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Brits warned against doing business in Israeli settlements

The British Foreign Ministry has advised its nationals not to deal with the Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian territory.

The warning came after the French Foreign Ministry warned its citizens against conducting business or investing in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights yesterday.

The British Consulate General in Jerusalem said in a statement that, in December of 2013, the British Foreign Office issued guidelines in order to increase awareness of the legal and economic dangers which companies working in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories may face.

The statement added that these were being updated to include guidelines from the EU regarding material and economic activities in the settlements.

Several European countries have recently issued similar messages warning that the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories are illegal under international law.

The statement pointed out that the British government strongly opposes calls to boycott or delegitimise Israel. It made clear that the information being provided was to cover the potential risks when working in the occupied Palestinian territories only.

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