A British law professor gives a shot in the arm to the European anti-Israel boycott movement, which he says has the right to ban trade from “settlements."
Cambridge University’s Prof. James Crawford, a leading international counsel, challenges opinions that countries would be violating trade laws by banning imports of products made in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
“There do not appear to be any EC [European Commission] laws which could be breached by a member state taking the decision to ban the import of settlement produce on public policy grounds,” according to the report, published by the London Independent on Monday.
The newspaper revealed that senior members of European Union countries have seen the report over the past several months.
Prof. Crawford based his conclusions in part on the EU's Association Agreement with Israel, which stipulates that the agreement "shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles." His logic is based on his and others' conclusion that “as a matter of international law, the West Bank and Gaza cannot be considered to be Israel's territory."
A former Israel High Court justice and two other legal experts last week issued a report stating exactly the opposite and that Israelis have a legal right under international law to live in Judea and Samaria. The authors of the report pointed out that Israel never “occupied” the territory because it was never under the legal sovereignty of Jordan, which in effect was an “occupier.”
The European Trade Union Congress has encouraged the British policy to prohibit “Made in Israel” from appearing on labels of goods from Judea and Samaria because they are made in “occupied Palestine territory.” The Trade Union Congress will publish Crawford's report next week, the Independent said.
Denmark, Sweden and South Africa may follow Britain, while Ireland has proposed a total ban on goods from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
Prof, Crawford also said that countries buying Jewish goods from Judea and Samaria could be liable to penalties, but he rejected arguments that EU countries are legally required to enforce the discrimination against Jewish-made goods and products.