Horse meat ok... Israeli produce not?

EU ministers have backed efforts to label Jewish West Bank produce, while neglecting the realities on the ground

by Sue Denim on 22 April 2013 00:26

As if Europe didn't have its hands full with food labeling and quality, it now has the gall to lecture Israel on produce from disputed territories. This is a development as troubling in its historical connotations as it is grounded in anti-Israel fallacies. Observe...

"EU foreign ministers, among them Britain's William Hague and Laurent Fabius of France, have said they will back EU efforts to label products from Israel's settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Friday." (Read more here)

But the discriminatory policy is one that reminds many of the labeling of Jewish produce, shops and even people in Germany in 1939.

Perhaps the terrifying similarities are lost in the arguments over whether or not Israeli settlements are indeed legitimate. One emotional argument clashing with another. It's enough to make most people tune the whole thing out.

But European foreign ministers appear to only be tuning out one side of the argument. Let's consider some often overlooked realities.

The majority of settlements would of course, under discussed peace plans, fall under Israeli territory after 1967 borders plus land swaps were finalised.

But even more compelling is a clip that the BBC (yep) has recently produced, dispelling the myths around Israeli settlements and indeed raising questions as to what the outcome of labeling settlement goods might be. 

The video below shows that Palestinians can actually benefit from the settlements and work, shop and live side-by-side with their Jewish neighbours.

So before the EU foreign ministers start signing letters and stamping little yellow Stars of David on Jewish produce, perhaps they'll ponder for a moment all the jobs that will be lost, by Palestinians and Israelis alike, if their discriminatory measures have the desired effect. 

Because let's face it - there's no other reason to stamp Jewish products from the West Bank than to imply upon the morality of, or assist in people not buying the goods. 

Now... about that whole 'apartheid' thing...

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