Swiss chain won’t label settlement goods as Israeli


Switzerland’s largest retailer says the decision is in the interests of transparency

Switzerland’s largest retail chain announced Tuesday it would join a growing list of countries and sellers refusing to mark goods produced in the West Bank as “Made in Israel.”


A Migros location in Zurich. (photo credit: CC-BY lejoe, Flickr)

A Migros location in Zurich. – Photo: CC-BY lejoe, Flickr

The moves comes just weeks after South Africa and Denmark said they would stop labeling products made in the settlements as Israeli.

Migros said the decision is in the interests of greater transparency, and is designed to help the customers to make an informed choice. Spokeswoman Monika Weibel said Tuesday that Migros doesn’t support boycott calls by pro-Palestinian groups but does want to let customers decide which products they want to buy.

The Swiss government and the United Nations consider the settlements to be illegal under international law. The Swiss government has released a statement saying “The colonization of the occupied Palestinian territory, both in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, is illegal and constitutes a violation of international law.”


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  1. Michel Bodenheimer says:

    The new Migros action is clearly discriminatory.
    Their inclusion of “Gaza, Israeli settlement area” clearly demonstrates that you have been misled by political manipulation.
    Since September 2005 there are no Israeli settlements in the Gaza strip.
    All 21 civilian settlements and military installations and all Israeli soldiers in Gaza have been removed in the “disengagement” of 2005.
    But that has probably has escaped Migros.
    Since Migros wants to ensure transparency to it’s customers, certainly they will also declare additional items, such as goods from Syria, Turkey (with the oppressed Kurds), from occupied northern Cyprus, occupied Tibet, occupied Kashmir, China (where workers toil for low wages) and other problem areas.

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