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December 16, 2015 7:59 am

Israeli Wine ‘Bible’ Boycotts West Bank Wineries

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The Israeli Wine Guide Refuses to List Wines Produced in the settlements. Photo: Israeli Wine Guide Website.

The Israeli Wine Guide, which is refusing to list wines from the West Bank. Photo: Israeli Wine Guide Website.

Israel’s virtual “bible” for wine connoisseurs is omitting wines produced in the West Bank, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

The editors of the Israeli Wine Guide — which includes reviews of more than 90 wines produced by 40 different Israeli wineries — have refused to list wineries in the “settlements,” according to the report.

When the owner of Tura Winery in northern Samaria discovered her wine was not listed in this year’s book, she contacted its editors, who explained that the exclusion was political.

Based on their policies, they told her, they would not list her winery, because it was located beyond the Green [1949 armistice] Line.

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The editors said this was not a reflection on the quality of the wines produced in Judea and Samaria, but rather an ideological statement.

Yair Gat, one of the editors of the Guide and wine critic of the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, told Channel 2, “This is a private project. It is not funded by anyone, and it’s our full right to decide who will be listed and who won’t. We chose not to include wines from the [West Bank]. Why? Because we think it’s not right.”

The Israeli Wine Guide, however, does list wines produced in the Golan Heights.

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  • A Sanders

    How petty and stupid. I would urge everyone not to buy the guide but to buy any wine not included in the guide for political reasons.

    • LesL

      I agree. Send these peace morons a message in their wallets. Drive THEM out of business.
      Buy Israeli including from Yesha. Just stop buying from Leftists.

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