Blau Is Blowing the Whistle

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

Haaretz's Uri Blau wants to make sure that the products of the communities of Judea and Samaria are boycotted so he inquired as to whether the new guidelines of the United States are working.

As he wrote:

In response to a question by Haaretz, the CBP [Customs and Border Protection agency] spokeswoman confirmed the guidelines.

"Marking items produced in the West Bank or Gaza Strip as 'Made in Israel,' 'Israel,' 'Occupied Territories-Israel,' or words of similar meaning, and later exporting those items to the U.S., is contrary to the noted Treasury decisions," she said.

Well, why not come out and label the products "Produced in Renewed Jewish communities in the Historic Land of Israel"?

As Blau points out,

Since 1995, tax regulations require that products from the settlements be marked as originating in "West Bank and Gaza," "West Bank/Gaza Strip," "West Bank/Gaza," "West Bank and Gaza Strip," "West Bank," "Gaza," or "Gaza Strip."

And by the way, are products made in Arab villages and farms labeled in a specific way as to identify them as such? Or are only Jews supervised in such a way?

If they are labeled as "Made in Palestine" that would be recognizing a state that does not exist.