Yes this is for real. France has already done it on some agricultural products. The EU is proposing this pro BDS move in the name of “neutrality.” We played this game before and it did not end well. This time the EU is targeting the nation of Israel as opposed to individual Jews. They have not yet put in writing Jews must wear ID patches on their clothing… yet.
Making it the law in the EU
But it is probably in the works. The European Union is seriously considering labeling products from “Israeli settlements.” Below is a link to the proposed legislation. Source: http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf;jsessionid=61D8238A7AE1C580A9B89F5376117694?text=&docid=214961&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=req&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=8888525
Been here, Done this… Didn’t end well
Labeling things as “Jewish” was done before. Crack open a history book and look up Germany in the 1930s under Hitler. Do you know what happened next? Boycotts and then it really went sideways.
The proposal is less overt than painting Jude on store front windows. The message however is the same; it achieves the same goal. The EU is proposing “detailed” labels on food products imported from Israel. Ostensibly, this is to inform customers where precisely in Israel the item is from. So, an item would be labeled from “Israeli settlements” instead of “Made in Israel.” It is a requirement of no other country. It is designed to promote discrimination based on religion.
BDS or Bust… really?
The EU press release insists that Israel only exists in the pre-1967 borders. That is taking and denies the country’s existing borders. It also blatantly calls Israel an “occupying force” and the Advocate General compares Israel to apartheid South Africa. Think about that. The EU which created Israel now wants to redraw the boundaries… again… to be helpful?
EU Justice System
He says that the labels are necessary as “neutral and objective information” because consumers are “reasonably well informed, and reasonably observant and circumspect” and, when purchasing food, will make choices that reflect their “health, economic, environmental, social and ethical considerations.”
In June, Gerard Hogan, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, issued a nonbinding opinion, which many expect the court’s judges will adopt, suggesting that EU member states marginalize foodstuffs from Israel through detailed labeling. So products produced by Jewish citizens of Israel on land Israel won in the Six Day War is supposed to be labeled as hailing from “Israeli settlements” rather than being labeled “made in Israel.”
The advocate general writes that it’s not acceptable to simply mark a product as being from the West Bank or the Golan: “Although these terms do refer to the wider area or territory from which the product originates, the omission of the additional geographical information that the product originates from Israeli settlements is likely to mislead the consumer as to the true origin of the product. In such cases, it is necessary to add, in brackets, the term ‘Israeli settlement’ or equivalent terms.”
The so-called “neutral and objective information” will politicize foodstuffs and lead to boycotts. Anti-Semitism is a real problem in Europe these days. How blatant is this attempt to push a form of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement? Source: https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2019-06/cp190073en.pdf
The Federalist spoke to a man about the possible move by the European Union. Danny Danon, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told The Federalist this “shows the double standard and anti-Israel bias growing across Europe. The EU ignores very real abuses taking place all across the world and instead chooses to focus only on the Jewish state. To call Jews building on our ancestral homeland an ‘ethical consideration’ is ridiculous and anti-Semitic.”
Danon knows, and you should too, the United Nations has been doing the same thing for years. The BDS movement has become very trendy on the left these days. Bigotry seem to be the equivalent of logic on the Left. It is infiltrating colleges, trade unions, far-left political parties. It has even made it into the U.S. Congress.
Marc Greendorfer, president of the Zachor Legal Institute, told The Federalist, “The labeling requirement is a form of boycott against Israel. We believe that compliance with foreign boycott calls against Israel violates state and federal laws,” which could trigger legal repercussions.