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French retailers ordered to label products that come from Israeli “settlements”

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Jews living in the Jewish homeland are not settlers; their homes are not “settlements.”

France is going down a road that Europe has gone down before. It didn’t end well then, and it won’t now.

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“French retailers ordered to label ‘settlement’ products,” by Nitsan Keidar, Israel National News, November 25, 2016:

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Israel reacted angrily on Thursday after France issued a directive to all importers and retail chains in the country that they must now label products originating in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The directive is an application of the guidelines issued last year by the European Commission.

According to the new provision, “The Golan Heights, eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria are occupied territories and are not considered part of Israel. Therefore, in order to avoid misleading consumers, please mark products from those places and make it clear where they came from – and refrain from indicating they were made in Israel.”

Local retail chains and importers are required to clearly indicate that these products were produced in “occupied areas” to avoid confusion with Palestinian Authority-based products.

Diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said they were puzzled as to why France chose this present moment in time to publish the directive, since the EU guidelines have existed for over a year but so far have not been implemented.

The Foreign Ministry issued a strong response to the decision, stating, “The Israeli government condemns the French government’s decision to implement the guidelines of the European Commission in relation to marking Israeli products originating beyond the ’67 borders.”

“We regret that France, at a time when there are anti-boycott laws, promotes such measures, which can be interpreted as a boost to radical elements and to the boycott movement against Israel. Moreover, it is puzzling and disturbing that France adopts a double standard in relation to Israel, while ignoring 200 territorial conflicts currently taking place around the world, including those taking place right on its doorstep,” added the Foreign Ministry’s statement….

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