EU Considering Boycotting 'Settlement' Products
The European Union is considering imposing a ban on products from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron), a Greek diplomat said Friday.
According to a Channel 10 News report, the diplomat said that the EU is currently considering the possibility of stopping imports of products that were manufactured beyond the Green Line. The diplomat made the comments in a meeting with Israeli and PA Arab journalists in Athens.
The diplomat, according to Channel 10, said that EU countries are currently holding discussions on the issue. He said the measures under consideration include the possibility of marking Judea and Samaria products with a special label to indicate where they were produced.
He added that the decision on the issue is expected next month, after the conclusions of the discussions currently taking place are transferred to the European Commission, which will make the final decision.
The South African government recently announced that it has instructed that products made in Judea and Samaria not be labeled as products of Israel.
South Africa’s Trade Minister will direct importers to label every product that came from one of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria with a special mark that indicates that it was not made in Israel.
A spokesman for the Trade Ministry, who made the announcement about the decision, said that the position of the government of South Africa is that it recognizes the borders of Israel as they were outlined by the United Nations in 1948, and does not recognize any changes made to the borders after that date.
Israel's Foreign Ministry was outraged over the decision and summoned the South African ambassador for a meeting on the issue.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon condemned the decision and said, “Unfortunately it turns out that the changes in South Africa over the years did not bring about any fundamental changes.”
Ayalon added that South Africa “remains an apartheid state,” which is now turning its discrimination against Israel.
South Africa’s move came just a week after the country’s deputy foreign minister “discouraged" citizens from visiting Israel.
“Israel is an occupier country which is oppressing Palestine, so it is not proper for South Africans to associate with Israel,” Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, told the City Press newspaper. “We discourage people from going there except if it has to do with the peace process.”
Ebrahim said that South African should “scale down” economic ties with Israel, but claimed that he was not advocating a full breakdown of relations between the countries.