Originally posted by parabellum:
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.
Again, this is not about products from Israel proper, and the EU guideline is not even a law; it needs to be implemented into national legislation by the individual member states to be applied by them. To my knowledge, none but France have done so, and the suit brought by the Israeli producers challenges that law. Now the French judiciary is basically sidestepping the issue by referring it to the European Court, which will probably duely confirm that it is in step with the EU guideline issued at French behest. It's a great legal circlejerk.
Since the BDS movement which frequently crosses into anti-semitic tactics lobbied for the regulation, suspicion about the motivation is well-founded. Then again, as noted the international legal situation is quite clear and even supported by the official Israeli position on the occupied territories. And yes, even Arab-owned producers there labeling their goods "Made in Israel" would be affected, while anything labeled "Made in Palestine" isn't - even from a Jewish-owned maker based there.
To make it even more complicated, legal action against BDS can also draw ire from Israel. That happened recently when German parliament passed a resolution denouncing the movement as anti-semitic. Which promptly was criticized by Israeli left-wingers for playing to the agenda of Benjamin Netanyahu's government:
Opinion | Bundestag Members, Am I anti-Semitic?
24.05.2019 | 17:49
I want nothing from you, whether bad or good, Germany! That’s what I have to say, as a Jewish Israeli woman, to Germany, whose politicians have determined – under cover of opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – that I and my colleagues in the battle against Israeli policy deserve to be called anti-Semites.
The fact that you murdered my mother’s family and millions of other members of my people doesn’t give you the right to determine who is anti-Semitic, Germany. Yet you asserted this right in the sanctimonious resolution passed by a majority of the Bundestag on May 17, 2019.
It wasn’t the issue of BDS (whose rejection wasn’t even properly explained) that stood at the heart of the resolution, not at all. The vast majority of the long text defines anti-Semitism. In so doing, German legislators produced a tortuous, garbled and confused text whose true core is the equation of anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel’s policy.
Etc.; in the end the hubub cost the director of Berlin's Jewish Museum his job merely because his spokeswoman had linked on the museum's official Twitter account to a news report about 60 Israeli intellectuals penning a joint statement against the resolution, which made it look like an endorsement. It's a damn minefield.
There's no doubt that anti-semitism is on the rise throughout the West. In Europe specifically - but then until last year the US was literally the last country on Earth where I would have expected synagogues to be attacked, yet it happened. In Germany, the Jewish community has been complaining about increasing hostility for the last two decades. That's not just leftwingers, rightwingers or Muslims, though those groups tend to be most conspicious. But it goes across all camps in society.
We know that because it has apparently become okay to sign your anti-semitic hatemail with your full name, academic grade and all. Laws are absolutely the least problem in the issue of increasing anti-semitism here, unless you want to argue there needs to be stricter legislation against hate spech. But then the ban against Holocaust denial and other public incitement in Germany and other European countries is already an impediment of free speech frequently criticized by people both in Europe and the US.