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‘We call upon the EU to ban the import of settlement goods’

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Published: 19 November 2019

Last updated: 4 March 2024

In letter to the Guardian, prominent Israeli diplomats, scientists and politicians say settlement expansion is destroying the possibility of a two-state solution

Ban import of Israeli settlement goods (Guardian)
We, concerned citizens of Israel, welcome the recent ruling of the European court of justice, which in confirming that Israeli settlement products cannot be labelled as originating in the State of Israel, reaffirmed the illegality of settlements and the importance of international law (Report, 12 November).

We believe that accurate labelling of settlement products is an important step but is insufficient. We call upon the European Union to ban the import of Israeli settlement goods.

Israeli settlements are the leading cause of human rights violations against Palestinians, and settlement expansion is destroying the possibility of a two-state solution. By banning goods that originate in Israeli settlements, Europe would help support the differentiation between Israel per se and settlements in the occupied territories.

We believe that the occupation is morally corrosive, strategically shortsighted, and thoroughly detrimental to peace. The international community has taken insufficient action in addressing this reality.

Europe continues to support the occupation financially by allowing trade with Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law. It should be clear that continuing to sell goods that support the erosion of democracy in Israel and the denying of rights to Palestinians is unacceptable.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein protests EU ruling labelling West Bank products (Jerusalem Post)
"Although the decision is couched as an impartial effort to rule narrowly on a legal case and to ensure that consumers understand the provenance of their food, it in fact applies a double standard."

Photo: Professor David Harel (Weizmann Institute)

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