The failure of the label bill proposal ended a long anti-Israel campaign by Norway’s pro-Palestinian NGOs to force adherence to decrees passed by the European Court of Justice.
– Oslo legislator stresses that dialogue must supersede boycotts.
By Ariel Kahana
The Norwegian Parliament rejected a motion to label imported Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria, Israel Hayom learned Monday. The bill was presented two weeks ago by left-wing parties, including the Norwegian Labor Party, but was voted down by the coalition parties and other non-affiliated parties in the Oslo legislator.
The European Union’s top court ruled in November 2019 that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels. Continue Reading »
The Netherlands’ House of Representatives deemed the EU’s top court ruling as discriminatory, ignoring their ruling to label only the Jewish products from Judea and Samaria until a similar standard is applied to all disputed territories worldwide.
By Ariel Kahana
The Dutch parliament on Tuesday passed motion bucking against a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice ordering the bloc’s 28 member-states to label Israeli goods made in Judea and Samaria settlements.
The motion, approved by a vote of 82-68, urged the Dutch government to reject the ruling unless similar standards are applied to all disputed territories worldwide, saying that singling out of Israel in this matter was discriminatory. Continue Reading »
As opponents brand the European Court of Justice’s new regulations ‘a new kind of yellow star’, the ruling demands all “foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin,” insisting that the Jewish products can no longer carry the generic “Made in Israel” label.
The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision welcomed by rights groups but likely to spark anger in Israel.
The European Court of Justice said that “foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin.” Continue Reading »
A Dutch Christian company refuses the European Commission requirement to label products imported from Judea & Samaria, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights as ‘Occupied’ or ‘Palestinian’ territory, since they know fine well, it isn’t.
By Israel Today Staff
In a bold act of civil disobedience, a Dutch Christian company refused to label products imported from Judea and Samaria. The Christian Zionists who import Israeli goods snubbed the European ruling and refused to comply with laws requiring they label products originating in Israeli settlements in the biblical heartlands.
“Labeling was created to ensure food safety, but has become a political tool to pressure the Jewish state,” bias, director of the Christians for Israel group said in a statement as reported in JTA. Continue Reading »
Under the new agreement, the EU said it will leave product-labeling decisions up to each individual member country and promised to oppose any boycott or isolation campaigns against Israel.
By Shlomo Cesana, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
The Foreign Ministry reported that relations with the European Union are “close and friendly” again after tensions arose last year over the bloc’s decision to label Israeli exports manufactured beyond the Green Line.
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Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the sides had “overcome the crisis” after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini spoke by phone Friday.
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 »
• Czech lawmaker Laudat, This “may evoke awkward reminiscence of marking Jewish people during World War II.”
• Czech Minister Herman said it was “absolutely necessary to reject the efforts to discriminate against the only democracy in the Middle East.”
• Czech lawmaker Boehnisch said it was absurd that the EU had argued that ‘the labels would benefit their consumers.’
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, HERB KEINON
The Czech Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday urging their government not to implement a European Union decision to label Israeli products exported from the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
Despite Jerusalem freezing diplomatic ties with the EU, its foreign policy chief said after a meeting with the Union’s FMs that the EU is adamant in maintaining product labeling from only the Israeli disputed areas, and claims it isn’t a boycott.
By Ari Yashar
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini led a meeting with EU foreign ministers on Monday, in which the officials reiterated they will not drop their plan to label Jewish products from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini – Photo: Reuters
The EU is “united on these technical guidelines on the indication of origin, which is in no way a boycott,” Mogherini said after the meeting according to Associated Press. Continue Reading »
Father Gabriel Naddaf, a spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem informs European Parliamentarians, ‘In the Middle East there is only one country, just one where Christians can live in security – and that’s Israel’
By David Lazarus
The speaker was Gabriel Naddaf, a spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and spiritual leader of the Nazareth-based movement encouraging young Arabic-speaking Christians to join the Israel Defense Forces.
PM Netanyahu meets Gabriel Nadaf, Aug. 2013 – Reuters
Naddaf was standing before the European Parliament for an emergency session on the recent limitations being imposed on Israeli produce in European markets. Continue Reading »
Greek government follows Hungary telling Jerusalem it will defy controversial European Union policy to label only the Jewish-made ‘settlement goods’ of the 200 disputed territorial conflicts around the world.
By Hillel Fendel
Greece has informed Israel that it will not label Israeli-made products from Judea and Samaria, following Hungary in breaking with the European Union on the issue.
PM Netanyahu met at the Knesset with Hungarian Foreign Affairs & Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto thanking him for supporting Israel against the EU’s decision to label products from Judea, Samaria & the Golan Heights. – Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Israel late last month, and a few days later, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of the Greek decision by letter. Continue Reading »
Bundestag President says Germany rejects settlement labeling, and understand Israel’s anger, “Because it’s specifically against Israel, I repeat that it is unnecessary and not very smart,” Lammert said.
By LAHAV HARKOV
BERLIN – Germany opposes the “unwise” European Commission decision to label products from the West Bank, Golan and Jerusalem, Bundestag President Prof. Norbert Lammert said Wednesday.
EU Commission approves Israeli ‘settlement’ product guidelines (Illustrative) – photo: REUTERS, JPOST STAFF
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein also addressed the labeling issue in his speech to the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Edelstein quoted Heinrich Heine, who said that “in a place where books are burned, people will be burned.” Continue Reading »
Israel’s Foreign Ministry says PM Netanyahu did not cancel meeting, since it was never scheduled due to timing issues.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has canceled a planned visit to Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to meet him over Belgium’s support of labeling settlements goods, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported Tuesday evening.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders arrives at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on November 16, 2015 – Photo: JOHN THYS/AFP
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in response to the report that Netanyahu did not cancel the meeting with Reynders, because the meeting was never set due to schedule issues. Continue Reading »
After Israel’s PM ordered the Foreign Ministry to suspend diplomatic contact with EU over its biased labeling policy, NGO calls to go a step further & stop rampant EU breach of local and int’l laws.
By Ari Yashar
Following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s orders on Sunday night to suspend diplomatic contact with the European Union (EU), an NGO has called to destroy the illegal Arab settlements funded by the EU.
Illegal Arab structures funded by the EU – Regavim
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Netanyahu’s orders were a response to the EU decision to label Jewish products from over the 1949 Armistice lines – Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Until Israel’s Foreign Ministry reaches decision after EU’s pro-Palestinian decision, all diplomatic ties with EU institutions concerning the Israel-Arab conflict will be suspended.
•Israel will continue cooperation with individual countries such as Germany, Hungary, Britain & France.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday instructed the Foreign Ministry to reassess the European Union’s involvement in the peace process with Palestinians, the Israeli news site Ynet News reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speak to the media on May 20, 2015 – Photo: AFP/POOL/DAN BALILTY
The prime minister, “ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union and its representatives on this issue,” the foreign ministry said in a Hebrew-language statement. Continue Reading »
German department-store apologizes after Israeli PM’s condemnation of German store for turning EU’s decision to label Jewish ‘settlement’ products into outright boycott.
By HERB KEINON
The German Department store KaDeWe, which on Saturday removed from its store wine produced in the Golan Heights, apologized for the move on Sunday and returned the bottles to the shelves.
Following a great deal of criticism on social media and a protest from the Green Party’s Volker Beck, president of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Bundestag, a spokesman for the department store sent him a letter of apology.
“The eight Israeli wines will be immediately returned,” the letter read. Continue Reading »