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Activists Seek Ban on Trade With Israeli Settlers

The Israeli settlements may be small in number, but they’re a major obstacle in securing an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement. The EU regards them as illegal under international law, but does little to enforce rules that ban goods from the settlements or ending trade that allows the settlements flout international law. “The EU also continues to tolerate products from the settlements being sold in stores under the label ‘Made in Israel,’” reports Christoph Sydow for Spiegel Online, noting that the UK and Denmark have passed regulations requiring accurate labels. “Products coming from the Israeli settlements are competitive on the global market partially because of the massive state assistance farmers and producers in the occupied territories receive.” Palestinian goods are subject to many checks and regulations that make Palestine an unreliable supplier, Sydow notes. Meanwhile, the EU also provides massive support to Palestinians, and he concludes that “the EU is essentially making a mockery of its own foreign and development policy.” – YaleGlobal

Activists Seek Ban on Trade With Israeli Settlers

For the EU, the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories are illegal; a group of NGOs has banded together to call for an end to settlement trade
Christoph Sydow
Spiegel Online, 31 October 2012
Click here for the article in Spiegel Online.
Click here for the report “How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli Settlements” from the International Federation for Human Rights.

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