Czech MEP Dresses Down EU Foreign Policy Chief Over Israeli Product Labeling (VIDEO)
A Czech European MP harangued EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for deciding to label products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Golan Heights, according to translated video of his address on LiveLeak.
The Czech MEP began his comments by criticizing Mogherini for failing to enforce stricter controls on the flow of refugees and migrants from war-torn Syria, saying, “We are dealing with the greatest security crisis, and you, Mrs. Mogherini, have decided to harm our main ally in the Middle East, Israel, and are forcing it to label products, which are Jewish products of the West Bank.”
“You wouldn’t dare [force] Russia to label products from Crimea,” he said. “Or China to label Tibetan products, or Turkey to label products from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”
“You dare to do this to Israel and I am ashamed of this policy,” said the MEP.
The MEP’s comments echo sentiments in Israel, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently announced the country would suspend contacts with EU institutions working on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in protest over the labeling guidelines.
Israeli officials and Jewish groups have decried the EU regulations, saying they amount to a double standard of the Jewish state, because these guidelines do not extend to other disputed territories. The labeled products include wine, fruits and vegetables, honey, olive oil, eggs and poultry, organic products and cosmetics.
The Czech MEP’s comments also reflect anger in several European nations over EU pressure to absorb the influx of refugees from Syria. See video below: