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April 17, 2015 10:24 am

Israeli Foreign Minister Compares Labeling of West Bank Products to Nazi’s Yellow Star

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: Israeli government.

Ynet – Israeli officials fired back at the call by 16 European foreign minister to mark products made in the West Bank’s settlements, evoking a Holocaust-era comparisons and claiming the EU was blaming Israel for the stalemate in peace talks.

“They can put a yellow patch on products from Judea and Samaria and the Golan,” Foreign Minister Lieberman said defiantly Friday to Israel Radio.

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  • Julian Clovelley

    It is normal for products to bear a country of origin label. Like many customers in Australia I always check such labels. There are certain products I will not purchase form particular countries – for me that especially applies to food products on health grounds.

    What label then can you put on products of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?

    Obviously you can’t put “Product of Israel” on them because – as I think we can all agree – the point of manufacture or production isn’t in Israel – (look at the map if you aren’t sure)

    You can’t use “Product of Palestine” because the Settlements do not come under Palestinian jurisdiction.

    That only leaves “Product of Jewish West Bank Settlements in Palestine” as an accurate description of the country of origin. The alternative would be “Product of Israeli Occupied Territory (Palestine)”

    Come up with another equally clear identification of origin or live with it.

  • ezequiel doiny