Europe in fight over labeling Israeli settlement products


The European Union is attempting to require specialized labeling of Israeli goods made in disputed territories — products exported from Israeli settlements in locations such as the West Bank. The at-times complicated set of regulations instituted by the EU's governing structures has caused fresh tumult in the region, mostly recently Saturday in Germany, with some commentators complaining of anti-Semitism, as well as grim reminders of the 1930s and 1940s.

In its "Imperative Notice" on the matter, first published Nov. 11, the European Commission stated, "The European Union, in line with international law, does not recognise Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, namely the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank … and does not consider them to be part of Israel's territory, irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law."

Saturday's incident broke out in Bremen. Protesters appeared to be going to stores to ensure that products manufactured in Israeli settlements are in fact labeled as such.

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