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The simple explanation for this is that, after years of, well, basically dithering, the EU has finally labelled Israeli products that come from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Finally, because those settlements have been described by the EU (and beyond) as being in breach of international law and an obstacle to peace for decades.
Now, Europe's trade agreements have caught up with the law - a bit, anyway. The EU directive is not a ban or a boycott: The labelling very simply means that consumers will know where the products are coming from, and that goods originating from Jewish settlements won't get the preferential treatment that Israeli products receive under trade arrangements with Europe.
But Israel has not taken kindly to this development. Cue the news items lamenting how the country is uniquely and unfairly targeted by Europe - pointing to northern Cyprus, for instance (even though the EU doesn't recognise Turkish control of it and doesn't have financial agreements with Turkish Cypriot authorities).
originally posted by: AmericanRealist
A much awaited and long overdue overture. Dont expect any support from this side of the Atlantic, this is where they suck us dry of our dear tax dollars to run over our own citizens with bulldozers. Hmph, assholes. Guess were not really running the show much here if we just allow them to turn us into pancakes.
originally posted by: woodwardjnr
The persecution of Tibetan Buddhists by China has probably been on a much greater scale than Israel on Palestine, but I don't see any rush to enforce a boycott on Products made in China, so it is a bit of a double standard. I don't know what products I'd buy from the occupied territories anyway. Hummus?
originally posted by: NateTheAnimator
a reply to: infolurker
I want GMO labels, country of origin labels, etc.
You do realize all food is Genetically modified on some level...?