care one bit about the Palestinians. They do not. Their moves are all to make a strong Israel hating statement. Any who suffer as a result are either to be celebrated or ignored.

    • Dian Kjaergaard

      I’m afraid you’re right!

  • carl

    Sadly, arabs never seem to act in their own best interests.

    • Dian Kjaergaard

      Maybe “never” is too strong – but certainly Arabs have a poor track record of acting in their own best interests!

  • michaelgarfinkel

    The article concludes … if the aim of the European Union and anti-Israel groups is to assist Palestinian Arabs, then the labeling of goods as being “from the settlements” is the most counterproductive action that could be taken.

    Yes, ofcourse, but the aim of BDS, and all the efforts on behalf of the “Palestinans” have little or nothing to do with the welfare of the Palestinians.

    Ruth Wisse said recently that the so-called Gaza Flotilla ought to have been named the “Let’s kill the Jews Flotilla.”

    The same applies here.

  • sharpinla

    Wow so yeah let’s keep the injustices in place and have Israel twist them around with rationalizations and threats!!! LOL

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