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(JNi.media) The European Parliament on Thursday supported labeling products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights settlements. The vote was 525 in favor, 70 against, and 31 abstained.

In its resolution, the European Parliament “Welcomes the EU’s commitment – in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory – to ensuring that all agreements between the EU and Israel must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, takes note of the letter sent to the VP/HR by 16 EU Foreign Ministers on 13 April 2015, encouraging her to take the lead within the Commission with a view to completing the work on EU-wide guidelines on the labeling of Israeli settlement produce.”

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanue

l Nahshon told Ha’aretz that the EU motion was “discriminatory with a sharp smell of boycott,” and “under the guise of a technical step, this is an attempt to force a diplomatic solution instead of encouraging the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. Europe is acting with hypocritical sanctimoniousness toward Israel when it does not consider proposing similar solutions to northern Cyprus or Western Sahara.”

In a Monday meeting between teams led by Israeli Foreign Ministry deputy director-general for political affairs Alon Ushpiz and deputy director-general of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid, the Israelis argued that the labeling would be a “slippery slope” on the way to discriminating against all Israeli products, and to an eventual boycott. This did not go over well.

“When we told then this was a boycott they blew up and really lost their minds,” a senior Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem told Haaretz. “We told them that labeling products from the settlements is like a door, that once opened, cannot be closed. We made clear to them that we did not see this as a technical step, but as a political step against Israel in every sense.”

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58 COMMENTS

  1. Abdallah@ Even Kerry, a man with high standards didn’t succeed Netanyahu to stop the enlargment of the illegal settlements to create a climate for serious talks with the PA. Israel isolates herself by not listening to their civilized allies. The stupid way in which Europe is compared with nazism is a good example of the lack of introspection of the extreme nationalists in Israel. I feel pity for those Israelis that have a sense of Justice, and for the Palestinians wanting a peaceful and honorable solution for this tragical conflict.

  2. The damn Europeans have given up trying to be normal to Jews. SO they show their humane side by absorbing Islamic Jihadists. Only G-d can make people so stupid. A just and painful punishment for Europes obessive and continual crimes against the Jewish people.

  3. Since Arafat and Rabin the two state solution lies on the table. Under Barak and Olmert there was nearly an agreement. It is still possible to work on it. The occupation and the behavior of the settlers fuels hate and disbelieve in diplomatic steps. Don’t blame only the ennemy. The idea that the average Palestinian is not interested in a territorial compromise is a false prejudice.

  4. There goes the jobs for the Palestineans. Did anyone ask them how they felt about having to label the products they make? Did anyone ask them if they will mind losing their jobs if this causes less products to be made where they live. Israel can just make those products in other areas and the people living in Judea and Samaria can just survive on whatever welfare the Palestinians Authority decides not to steal for themselves

  5. Hitler and the Nazis may have died but anti semitism is as strong as ever through the EU. Having gold stars put on the food or labeling them as Jewish is just as bad as putting a star on a childs chest. More and more I want to stay away from Europe and I hope my fellow travelers take their hard earned monies and spend it in their own countries or in places where everyone is accepted as equal. If you see the count of the vote , you can see how wide spread the hate of the Jewish people is. I do not blame Israel for standing up for themselves. They did not cause these problems. During WW II the palestinians and the arab nations fought on the side of the Nazi's. They are still trying to this day to exterminate Judaism from the face of the earth. Thjis will never happen as the from the beginning of time it has been tried, and it has failed and it will keep failing because of the strength and pride of the Jewish people and not wanting to be pushed around any more.

  6. Hitler and the Nazis may have died but anti semitism is as strong as ever through the EU. Having gold stars put on the food or labeling them as Jewish is just as bad as putting a star on a childs chest. More and more I want to stay away from Europe and I hope my fellow travelers take their hard earned monies and spend it in their own countries or in places where everyone is accepted as equal. If you see the count of the vote , you can see how wide spread the hate of the Jewish people is. I do not blame Israel for standing up for themselves. They did not cause these problems. During WW II the palestinians and the arab nations fought on the side of the Nazi's. They are still trying to this day to exterminate Judaism from the face of the earth. Thjis will never happen as the from the beginning of time it has been tried, and it has failed and it will keep failing because of the strength and pride of the Jewish people not wanting to be pushed around any more.

  7. The labelling of Israeli goods from the disputed territories is giving supporting message to the growing anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish sentiments in Europe, while EU instead should promote cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. When the whole MENA region risks falling into an abyss of war and genocide EU choose to attack the only stable democracy in the region, namely Israel. And this attack even does not help Palestinians as its effect might be totally opposite. (P.S: more in "Top Priority of EU Foreign Policy: A New ‘Jude’ Badge" – https://arirusila.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/top-priority-of-eu-foreign-policy-a-new-jude-badge/

  8. I hope the manufacturers and the Israeli government see this.

    First, the Knesset should pass a law, which Netanyahu would sign, requiring that for all products made in Judea, Sameria, etc, there must be a final production step that completes the manufacturing performed in a location undisputably in israel.

    Second, the Knesset should simultaneously pass a law that all products manufactured in Israel, including products for which the final step occurs in undisputed Israel, must show the place of origin to be Israel and no other location.

    Third, the products sent to EU countries must, in addition to the above, be sent from a location undisputably in Israel.

    The pre-shipment cost might be increased, but if this works the increase may be worth it.

    Julian Tepper
    Retired Attorney
    Brooklyn, NY

  9. First, the settlements are not illegal. Second, the palestinians want to eliminate Israel, not coexist peacefully. They want a “one-state” solution; they’ve been offered a two-state solution several times and have rejected it out-of-hand. Third, if I recall correctly, nazism originated in Europe, and its antisemitic precepts are still espoused by the Europeans. Finally, the palestinians control their own destiny; they must begin to take responsibility for their plight and take action to become a productive people versus being a hate-filled, unproductive parasite on the rest of the world.

  10. I agree! Do products now become religious based ? Obviously not all the Nazis left Europe they are still there. But got the power now! I find this whole thing laughable. And the EU always talk about people’s rights. What a joke. Well considering most are to bloody lazy to work they should concentrate on there economy and get the world out the crap they got us in

  11. Jim@ Your oneliners are simply not correct. Even Israels best ally the US see the settlements as illegal. Secondly the PA recognizes Israel. Their rejection of the proposals of Barak or Olmert was based on their expectation that they were just a little bit to meager to become acceptable in the Palestinian society. Third: the fast majority of the European population rejects antisemitism. The critical position of the EU is based on the conviction that Netanyahoe does not enough to try to reach an agreement. This is the same position as the viewpoint of the US government. Don’t blame the whole world except the Israelian government. Don’t isolate yourself. Listen to Livni or Herzog. They understand better what is needed to end this tragical conflict.

  12. Clearly, Obama does not represent the overwhelming opinion of most Americans, particularly regarding Israel. Where do you get that the PA recognizes Israel’s right to exist? The 2 state proposals gave the palestinians about 90% of their excessive demands. Like “moderate” muslims, the vast majority of Europeans remain silent concerning rapidly growing antisemitism…they are well-practiced at this. Netanyahu represents Israel’s fundamental right to exist in peace and security; what would you suggest regarding a sworn enemy focussed on eliminating you and who fires thousands of rockets into your civilian population? I think Israel is rather restrained in their measured responses; if it were me, Gaza and the West Bank would be parking lots.

    I prefer to be independent from those who think like you. The palestinians need to take responsibility for their own path and take corrective actions demonstrating a productive , positive intent.

  13. European countries as well as others put your own country to right. Look to the needs of your own people that elected you into power. Stop pointing to each others mistakes and faults, work together for peace, joy and happiness. This world will be a happy land to live. Work towards it, I know we all can live in peace with one another in regards on race religion or creed. Try.

  14. This is what the EU is worried about, while radical Muslims are beheading, torturing, and persecuting untold numbers in the Mideast and around the world.
    One thing the Euros are good at, and that's remembering how to be antisemitic.
    They should be ashamed of themselves.

  15. Matt Indigo I am sorry to confuse a Nazi with facts, but Abbas praises and rewards terrorists that have murdered Israelis, erects monuments to them, has a large map in Ramallah depicting "Palestine" from the Med. to the Jordan,has PA TV of kids calling Jews pigs and apes and calling for all Muslims to kill Jews.This is Israel's peace partner!

  16. Matt Indigo – Actually, it is NOT at all a common trend in Europe. People buy what's cheap and has good quaility. Only jihadists and the most rabid antsemitic trolls – much like yourself, boycott products made my Jews. btw, this has NOTHING to do with the current Israeli PM. The racist antisemitic BDS movement was supported by Arab dictatorships and the antisemitic Communist bloc since the Cold War, which used masked terms like "zionist" to refer to all Jews. If you are (clearly) uneducated about history, politics, Israel, and the geo-politics of the Mideast, then you should find yourself another hobby!

  17. Matt Indigo, do the same thing when only a medication made in Israel could save your life, too.

    On the other hand I know that there are paid agents and useful idiots in Europe, the latter ones who have no idea what they talk abut will happily boycott Istael.

    However, not all Europeans are brainwashed, some even know history, and many can't stand Muslims.

    Even if I wasn't a Jew, once I saw products labeled, saying they were made in Israel, I would only buy those, even if they are more expensive.

  18. Matt Indigo Terror State? Oh yeah, you must mean IRAN, SAUDI, SYRIA, LEBANON…should I go on to prove that you engage in antisemitism by singling out Israel, by using double standards? Get lost! Your comments are not welcome on a Jewish website. Your satnav sent you in the wrong direction.

  19. Matt Indigo And Israel will happily boycott you too, Mr Antisemite. For starters don't be a hypocrite. Don't just stop buying 'produce' from Israel but disengage from the Jewish stuff that your daily lifestyle depends upon: Facebook; your cell phone; ensure that you never receive cancer immunotherapy drugs; refuse all diagnostic procedures for cancer, diabetes and heart disease; switch off your premature baby's alarm system in its crib; turn off your heart pace-maker; never use your credit card when in a store or restaurant; switch off majority of your cell phone apps. Go on, do this now. Don't just spew Jew-hatred about how you are boycotting avocados and Jaffa oranges and Sodastream. You will need to do a lot more divesting from Israel to prove you really are a good antisemite, won't you?

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