“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
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Europe Poised to Put Warning Labels on Jewish-Made Products
Legal decision reminiscent of Holocaust-era boycotts of Jews
The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a "Pandora's box" of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies."
The decision was seen as a major win for supporters of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which seeks to wage economic warfare on Israel and its citizens. Pro-Israel activists, as well as the Jewish businesses involved in the legal dispute, see the decision as an ominous warning sign that they say is reminiscent of Holocaust-era boycotts of Jewish businesses.
With the EU court's 15 judge panel now poised to issue its own binding judgment in the case, legal experts are warning that a potential decision mandating such labeling could pave the way for goods from any disputed territory to receive such treatment. The decision also could trigger U.S. anti-boycott laws meant to stop Israeli-made goods from being singled out for unfair treatment on the international market.
Brooke Goldstein, a human rights lawyer and executive director of the Lawfare Project, which is involved in the legal dispute, described the EU court's initial decision as "frankly outrageous."
"The Advocate General's opinion said that goods produced by Muslims are to be labeled from ‘Palestine,' and goods produced by Jews labeled as coming from ‘Israeli colonies,' Goldstein said. "Both people are living in the same geographic location, and yet Jewish goods are being treated differently."
"Could the discrimination be any clearer?" she asked. "If the EU Court justifies this bigotry it will degrade the rule of law in Europe and it will undoubtedly have many unintended consequences for EU traders. My understanding is that certain consumer protection agencies have already filed complaints to demand the similar labeling of goods from other disputed territories. This labeling fiasco will turn into a nightmare for EU importers of goods from any and all countries involved in territorial disputes. I trust the court will maintain that goods must be labeled indicating the geographical location of origin, and reject the push to politicize labeling."
The legal dispute first began after France passed a law mandating that products made in the West Bank territory of Israel be labeled as coming from an "Israeli colony," a label not applied to any other products across the globe.
The term "Israeli colony" is not legally required to be applied under EU law and was seen as overly burdensome by Israeli business leaders.
Following the French decision, the Israeli Psagot winery filed a lawsuit alleging unlawful discrimination against Jewish companies. That lawsuit eventually made its way to Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice.
That court now appears poised to affirm the advocate general's opinion mandating that Israeli goods be labeled in a fashion that opponents say is unfair and anti-Semitic in nature.
"I am not a psychologist, so I can't tell you what the motives are behind Europe's targeting of Jewish-owned businesses. Perhaps it is anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head again, perhaps it is blind ignorance, or even a desire to do the right thing," Yaakov Berg, CEO of the Psagot winery, told the Free Beacon. "Regardless, the application of the current EU trade directive to label goods from Jewish producers, and only Jewish producers in the West Bank is discriminatory and illegal."
Berg maintains that Jewish businesses should not be penalized for policies enacted by the Israeli government that European leaders object to.
"We are not the Israeli government," he said. "Psagot winery is not responsible for Israeli government policy. But because we are Jewish owners of a winery in a beautiful and hotly contested land, we are being targeted and punished. And we are being punished precisely because we are Jews living in Judea where we have every right to be, as do the Palestinian Arabs and Druze and the Christians."
"No one should be discriminated against because of their religion," Berg said. "If you support a Palestinian state, would you support a Judenrein state of Palestine? That seems to be what the EU is proposing when it says Jewish businesses are illegal in Palestine but Muslim businesses are not, in the same location! Such a de facto boycott of Jewish products, the likes of which we have not seen since Nazi Germany, would definitely run afoul of U.S. law."
Yohan Benizri, a lawyer representing Psagot, warned that a decision affirming the labels for Jewish-made goods could open the door to other types of overly onerous labeling.
"One doesn't need legal training to recognize the unintended consequences of the EU adopting a policy of politicized labeling," Benizri said. "If the EU Court rules that geographic location is not enough, and that EU law mandates every product coming from either a ‘disputed territory' or a country with ‘objectionable social policies' be labeled as such, then EU markets will be thrown into chaos."
"Can you imagine a situation where plastic cups imported from China must be labeled ‘this country has a one-child policy,' or gas from Russia must be labeled, ‘This is gas from a country that illegally occupies Crimea,' or products from the United States require the labeling ‘the U.S. engages in capital punishment and is building an illegal border wall?' Product labels will have become political billboards depending on the whims of EU politicians, and every EU importer will shoulder a liability for not complying with arbitrary labeling laws."
A State Department spokesman told the Free Beacon that the Trump administration has been clear in its objection to the BDS movement and efforts to single out the Jewish state.
"The State Department is aware of this particular issue," the official said. "The administration's position strongly opposing all efforts to boycott, delegitimize, or isolate Israel is well-known."
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wow, this is like the 1930's again.
IIRC correctly, identification of Jewish businesses is how it all started back then.
And they call us Nazis.
If they are all aflutter about the people in those areas, you'd think they'd want them to be able earn a living.
If this moves ahead and the labels go on, they're expecting demand in the EU for the labeled products to go down.... and there would then be higher unemployment in those specific areas, no?
Hey, never let logic interfere with PC positioning. Dolts.
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Or why they are surrendering their culture to the Muslims.
After all, it was the French who stopped the Islamic empire from overrunning western Europe 1,300 years ago.
In 732 CE, at the height of the Dark Ages after the fall of Rome, Islam seemed unstoppable. Boiling out of the Arabian desert just a century before, the Muslim armies conquered North Africa, Spain, the Caucasus and the Middle East with astonishing speed in what must have seemed like a medieval blitzkrieg. The tough, bold and highly motivated desert warriors plundered the decaying corpses of the ancient empires: the Roman, the Byzantine and the Sassanid (Persian). And as the victorious armies of the Umayyad Caliphate surged out of the Iberian peninsula into southern and then central France, they must have savored the prospect of adding the Christian lands of western Europe to their domains. If they accomplished that, the Islamic empire might have become the superpower of its day, the medieval equivalent in military and economic power of the modern United States.
How France Defeated the Islamic Empire—1,300 Years Ago
"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible."
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No other way to put it.
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When do they start reprinting these?
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When I read stuff like this I have no hope for the future of mankind.
Unfortunately, things like this is all I seem to read in the news anymore.
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Since they want to mark Jewish products will they mark Jews as well by making them wear a Star of David?
Does anyone wonder why I search the skies for the comet? There's no fixing this fucked-up world.
Never in my life did it occur to me for even a second that I would witness something like this happening in Europe.
How about an arm band or a tattoo? We can get them where we want them if we do it gradually.
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Classic, blatant anti-semitism. They're getting much more bold now with this disgusting behavior in Europe. It's quite disturbing.
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And despite the crystal clear anti-Semitism, many Jews (jinos) in this country will support this. Disgusting.
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Well, the article is cute in its suggestiveness, but this is neither about "Jewish products" nor about the EU implementing new regulation. This is the European Court preparing to give an opinion on a case referred to it by France, brought by producers from the Israeli-occupied areas against French national legislation, which bases itself on a controversial EU guideline already introduced four years ago. Which doesn't say anything about "Jewish" products; goods from Israel proper are not affected. The issue is about products labeled "Made in Israel", but actually originating in the occupied areas.
From a point of international law, the issue is pretty clear. Even Israel itself doesn't claim most of those areas are its territory, except East Jerusalem which it has officially annexed. The Israeli supreme court has ruled in several cases that the rest are occupied areas under military authority. The problem is that Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids an occupying power to settle its own citizens in such areas, which makes the Israeli settlements on the West Bank so controversial.
Now the reasoning behind the 2015 EU guideline was that consumers should be able to make an informed choice on products they want or don't want to buy for political reasons (see boycott of products from Apartheid-era South Africa, from France after Chirac's nuclear tests or during the whole Iraq controversy, etc.), and thus should not be deceived by false labels of origin. OTOH critics have pointed out that the EU doesn't apply the same care to other occupied areas like Tibet, Northern Cyprus and West Sahara, and a boycott in fact hurts Palestinian workers who are employed by Israeli producers in the occupied territories.
There's good reason to say that the guideline is virtue-signalling bullshit, not least since people critical enough of Israeli settlement policy for it to impact their consumers choices are likely to fall into the BDS range and not buy any products "Made in Israel" period. IIRC it was France which pushed for it, since they needed it for national legislation due to the EU's sole authority for European trade policy. I wouldn't know any other member state has introduced such rules, which would certainly have resulted in similar suits by producers. But this is the first I've heard of it in four years.
Right on time to tell us that we're clueless. At least you kept it under 1500 words
Uh huh. You and the EU can try to spin this any way you want, but it changes nothing. We know what we see, and for someone who apparently considers themselves so very politically savvy, well, if you don't see the handwriting on the wall, then you're just as blind and misguided as the EU Council which you seem to hold in high regard.
EU Council: "Let's use these 'guidelines' to tell Israel and all Jews to fuck off. He he he. They can't say anything about it, because hey, we created a law. HA HA!!"
Yeah, in the last century, Germany had lots and lots of laws about Jews. Better wake up, bubba. Europe is descending into an abyss. Cloaking antisemitism as a law fools no one.
Yes, let's be able to make an INFORMED decision, except give ALL info, not just some that tilts opinions.
Wow, hypocritical enough EU?
Just my 2¢
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Marching toward a virtual "Kristallnacht" in the EU.
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