Jewish Groups Blast EU Ruling On West Bank Products

Former Amona settler Nachum Schwartz, 43, at the site where he expects the Israeli government to build homes for his and other families in Emek Shiloh, West Bank. After Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the Israeli settlements in Amona were built illegally on private Palestinian land, Israeli police evicted and bulldozed move than eight homes. In the meatime, the former residents have been living in a nearby hostel in hopes the Israeli government will make good on plans to rebuild their home in a new settlement nearby in Emek Shiloh. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Linda Davidson

Backlash to EU court ruling requiring labeling of products comes in fast and furiously Jewish and pro-Israel groups blasted the ruling by the European Court of Justice requiring products coming from the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights to be labeled as such and not “made in Israel.”

The court decided, “Israel is present in the territories concerned as an occupying power and not as a sovereign entity.”

The decision stemmed from a case brought by brought by Israeli wine producer and exporter Psagot Winery Ltd., along with the Lawfare Project.

The Lawfare Project said the decision by the European Union high court not only “supports derogatory French-labeling requirements imposed on Israeli products, but it also mandates similar requirements throughout the E.U.”

The American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute said that the ruling would make peace harder to achieve.

“As supporters of a negotiated two-state solution, we believe that discriminatory labeling won’t help to advance peace. The weaponization of E.U. consumer protection law will complicate finding an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, which can only succeed in the diplomatic—not the judicial—arena,” said Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute.

“The blunt instrument of across-the-board labeling doesn’t do justice to the complexity of the conflict as, for instance, the rules also apply to the settlement blocs adjacent to the Green Line, which will remain Israeli in any conceivable future peace deal,” he continued. “What’s more, labeling is even mandated in the Golan Heights, a territory that has no connection to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and luckily is no longer under the control of the murderous [Bashar] Assad regime, and his Iranian and Russian accomplices.”




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