Steinitz: EU labeling is 'disguised anti-Semitism'

Energy Minister denounces EU's proposal to label products made in Judea and Samaria.

Ben Ariel,

Minister Yuval Steinitz
Minister Yuval Steinitz
Flash 90

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday that the European Union’s (EU) proposal to label products made in communities in Judea and Samaria was "disguised anti-Semitism".

"What you see is really that some people, and here unfortunately some institutions in the European Union, are taking steps against Israel that are unparalleled in similar situations," Steinitz told journalists.

"So we cannot conceive it but as some disguised anti-Semitism," he added.

The EU last week indicated that it intends to start labeling Jewish-made products from Judea and Samaria soon. Senior EU officials stated to Arutz Sheva that there was "no room for negotiation" with Israel on the topic of labeling Jewish goods. 

The European Commission has been working for months on implementing a plan to label so-called “settlement products” which was first mooted in 2012. It is due to issue instructions to food and other industries, including potentially specifying the wording to be used on labels, AFP reported on Tuesday.

Some Israeli officials have said they expect a decision on the labeling could come as soon as Wednesday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week opened Israel's battle against the labeling decision, calling the EU out for "discriminating" against the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, a group of 36 bipartisan American senators on Monday sent a letter to the EU denouncing the decision.

“As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promote a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East,” the senators wrote.

“We believe strongly that these efforts are unwarranted, dangerous, and damaging to the prospects of a negotiated solution to this conflict,” they added.




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