According to Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry, Palestinian affiliated NGOs received $5.9million from the EU in 2016 ‘that have ties to terror and promote boycotts against Israel.’ Pro-Palestinian groups slam Jerusalem’s demand the EU end their financial aid to such groups.
By The Associated Press
Israel called on the European Union on Friday to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU’s stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.
Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry published a report with a list of groups that it says receive EU funding and call for boycotts against Israel. Continue Reading »
Palestinian BDS National Committee member, Riya Hassan welcomed Mogherini’s statement, saying that “We welcome the EU’s belated defense of the right of European and other citizens to stand in solidarity with Palestinian rights, including through BDS tactics.”
The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini has said that decisions by EU member countries to boycott Israel are protected as “freedom of expression” under the the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini – Photo: EPA
Mogherini’s statement came in response to an inquiry from an Irish member of the European Parliament which was submitted last month. Continue Reading »
European Union ministers debate anti-Israel resolution that could lead to additional sanctions against post-1967 communities, after a few EU foreign ministers argue language too critical of the Jewish State.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
EU foreign ministers were trying to resolve last-minute differences Monday before voting on a resolution that distinguishes between Israel-proper and the territories it captured during the 1967 Six Day War.
New EU dictated label – Source – Twitter
According to officials and diplomatic sources, some countries consider the language of the resolution too critical of the Jewish state.
The resolution, being promoted by Sweden and Ireland, would stipulate that all agreements between Israel and the EU would not apply to any areas over the 1949 Armistice Lines. Continue Reading »
European Jewish Congress says the EU’s singling out of Israel for labeling only Jewish goods, is highly provocative since it ignores Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus while it profits from them.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The European Jewish Congress said Wednesday that the newly-approved European Union labeling regime for products made by Israelis over the Green Line “may in fact contravene international treaties and agreements like the World Trade Organization.”
EJC President Moshe Kantor said that the guidelines were unprecedented and yet another example of Israel being singled out for special treatment.
“After studying the issue deeply we have concluded that there are no comparable guidelines for any other territorial dispute or what are perceived as occupations anywhere else in the world,” Kantor said. Continue Reading »
WATCH as members of the EU delegation visiting Samaria, UKIP head Roger Helmer speaks out for needed Jewish housing and MEP Peter Mach of the Czech Republic condemning the ‘foolish’ boycott.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Members of the European Parliament took part in a tour of the Biblical heartland of Samaria on Wednesday, to take a look at the facts on the ground ahead of an imminent discriminatory EU move to label Jewish products from the region and Judea.
One parliament member who took part in the tour was Roger Helmer of the UK, who is Head of Delegation for the UKIP party. Continue Reading »
MK Michael Oren said the EU ignores the fact that Mahmoud Abbas is refusing to negotiate with Israel while the PA is actively inciting their population to kill Jews.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Coming soon to a supermarket near you: a European Union label to warn Israeli consumers not to buy products make in European countries? Kulanu MK Michael Oren went to a supermarket on Emek Refaim Street in the capital’s German Colony neighborhood and placed blue EU stickers on crackers, cookies and beer from Spain, France and Germany to protest the pending publication of guidelines to enable EU member states to place consumer labels on exports from east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM lashes at the European Parliament’s blatantly anti-Semitic decision, explaining again, ‘The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements.’
By Tova Dvorin
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the European Parliament’s decision to label products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria (Shomron) as “settlement products” on Thursday, stating that the move only hinders efforts for Middle East peace.
“This is unjust,” he stated. “It is simply a distortion of justice and of logic and I think that it also hurts peace; it does not advance peace.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – Kobi Gidon/GPO
“The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements,” he warned. Continue Reading »
With the European Union set to label goods produced by Jewish-owned business in Judea & Samaria, employer of 140 Palestinians who work together with Jews say they will be the victims from such anti-Israel boycotts.
The European Union is set to decide whether to label goods produced by Jewish-owned business in Judea and Samaria, in a bid to allow consumers to single out such products for a “limited boycott” of Israel.
European officials hope the move will place pressure on Israel to expel Jews living in those areas, as a prelude to establishing a Palestinian Arab state. Continue Reading »
Policy chief Frederica Mogherini says the EU decision to label (only jewish) Judea & Samaria products for export is imminent, but foreign ministers caution that the demand was not meant as a ‘boycott Israel’ decision.
By Orli Harari
The European Union will soon render its decision on whether to label goods produced by Jews in Judea and Samaria.
Speaking at the conclusion of a summit of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg, EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini said a special committee would soon submit its conclusions on the issue.
Federica Mogherini – Reuters
“The work of the committee dealing with the issue is coming to a close – these are the last steps before we submit the conclusions,” she said. Continue Reading »
European diplomats may be now targeting Israeli banks, having said that labelling is only the first step the EU may take against Israel over its activities in Judea & Samaria and all of Jerusalem.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
he European Union agreed this week to push ahead with labeling Israeli goods made in settlements in Judea and Samaria, a move that has alarmed the Israeli government; but now there are proposals to go much further, including targeting Israeli banks.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: AFP
In a paper to be published on Wednesday, the European Council on Foreign Relations, whose proposals frequently inform EU policymaking, argues that the EU is in breach of its own laws and must move much more firmly to distinguish its dealings with Israel from Israel’s activities in the Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
The new legislation would require EU firms to provide a full account of its relations with the BDS movement against Israel and would include punitive action against companies that malign Israel, its products, or engaged in anti-Israeli activities.
By Erez Linn & Shlomo Cesana
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that could result in punitive measures against European companies that boycott Israel.
A measure to fight the boycotting of Israel is nearing its final passage – Photo: Reuters
The measure, which was already approved by the U.S. Senate last month, is part of the large bill called the Trade Act of 2015 that is set to arrive at the president’s desk in the near future. Continue Reading »
Israeli officials: Demanding Israel to label products made in Judea & Samaria rewards and emboldens the Palestinians, discouraging their leaders from returning to peace talks.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Israel would be required to label products that are made in Judea and Samaria and exported to Europe under guidelines being prepared by the European Union.
A sign promoting the boycott of Israel – Photo: Reuters
The move is the latest sign of international discontent with Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria, as well as frustration over the bleak state of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
It also comes as a grassroots movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel appears to be gaining steam. Continue Reading »
The European Union on Thursday officially banned the import of poultry & eggs from only Jewish businesses in Judea, Samaria & Jerusalem.
By Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP
The European Union on Thursday banned the import of poultry and eggs from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and from most of Jerusalem, the Walla news site reported on Thursday. The 28-nation bloc informed the Israeli Agriculture Ministry that it recognized the Ministry’s authority to supervise agricultural products only within the 1948 armistice lines. As a result, produce from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria did not meet public health regulations for import, the website said. Continue Reading »
Israel gov’t sources reveal that Obama’s representative, John Kerry, is responsible for European Union boycott threats on Israeli products, keeps them frozen during talks, but ready to enforce them if talks fail.
By Ari Yashar
Governmental sources report that US Secretary of State John Kerry is behind the European boycott threats on Israeli products and companies operating in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
The EU published its guidelines last July, boycotting Israeli companies operating over the 1949 Armistice lines.
At the moment, Kerry is making sure the threats stay in check, but as soon as the peace talks fail he intends to open the floodgates and spur on full-blown international boycotts on Israel, reports Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio). Continue Reading »