European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has called on the new European Union labeling regime for products made by Israelis in Judea and Samaria “very problematic.”
Shortly after the EU publicized its decision Wednesday, Dr. Kantor stated:
The EU has been consistently asked why Israel is made a special case without any other precedent.
The EU has refused to answer even though we see it signing agreements to profit from and contributing to Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara and Turkey’s occupation of Northern Cyprus.
In many other disputes the EU actually supports or profits from an internationally designated occupation.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU in Brussels, released today new guidelines regarding the labeling of products from Israeli companies in the West Bank that are sold in Europe.
Dr. Kantor said that the EU decision “is clearly discriminatory and stands in stark contradistinction to the EU’s own mandate to be fair and free of prejudice.
After studying the issue deeply we have concluded that there are no comparable guidelines for any other territorial dispute or what are perceived as occupations anywhere else in the world….
Furthermore, these guidelines may contravene international treaties and agreements like the World Trade Organization.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu