The British government is warning the business community to steer clear of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

New recommendations noting there are “clear risks” and the United Kingdom does “not offer support to such activity” were published last week on the U.K. Trade and Investment website in the section titled Overseas Business Risk–Israel.

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The recommendations suggest that British and European Union citizens should “be aware of the potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals.”

They say the settlements, according to international law, “are built on occupied land and are not recognized as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment.”

The recommendations reiterate that the British government considers the West Bank — including eastern Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights – as territories occupied by Israel since 1967.

The section also states, however, that “The U.K. Government is deeply committed to promoting our trade and business ties with Israel and strongly opposes boycotts.”

On a positive note, the recommendations state that “Israel enjoys a strong entrepreneurial culture which nurtures and develops new ideas, making Israel a technology powerhouse.” Technology industries also have “an entrepreneurial start-up spirit,” according to the British government.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. the branch of the british government which is the equivilent of the US state dept. which i think is called the home office(?) is and has historically been pro arab.this i no surprise.the uronic part is that britain is falling under a wave of islam.sort of like bob dylans words.”false hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin”.

  2. Alan Kardon You are an enigma wrapped in a puzzle that swallowed a riddle. It's okay, the TV was stolen in 1987, I bought another a few weeks later that is still working fine. The land was inhabited by people and was not under Israel's control. Until Israel lets them live there with some measure of control, I fear real peace is impossible. Is that what you want?

  3. Michael D Blum Peace is a wonderful thing. Many Jews as well as Christians, Arabs and others lived their also. Palestinians claim they own the land and will not recognize that Israel does not have a right to exist whatever the borders. So please if you have no solutions to the problem please stop answering questions with questions.

  4. Alan Kardon I believe the Palestinians, many of whom do recognize Israel's right to exist, by the way, have the right to have secure borders and control of their own state. If you do not agree with that, I believe you are dooming Israel to a condition of permanent warfare. Discuss?

  5. Alan Kardon Yes because acting like four year olds works best when both wait for the other. Do YOU believe in the right of the Palestinians to a secure self-governing state. Will you risk saying so first, or do you want to act like a three year old insisting the other kid say it first?

  6. Alan Kardon So what is your idea of a solution for peace? That nobody makes a move forward toward peace? Is that ever going to work? Somebody needs to say that they will do "this" if the other does "that". Let Israel be the one with the courage to say they will allow a contiguous Palestinian State without an Israeli military presence "if" the Palestinians do x,y, and z, and see what happens next. No?

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