Netherlands takes bold move: settlement products must be labeled

Israel/Palestine
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Important news from Europe. Another country is taking a stand against the occupation. Haaretz:

The Dutch government has for the first time called for retail chains in the Netherlands to state the origin of products from West Bank settlements, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. This makes the Netherlands, one of Israel’s greatest friends in Europe, the second country in the European Union, after Britain, to recommend such labeling.

United Civilians for Peace statement says, Labeling products from Jewish settlements is a first step:

United Civilians for Peace welcomes the decision by the Dutch government to make labeling of products that originate in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights mandatory. …

The Dutch government now requires retailers to cooperate in the labeling of fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, fish, meat, chicken, eggs and cosmetics from Jewish settlements in the occupied territories. …

Labeling of these products leads to clarity about the extent of illegal settlements earning profits from importing their products into Dutch shops. In 2009, a similar decision was made in the United Kingdom. The result was that many British supermarkets’ imports of products from Jewish settlements ended.

… A decision for labeling throughout the EU is soon expected.

More pressure. From Israel National News:

The Dutch decision comes one week after the EU formally recommended that its 27 member states “prevent” Israeli activity in Judea and Samaria through an economic boycott of Jewish communities in those regions.

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  1. Justpassingby
    March 9, 2013, 3:48 pm

    Too little too late. What will a mere labeling do?
    Whole world knows the settlement activity is unlawful and have known that for over 40 years. The occupation nor settlements wont vanish just because we label different merchandise.

    Its like the police, instead of arresting a murderer put a patch on him/her instead, with the text – “this man is a murderer”.

    • pabelmont
      March 10, 2013, 8:58 am

      Exactly, label doesn’t do much. It is a baby step toward bigger steps. Maybe (next year in a non-lawless Jerusalem) the fearful and Holocuast-dragging Europeans will wake up to their power, their responsibility for the Palestinian plight, and the requirements of their undertakings in various treaties and DO something. But baby-steps come first. Eurpoe is feeling its way. Which you cannot say of the USA.

  2. MHughes976
    March 9, 2013, 4:06 pm

    Perhaps better than a label saying ‘Only democrat in town’. It’s nice to see more new names appearing on Mondoweiss. The word is spreading.

  3. agatharchides
    March 9, 2013, 4:10 pm

    It’s symbolic. But symbols are real things and they have power. If nothing else it makes it easier to boycott settlement products.

    • leenb
      March 10, 2013, 3:42 am

      Very true. In the UK, I was aware of the fact that much of the settlement products are labelled as ‘Made in Israel’ and sold in supermarkets. I never bought them and I encouraged others to do so. Some people don’t have a line against Israeli products but most if not all do not want anything to do with settlement products, but at the same time were apathetic towards buying Israeli products.
      So if the UK is going to label the products as ‘Israeli settlements’, I know that the people who will not buy it has exponentially increased.

      Not everyone is for boycotting Israeli products, but you can bet there are more people who will boycott settlement products.

  4. HarryLaw
    March 9, 2013, 4:31 pm

    There are many Regulations in Europe on country of origin labeling, and many Israeli companies operating in the West Bank/ Gaza, now Palestine are in breach of them,just to give two examples ..Ahava would appear to be in breach of the Cosmetic products [safety] Regulations 2008 section 12 [1] that regulation reads ” No person shall supply a cosmetic product unless the container and packaging displays the following in indelible, easily legible and visible lettering — inter alia “Where the cosmetic product is manufactured outside the EEA, the country of origin must also be specified”. [ The EEA is the European Union Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.] I’m not sure how many European countries use “must” in their transposed regulations since the original Euro directive only said “may” but starting on 11 July 2013 as per Regulation [EC] No 1223/2009 the European Parliament on Cosmetic products Regulation require all European Countries, quoting Article 19 [on labeling] which states inter alia ” The country of origin shall be specified for imported cosmetic products”; Because AhavaUK Ltd put “Made by Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd, Dead Sea, Israel”. on their products this would appear to be a clear case of false country of origin, The Golan Heights Winery, falsely label their wine, product of Israel, when the wine is, according to World Trade Organization rules, made in Syria country code SY, the EU Regulation 607/2009 article 55, makes it an offence not to have the country of origin clearly described on the label, in these two instances the country of origin is compulsory, they are strict liability offences, the only defence available to the accused are Due diligence, which of course is no defence if the offender is aware of the offences yet does nothing about them. Unfortunately the local authorities whose duty it is to prosecute are reluctant to do so therefore National courts are going to have to force them to do it [Judicial Review] lawyers are at this time working on this very question, of course under the Prosecution of offences Act 1985 section 1, it is possible for any individual to prosecute, as Lord Wilberforce said in Gouriet v Union of Post office workers[1978] this historical right remains a valuable constitutional safeguard against inertia or partiality on the part of authority.

  5. Justpassingby
    March 9, 2013, 4:34 pm

    One should remember that this rings pretty hollow coming from the EU. Last year the report (“Trading away peace” see link below) showed that EU countries not only do business with the settlers, the money involved is 15 times greater, than the trade EU conduct with the palestinians.

    link to unhcr.org

    • Mayhem
      March 9, 2013, 5:13 pm

      Pray tell what do the Palestinians have to offer? They present a sinkhole for UN agencies UNRWA in particular (a special body just for the Palestinians!) ensures that Palestinian refugees continue to fester in camps, sustains the livelihood of anti-Israel UN officials and presents an obstacle to any real practical efforts to solve the refugee issue.

      • Avi_G.
        March 9, 2013, 5:30 pm

        Mayhem says:
        March 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        Pray tell what do the Palestinians have to offer? They present a sinkhole for UN agencies UNRWA in particular (a special body just for the Palestinians!) ensures that Palestinian refugees continue to fester in camps, sustains the livelihood of anti-Israel UN officials and presents an obstacle to any real practical efforts to solve the refugee issue.

        If anyone dared speak about Holocaust survivors with the same disdain, callous disregard, vulgarity, carelessness and arrogant dismissal of their suffering and the injustice done to them, you would be shouting ‘anti-Semitism’ and foaming at the mouth with anger.

        But it’s perfectly OK to make those arguments when the victims are Palestinians.

        Your comment is proof of the racist, bigoted and diseased mindset that is prevalent among Jewish nationalists like you.

        You, and everything you stand for, and everyone with whom you associate, disgusts me.

      • MHughes976
        March 9, 2013, 6:17 pm

        But the people who inspire this disgust plus the people who ignore the whole thing are the great majority of our great Western civilisation. All a bit horrifying.

      • mikeo
        March 9, 2013, 6:35 pm

        Mayhem and all the other Jewish nationalists like him are a more likely cause of anti-semitism than any in-built prejudice of Gentiles.

        History will record that Zionism was not “Good for the Jews”…

      • Philip Munger
        March 9, 2013, 6:59 pm

        Well said, Avi.

      • amigo
        March 10, 2013, 5:55 am

        Avi. Hear hear

      • Mayhem
        March 10, 2013, 7:16 am

        The UN has two agencies that deal with refugees – UNHRC and UNWRA.
        According to UNHCR a refugee is a person who, owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing public order in either part or the whole of his country of origin or nationality, is compelled to leave his place of habitual residence in order to seek refuge in another place outside his country of origin or nationality.
        As for UNRWA Palestinian refugees are persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.
        Now UNHRC

        1. helps people out of their refugee status
        2. does not give the status of refugee to all offspring
        3. makes refugee status dependent on economic condition

        While UNWRA

        1. helps people to preserve their refugee status
        2. gives the status of refugee to all offspring
        3. does not make refugee status dependent on economic condition

        UNHCR has helped 50,000,000 people to restart their life, who are no longer refugees. On the other hand UNRWA absorbed 711,000 refugees in 1948 and the number now is (according to UNRWA) 5,100,000.
        Is the paradox becoming evident?
        Alexander Galloway, UNRWA official 1951-52:

        The Arab states do not want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore … as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don’t give a damn whether the refugees live or die

        Refugee conference in Homs, Syria, 1957:

        … any discussion aimed at a solution of the Palestine problem which will not based on ensuring the refugees’ right to annihilate Israel will be regarded as desecration of the Arab people and an act of treason

        Finally, all the huffing and puffing and derogatory language aside about what I have said about how UNWRA perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem can I get an answer to my question: What do the Palestinians have to offer? There is a huge global market out there and if the Palestinians have product to sell, there is no reason that it would not attract buyers. I for one would happily buy from Palestinians if I thought that it would improve their economic well-being and move the I/P conflict toward resolution. However this is not the mindset of those who delight in using the Palestinian refugees as pawns in a propaganda war.
        If you still have any doubts about what I have been saying watch how the United Nations UNRWA agency directly supports terrorism link to youtube.com

      • Sumud
        March 10, 2013, 10:37 am

        There is a huge global market out there and if the Palestinians have product to sell, there is no reason that it would not attract buyers.

        No reason?

        Palestinians not have sovereignty over their territory, economy, borders and economy and Israeli apartheid is designed to make live miserable as possible for as many as possible, and choke the Palestinian economy – most dramatically in Gaza but also in the West Bank.

        When they do [have sovereignty], then you can talk about Palestinians as though they have some modicum of control over their lives.

        In the meantime by all means gloat. You do more for Palestinians than you can possibly imagine. Blame the victim. Really press hard on that jack boot, zionist. Don’t hold back.

        In the meantime, we all know Israel’s economy is built on handouts from the US, stolen Palestinians resources, manufacture of arms – and propagation of war.

        A real “light unto nations” huh?

      • ritzl
        March 10, 2013, 1:12 pm

        OT Hmm. That’s two people spouting this “pawns” stuff for no apparent reason, and using the exact same quotes (Mayhem and IL1948). Anyone know where it’s coming from (not that it matters much)?

        IL1948: link to mondoweiss.net

      • Mayhem
        March 10, 2013, 5:19 pm

        Sumud,

        we all know Israel’s economy is built on handouts from the US, stolen Palestinians resources, manufacture of arms – and propagation of war.

        Prove it. An independent analysis, unbiased assessment, anything?
        Your parallel with the Warsaw ghetto is pure nonsense.
        Anybody willing to defend UNRWA as it helps to perpetuate the conflict?

      • IrishMark
        March 9, 2013, 5:47 pm

        @Mayhem Let UNRWA leave and then Israel will be forced to provide for Palestinians living under occupation. In that way, Israel’s hand will be forced.
        In a week when William Hague says more sanctions must be applied to Iran, yet nothing will be done to stop stop Israel’s illegal settlement building, then news about labelling (if it ever happens) is to be welcomed.

      • sardelapasti
        March 10, 2013, 4:05 am

        IrishMark – “Let UNRWA leave and then Israel will be forced to provide for Palestinians living under occupation.”
        Not necessarily a good idea. These guys are Zionists. As their Mayhem says: “UNRWA … presents an obstacle to any real practical efforts to solve the refugee issue.” They are fully able to “solve the issue” by starving thousands of refugees to death, as there has been no serious reaction to any of their massacres until now.

      • K Renner
        March 9, 2013, 6:35 pm

        Perhaps if the Israeli government and army didn’t steal resources on land that belongs to Palestinians we would see a greater output of Palestinian products.

      • ritzl
        March 9, 2013, 7:38 pm

        @K Renner Perhaps??? Heck it’s by design. And continuously regurgitated as a reason/self-fulfilling prophesy for more of the same. Disgusting.

        PS I understand your choice of phrasing. People like Mayhem do not.

      • MK_Ultra
        March 10, 2013, 5:19 pm

        Israeli occupation results in $7 billion losses for Palestinians every year

        Palestinian losses resulting from the Israeli occupation have been estimated at around $7 billion every year, claims a report issued by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The difficult living conditions for the Palestinians are attributed to the annexation of the Palestinian economy to Israel’s.

        The losses, the report said, come about largely as a result of Israel’s control over the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and using them for Israel’s sole benefit. “Israel controls most of the underground water sources in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” the report noted. In fact, although the water sources produce 734 million cubic metres of water per annum, Palestinians only have access to 32 per cent of it.

        The OIC report listed environmental pollution, industrial and economic hindrances and Israeli restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom to travel as contributory factors to the overall losses.

        link to middleeastmonitor.com

      • Mayhem
        March 12, 2013, 12:49 am

        @MK_Ultra, your comment refers to a report (not provided) by the OIC, a gang of Islamic nations who are doing an appalling job in mediating the horrendous on-going conflict in Syria. This report, without scrutiny, is probably some propaganda agitprop written purely to target Israel.
        Would be interesting to know actually how much the OIC gives to the Palestinians – I’m sure it’s a pittance.

      • Sumud
        March 9, 2013, 7:06 pm

        Mayhem tells us jews trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto were worthless welfare whores and clearly they weren’t making a positive contribution to society anyway, so…

    • MHughes976
      March 9, 2013, 6:21 pm

      You’re right. I cower at the thought of the fulsome, underlyingly cruel, nonsense we shall be hearing soon from Obama in Jerusalem. But the most powerful personality in the EU, Angela Merkel, set the tone in her horrible visit there a year or two ago.

  6. Avi_G.
    March 9, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Israeli factories that operate in the occupied West Bank — either in the colonies out of the colonies — and normally employ Palestinians for minimal wages rarely label their products as made in the colonies (or the West Bank).

    So the government of Holland’s decision is going to result in ZERO products being labeled as originating in the occupied West Bank.

    Why?

    Because all the products will read “Made in Israel”.

    If you do not believe me, investigate this further and you will see.

    It seems to me the Europeans are either fundamentally naive or are doing this as a face-saving measure knowing full well it will not affect or hurt their trade with Israel.

  7. US Citizen
    March 9, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Let’s hope this is truly the beginning. To boycott Israeli goods, just don’t buy anything if the barcode begins with 729….

  8. HarryLaw
    March 9, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Avi-G. In the UK, Section 16 of the Trades Description Act 1968, this part, like section 32 which describes the circumstances of where a product is made, also this part of the Act has not been repealed, is quite plain, and where it can be proved, those goods should be stopped at entry by customs and excise, here is that section….. 16. Prohibition of importation of goods bearing false indication of origin.

    Where a false trade description is applied to any goods outside the United Kingdom and the false indication, or one of the false indications, given, or likely to be taken as given, thereby is an indication of the place of manufacture, production, processing or reconditioning of the goods or any part thereof, the goods shall not be imported into the United Kingdom. The Trading Standards Dept are also responsible for enforcing this.

    • Sonja
      March 10, 2013, 5:15 am

      It is the same in the Netherlands. We also have a Trading Standards Department (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA), but for over a decade it is consciously refusing to do their task. They told me that they are not investigating the origin of ‘Israeli’ products, because Dutch government lawmakers stated that they are “not aware” of products being falsely labeled.

    • Avi_G.
      March 10, 2013, 5:42 am

      Fair enough. But, how do British authorities actually know what’s originating east of the Green Line and what’s originating west of the Green Line?

      Do they send teams of investigators to check these things?

      Does the British embassy in Tel-Aviv have staff that goes out to investigate these things and subsequently report back to London with their findings?

      My guess is they don’t.

      So the law is merely a CYA measure.

      Let’s face it, Britain has yet to find its moral compass. This used to be, after all, the empire on which the sun never sets. Imperialism and Colonialism are two habits that Britain has yet to drop. Listening to William Hague’s pronouncements certainly betrays that fact, not to mention the fact that Britain changed, tweaked and manipulated its own laws to accommodate visits by Israeli war criminals, lest the latter face prosecution under British law.

      Let’s not fool ourselves here.

      • NickJOCW
        March 10, 2013, 7:34 am

        The answer is they don’t know. These are regulations. It’s up to an organisation or member of the public to draw their attention to contraventions at which point I imagine they are obliged to investigate.

  9. Basilio
    March 9, 2013, 9:39 pm

    Labeling doesn’t do much since Israel can slap on a made in Israel label and lie. It also isn’t a ban on those products. Thus, the EU and the US are abetting theft of land, and they’re trying to pretend they’re doing much. However, it’s a nice, symbolic first step. It’s better than nothing.

    • sardelapasti
      March 10, 2013, 3:56 am

      Basilio – Certainly, but that is where our duty and ability to trace, check and raise a stink at every single violation comes into play.

  10. Blownaway
    March 9, 2013, 10:45 pm

    They are recommending labeling…that’s pretty brave alright

  11. Taxi
    March 10, 2013, 1:08 am

    Dear world,
    Just boycott the whole goddamn diabolical zionist experiment already!

    Dear people of the world,
    Don’t wait for your freakazoid governments to tell you ‘when’ to boycott – just go ahead and do it YOURSELVES like RIGHT NOW. Go ahead and boycott EVERYTHING israel today, tomorrow and till the end of their despicable Apartheid regime.

    If you ain’t doing it already and you’re buying israeli products, you’re directly participating in the slow-mo ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of the holy land. C’mon people, no decent human would want that on their conscience – really folks, stop ‘talking’ civilized and start ACTING civilized.

    Action, people! Action, action, action!!!!!!!

    A drop joins another and another and a few more make a stream, make a river, make a sea, make a franking roaring ocean that NO ONE can ignore!

    • American
      March 10, 2013, 12:11 pm

      Taxi says:
      March 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

      Dear world,
      Just boycott the whole goddamn diabolical zionist experiment already!>>>>>>

      Yea and boycott everything and everyone in the US that supports Israel…individuals, companies, politicians, everything.
      I remember a long time ago seeing some site that had ‘wanted posters’ of teachers, professors, anyone who had spoken out about Israel and against zionism.
      Maybe we need to set up some site like that and have ‘chapters’ of it across the whole country with activist who would pass out flyers to the public telling them why they should boycott these people and businesses in the US.

  12. Sonja
    March 10, 2013, 4:58 am

    Everybody is distributing the wrong news about this ‘bold move’ of the Dutch government. There has not been any ‘move’ at all. The government distributed an “advice” in a letter addressed to Dutch retailers, that’s all. Now most small Dutch retailers don’t even know that Israel is an occupying state, let alone they know where their products originate from. Big retailers are aware of it (because of BDS info), but already got away with selling products “from Israel” for 13 years (since clear Dutch & EU legislation on this issue) – in full cooperation with government authorities. For the last decade, Dutch authorities and lawmakers have stated (also to me) that they are “not aware” of such cases.

    In short: nothing will change in the Netherlands. For only one reason: money. Because if the produce comes from the settlements, import taxes must be payed.

    The letter of “advice” actually makes things worse, simply because it now legitimises the ongoing Dutch import of and trade in settlement produce. These import companies now get a genuine free ticket, because responsibility has been moved to the Dutch retailer.

    United Civilians for Peace is uninformed and gullible as usual. For instance, in the article it also states: “United Civilians for Peace … expects the Dutch business community to cooperate fully in the implementation of international law.”

  13. HarryLaw
    March 10, 2013, 6:54 am

    Avi-G “Fair enough. But, how do British authorities actually know what’s originating east of the Green Line and what’s originating west of the Green Line?” The two biggest offenders AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories and Soda Stream, actually admit to operating in the West Bank, in the former, AHAVA’s Managing Director Y Ellis admitted in a letter to retailers in the US in 2010, that his factory and visitors centre is at Mitspe Shalem, in the West Bank, although he did not say the West Bank was not part of Israel. In the case of Soda Stream EU authorities have forced this company to pay the full import duty on exports to the EU, this after the European Court of Justice found that the factory where the carbonating devices where produced in Mishor Edomin in the West Bank is not part of the Internationally recognized state of Israel as defined in article 83, and therefore cannot qualify for free movement of goods under the EC- Israel Association Agreement. See Brita GmbH v Hauptzollamp Hamburg-Hafen, case No C-386/08, 25-02-2010. In my opinion just one or two cases brought before the courts must result in convictions and the whole house of cards could collapse, especially these two companies, another offender Golan Heights Winery is particularly blatant, they just don’t seem to care. Well we will see about that.

  14. HarryLaw
    March 10, 2013, 7:17 am

    Sonja, “These import companies now get a genuine free ticket, because responsibility has been moved to the Dutch retailer”. In my first comment you will see that under the regulations at least in the case of Ahava and Golan Heights Winery, the regulations concerning Country of origin labeling are compulsory, and are applicable to retail traders equally, you say your trading standards teams, like ours, are reluctant to get involved that’s true, but there are more ways to skin a cat, they can be compelled to do their duty through court action, or the offenders could be pursued through private criminal prosecution, well it can be done here in the UK.

    • Sonja
      March 10, 2013, 12:58 pm

      True, but the problem (now) is that Dutch retailers are free to take our government “advice” for granted. It’s just an advice, not a legislation. Of course EU-legislation is clear on this subject, but everyone gets away with it because our trading dept. refuses to do its job when it comes to Israeli import. In short: there are no sanctions or fines, and there is no one to control what’s been sold under what label.

      Court action for individuals in the Netherlands is expensive and takes years. No one is prepared to make that sacrifice…

  15. Erasmus
    March 10, 2013, 8:05 am

    Re Basilio.:
    “Labeling doesn’t do much since Israel can slap on a made in Israel label and lie.”….

    That is what they do already since years, including exporting to some other importing country / wholesale importer in the EU and relabel Israeli products as from another EU country of origin.
    Previously Turkish business had been helpful in such a scheme; not anymore I guess. Nowadays, Greek and Greek Cypriot companies may have taken their place, and so do French and Spanish importers.

    That is why it only makes sense to boycott ALL Israeli products, irrespective of any labeling details, i.e. whether they are labeled “Made in Israel” or “Produce of the occupied WestBank”.
    The entire Jewish Israeli electorate, the Israel State machinery and Israel’s commercial sector / companies are so deeply entrenched in the occupation, colonization and exploitation of Palestine, that no practical and justifiable distinction between the two geographies of origin can be made.

    The debates in Europe (whether by EU- or other EU-member state politicians) on the labeling issue goes on since years. Endlessly, without any clear regulation and enforceable follow-up.

    Therefore, again, ALL Products with the barcode 729 shall remain in the shelves and rot there.

    • ritzl
      March 10, 2013, 1:18 pm

      Yup. Since Israel can’t be honest about its labeling practices, all products labeled “Made in Israel” should be assumed to be made in the WB. Just to be safe. Seems only prudent.

  16. pabelmont
    March 10, 2013, 9:04 am

    The labeling could backfire if Israel-comfortable folk began to boycott the settlement stuff and continued to buy the made-in-Israel-labeled stuff.

    However, if Israel is caught up in lies after Britain and Nederlands implement their new rules, then the proper response (which I hope will occur to people) is to boycott all made-in-Israel stuff.

    And, indeed, all Israeli stuff SHOULD be boycotted as “made in OPTs” since the water used in agriculture and manufacture everywhere inside Israeli-controlled territory has come in a non-separable way from the unified Israeli water system which siphons-off so much of the West bank’s aquifer.

  17. American
    March 10, 2013, 12:26 pm

    This really is nothing….it’s such a nothing drop in the bucket I am beginning to think the whole boycott the “settlements” movement is a zionist false flag project to lead people away from actually doing or demanding anything more dramatic –it encourages them to think boycotting the settlements actually has some impact on Israel….it doesn’t.

    All the little insignificent posturing by countries like the Netherlands on the settlement products does nothing to deter Israel and only serves to take the activist eyes off the real ball of how the EU is continuing to support Israel.

    IOW…it’s bullshit.

    How the EU subsidises Israels military-industrial complex

    link to warincontext.org

    Ben Hayes writes: Regardless of where you stand on Israel-Palestine, things
    have surely gone awry in Brussels for the EU to be providing generous RD
    (research and development) subsidies to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),
    the state-owned manufacturer of Israeli ‘drones’ and other ‘battlefield
    solutions’. Some of the grants are for IAI to adapt its killer [...]

  18. MK_Ultra
    March 10, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Apparently, the Dutch are not the only ones boycotting goods produced on stolen land. Lookie here, who is else is at (even if for different & self-serving reasons):

    Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli haredi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party’s position on drafting yeshiva students.

    The leader of Jewish Home, Naftali Bennett, is a staunch advocate of West Bank settlements and is also fighting to end the draft exemption for haredi Israelis. Though Israel’s Supreme Court outlawed the exemption last year, in practice haredi Israelis still are not being drafted into the army.

    Radio commentators on the haredi Kol Baramah radio station said it was time for the haredi community to liberate itself from the settler movement, with which it has a “fake” relationship.

    “We need to think twice about supporting those who hate us. It’s about time we stop being suckers,” commentator Avi Bloom said, according to the Times of Israel. “When Bennett cries about mothers not being able to sleep at night, you can come and ask him by what right does he not allow Tel Aviv mothers, and now ultra-Orthodox mothers as well, to sleep at night because of the need to protect some random outpost.”

    Kol Baramah commentator Yaakov Rivlin echoed the sentiment. “It’s time to end all these relations with the real estate dealers in the West Bank territories,” he said.

    A senior columnist for the Hamodia newspaper, Yisrael Hershkowitz, wrote, “The settlements will pay the price for the costly arrogance” of Bennett.

    Hershkowitz said companies located in Jewish settlements in the West Bank or companies owned by settlers could go out of business if boycotted by haredim.

    link to jta.org

    Uuuuuuh…it almost looks as if the Chosen are eating its own. Wonder if the government of ISreal is going to prosecute them under that law that makes it a crime and penalizes anyone that calls for a boycott. Naaaaw…nothing to worry about. Such laws only apply to others not their own ilk.

  19. amigo
    March 10, 2013, 1:08 pm

    There is a positive side to this?.

    When activists visit businesses who handle this contraband , it is much easier to convince them to stop when armed with such a report.

    I have successfully convinced three mid sized food stores to stop handling anything Labeled from Israel.

    There are others in Ireland attempting to achieve the same goal working with the assistance of local IPSM (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Movements).

    Getting one illegal Settler at a time out of the business of profiting from war crimes is how we can end the this whole ugly enterprise.

  20. Les
    March 10, 2013, 6:46 pm

    How great that they include East Jerusalem.

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