A Hanukkah gift from the British government to the people of Israel. Enable and encourage boycott – then deny boycott. Fairly typical New Labour anti-Israel tactics, which should please (and was possibly initiated by) its leftist Union paymasters:
The government’s recommendation is not a legal requirement but does increase the prospects of a consumer boycott of products from those territories.
Israeli officials and settler leaders have criticised the decision.
Until now, food has been simply labelled “Produce of the West Bank”, but the new, voluntary guidance issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), says labels could give more precise information, like “Israeli settlement produce” or “Palestinian produce”, the Guardian reports.
Nearly 500,000 Jewish settlers live in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which were conquered in the 1967 war. The British government and the EU have repeatedly said Israel’s settlement project is an “obstacle to peace” in the Middle East.
EU law already requires a distinction to be made between goods originating in Israel and those from the occupied territories, though pro-Palestinian campaigners say this is not always observed.
Foods grown in Israeli settlements include herbs sold in supermarkets, such as Waitrose, which chop, package and label them as “West Bank” produce, making no distinction between Israelis and Palestinians.
A total of 27 Israeli firms operating in settlements and exporting to the UK have been identified: their produce includes fruit, vegetables, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, plastic and metal items and textiles.
Other retailers selling their products include Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Somerfield, John Lewis and B&Q.
The pro-’Palestine’ Labour Government has essentially provided British business with a boycott kit to discriminate against Jewish-owned businesses in Israeli settlements.
Included in this kit is a guidance document (which we’ve archived, in case they try to pull it later) legal information and even a Helpline number (+44 845 010 9000 – we’re not sure whether this will work from outside the UK) to help would-be boycotters check on geographic locations and postcodes.
Anti Israel commercial sabotage – from your friendly British socialist party.
[Source: The Telegraph]
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