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November 10, 2015 2:52 pm

House and Senate Urge EU Not to Label Judea and Samaria Products, Likens Move to BDS

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U.S. House members and senators are trying to discourage the European Union from implementing a policy of labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

U.S. House members and senators are trying to discourage the European Union from implementing a policy of labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A group of US House members and senators sent official letters to the European Union discouraging the EU from implementing a policy of labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria.

The House letter, led by US Reps. Douglas Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Randy Weber (R-Texas), was signed by 36 lawmakers.

“As members of the United States Congress we are concerned that such measures will undermine decades-long American efforts to achieve a bilateral negotiated peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians,” the letter stated. The EU’s guidelines would “constitute the de-facto boycotting of Israel, its economy and commodities, due to the burden on importers to apply and adhere to them,” added the letter.

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U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) led a group of 36 senators in addressing Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, on the Judea and Samaria products issue.

“As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promotes a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East,” the senators wrote.

The senators expressed concern that “at a time of significant instability in the region…the EU is considering a proposal intended to impose more diplomatic and economic pressure on Israel.”

Both letters likened the EU’s guidelines to supporting the BDS movement.

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  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Israel should bar Europeans from entry to Israel in total for the next 1 year unless they are Jewish and/or are planning to make Aliyah. That includes all diplomats. What’s the worst that happens, they scream and pout angrily about the Jews? They do anyway. Moreover all technology developed in Israel should be branded BY Israel as having been developed in ‘the settlements’ and limit its export or use or licensing in Europe.

  • Les

    Once again, the Americans telling Europe what to do.
    Maybe someone should write them a letter explaining that just because they have managed to hoodwink the fools in the US into voting them into cushy jobs, does not mean they control the world.
    And, since all the Israeli papers qre saying the BDS will not affect them at all, what is all the whinging and whining about?

    • Michael

      One reason may be that boycotting the West Bank is likely to have a more immediate effect on the Palestinian than the Israeli economy. Witness the loss of 100s of Palesrinian jobs when Sodastream closed its factory.

    • John Ritenour

      With regards to your comments…given the rate of turnover in most European Governments, your comment about the US being hoodwinked rings hollow. The US had to rescue Europe from itself three times in the 20th Century (WWI,WWII, & the Cold War). Europe lacks the cohesion of its constituent Nations to ever become a Superpower.

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