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Germany in Lockstep with EU on Labeling ‘Settlement’ Imports

The deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister of the Republic of Ireland Eamon Gilmore declared in early May that goods from “Israeli settlements in the West Bank” should be treated as illegal. The Labor Party politician declared that Ireland would strongly support a European Union initiative to label exports from Israeli producers in the Palestinian state to give consumers the choice of whether they want to buy them. He said this was “in effect” like boycotting the goods.

Now, according to Israel’s Army Radio, Germany, too, has thrown its support in favor of the labeling plan. An official German government document states that “products should be labeled ‘Made in Israel’ only if they are manufactured within the 1967 borders.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who’s the de facto foreign minister until MK Avigdor Liberman is done with his court case, told the Army radio: “We will fight. We will deal with this phenomenon,” reminding listeners that “at one time, the UN decided that Zionism is racism — but we didn’t say that that was a lost cause.”

This might mean that Elkin already knows it’s a done deal, and that everything coming out of Judea and Samaria will be receiving the seal of condemnation.

Goods produced in Judea and Samaria are not eligible for the same preferential tariffs enjoyed by Israeli exports to the EU. According to 2012 World Bank figures, the EU imports $300 million worth of goods a year from Israeli settlements, roughly 15 times more than from the Palestinians. But that’s where things become interesting:

It turns out the goods coming out of Jewish settlements, provide wages to local Arabs, who earn more working for the “damnable” Jews than they could average working for an Arab business.

The Israel-based corporation SodaStream, which produces a home beverage carbonation system, has 13 production facilities worldwide, three of which are located in Israel and the dreaded “West Bank,” employing 1,100 people as of 2012.

SodaStream’s principal manufacturing facility is located in Mishor Adumim – the industrial area of the Judea town of Maale Adumim. This factory employs some 900 Arabs, half of whom live in the Palestinian Authority, from Jericho to Ramallah, the other half are residents of annexed East Jerusalem.

So that, when the EU, in its attempt to help the Arabs living in the PA, is making it tougher for SodaStream products to sell in Europe – who suffers? That’s right, the Arabs living in the PA.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Germany in Lockstep with EU on Labeling ‘Settlement’ Imports”

  1. The Arabs consider all of Israel to be a settlement – lets label everything as "Settlement of Judea" and yes the yellow six-pointed star with "Jude" in the center would be appropriate.

    We should demand that Germany label their products as "Made in Nazi Germany".

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good for Germany! Ultimately, the only language Israel understands will be the language of the pocketbook. When Israelis living inside Israel realize that they are subsidizing exports from the occupied territories, they may think twice about further supporting these "settlements."

  3. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    the Nazis are still labeling things..eh?

  4. David Rubenhold Sr. says:

    Harrylax, u just gave away your Jew hating , knee jerk pro Muslim sentiments by using the pocketbook stereotype quote. Now to be consistent u should shun all technological advances made by Jews (same thing as Zionism to u ) Good for Germany ??? maybe you should retroactively use that for the holocaust while u are at it.

  5. David Rubenhold Sr. says:

    oh and quit trolling a Jewish site with your hate

  6. Dan Hischar says:

    I will buy everything I can that is Made In Israel! The medicine that keeps us well, the technology that helps keep us advanced, clothes , food whatever.G-d Bless Israel! And shame on the EU!

  7. Maybe we should boycott things stamped Made in Germany. Oh wait, no Mercedes? Never mind. When will our people ever learn?

  8. Ron Kall says:

    Hey Harry, what did you write when Jordan, which is two thirds of Palestine, occupied Judea and Samaria for 19 years!? Let me guess, nothing!!

  9. Maleek Ahmet says:

    SHAME ON YOU

  10. Maleek Ahmet says:

    THE ZIONIST CABAL RUNS AMERICAS FOREIGN POLICY UNLIKE EUROPE.

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