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EU considers ban on settlement products

January 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

A Greek diplomat has claimed that the EU is considering a comprehensive ban on goods produced on Israeli settlements, Yedioth Ahronoth has reported. The anonymous diplomat told the newspaper that EU committees are deliberating on the issue of settlement products and are expected to present their conclusions to the EU executive for a decision on the matter. He said that his country reminds Benjamin Netanyahu regularly “that settlements are illegal”.

The options open to the EU include making sure that all products originating from any territory beyond Israel’s 1967 borders are marked clearly as such, along with the banning of such imports completely.

Early this week, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Store said that his country regards goods produced in Israeli settlements as illegal under international law. Mr. Store said that his country must consider how to deal with such produce.

Various boycott campaigns have been staged against settlement products across Europe and in Britain in the past few years.