European Union ruling: Ban poultry imports from settlements

Israel/Palestine
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European officials have informed Israel that the EU  has issued a ruling banning the import of poultry and eggs from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem.

Even though EU guidelines restricting business and trade with “territories occupied by Israel since June 1967″(pdf) have been in effect since January, this represents an escalation of enforcement. AFP reported an EU official, on confirming the ban, noted the ruling was issued “in the spirit” of these guidelines.

The European officials told Israel’s Agriculture Ministry their veterinary supervision would no longer be recognized in occupied Palestinian territory, therefore eggs and poultry from the settlements wouldn’t meet public health regulations required for import to the 28-nation bloc

Haaretz reported Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir was “surprised by the notification”.

According to the report, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir was surprised by the notification and assured Israeli veterinary supervision beyond the 1967 borders is no different than within. It also notes that only 5 percent of the poultry produced by Israel originates in the settlements.

Jerusalem and Brussels have been in contact in recent weeks to try and resolve the issue, and an Israeli official is quoted by Walla as saying it is one of the “strangest diplomatic disputes” he has encountered.

We need to see much more action like this. It’s worth republishing Omar Barghouti’s response to the EU’s guideline’s last summer:

Given the EU’s profound complicity at all levels in maintaining Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid, these guidelines constitute a bare minimal step in the right direction that may open the door to more effective boycotts against Israel in the future. We welcome them, but we also must soberly remind the European establishment that it is obliged, morally and legally, to do much more on the ground to atone for its role in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

36 Responses

  1. thetruthhurts
    May 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

    i think its humans which should be banned from being imported from israel.

  2. just
    May 23, 2014, 2:18 pm

    This is enforcement of law. We in the US don’t even recognize the existence of international law, never mind the enforcement of same. Good for the EU.

    Pee-yew on us.

  3. amigo
    May 23, 2014, 2:19 pm

    Great news and especially if the timing is intended as a response to the murder of the two Palestinian youths.

    Is the s–t about to hit the fan???.

    I certainly hope so.That will keep our zio apologist crew busy attempting to convince us the world is anti semitic and are trying to destroy Israel blah blah blah.

    This will be a shot in the arm for BDS.Great news.

    note this part!!

    “Jerusalem and Brussels have been in contact in recent weeks to try and resolve the issue,”

    Why Jerusalem.That is occupied Territory and is not recognized by any nation except Israel.Not even the USA.

  4. adele
    May 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Every little bit adds up. The chickens are slowly coming home to roost :-)

  5. Kay24
    May 23, 2014, 2:38 pm

    As I mentioned before it seems the chickens are coming home to roost, and it is shame on the US for not taking a stand, and telling Israel to go jump in the Dead sea.
    The EU has shown time and time again, that they are not intimidated by Israel, as much as the US has been, and boycotting of products from illegal settlements, is the correct course of action.

    • Tzombo
      May 23, 2014, 4:20 pm

      Not intimidated as much, no. But still quite a lot. In good news in the Dutch part of the Europarliament elections the pro-Palestinian parties GL, SP PvdD and 50+ all won or maintained what they had, while Geert Wilders PVV lost big time. 50+ is especially interesting as the leader and only member split off from the rightwing VVD and is very supportive of action against the settlements (which the VVD is definitely not).

      • Kay24
        May 23, 2014, 4:40 pm

        Wilders and Geller, two bigots in a pod. I am glad he lost, and that he will be unable to be in power to cause more hatred for others.

  6. Woody Tanaka
    May 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

    This is a good start, but, frankly, since the Israeli government will no doubt seek to avoid this ruling by covertly shipping illicit product from beyond the green line and then ship it out, the EU should go further and ban all products from all of Israel so long as there are any poultry products produced beyond the green line.

  7. seafoid
    May 23, 2014, 2:46 pm

    “and an Israeli official is quoted by Walla as saying it is one of the “strangest diplomatic disputes” he has encountered.”

    That comment must have been delivered in Hebrew . It makes no sense in English.

  8. Palikari
    May 23, 2014, 2:53 pm

    It’s disgusting. Hey, EU, why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights such as most Arab/Muslim countries, China, Russia…?

    Ah, yes… Let’s go against the Jews! The same story all over again.

    • Tzombo
      May 23, 2014, 4:25 pm

      I guess you missed all the boycotts against most Arab/Muslim countries and now against Russia (for trying to change their borders unilaterally by military force, doesn’t that sound familiar). You whine an cry but the fact is Israel is kept clear from the consequences of their awful behavior by the US (and the EU and other Western countries to varying degrees).

      • Citizen
        May 24, 2014, 8:54 am

        @ Tzombo

        So interesting, the US implements superpower economic sanctions against countries with ill opinion of Israel’s conduct and policies, and you don’t even acknowledge that. What do you have to say about how often the US uses its UN SC veto to immunize Israel from any accountability for its actions?

    • Ecru
      May 23, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Since you seem to have missed it – Europe’s already working on boycotting Russian goods and has imposed sanctions on figures close to the Russian leadership. Not sure what the state of play is as regards China.

      And is it (hysterical screaming) “the Jews?” Has the EU published sanctions against Jewish businesses in Europe? In America? In Argentina? No. Funny that. Just ILLEGAL Jewish-supremacist settlers from the Judenreich ILLEGALLY in violent and brutal occupation of other people’s land.

      However, your whining is wonderfully counter-productive so please do carry on.

      • Citizen
        May 24, 2014, 8:57 am

        Obama is all about economic sanctions on Russia, and, of course, on Iran. He knows AIPAC pays the bills for using USA as a tool of Zionist Israel. He just wants a good materialistic life for himself and his family. He’s as mediocre as it gets.

    • Woody Tanaka
      May 23, 2014, 4:55 pm

      “Hey, EU, why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights ”

      You’re out of your mind. Your Apartheid state violates human rights every single minute of every single day and has since it’s founding. Don’t want to get boycotted?? Stop deserving it.

      “Ah, yes… Let’s go against the Jews! The same story all over again.”

      LMAO. Yeah, I’m so glad that you have that crutch to use. I mean, without the ability to slander other people based on your own paranoia and juvenile victim complex, you and your vile state might have to do some self examination and change for the better and actually treat people right, even when they’re not Jews. But that would take character.

    • ckg
      May 23, 2014, 5:19 pm

      It’s disgusting. Hey, EU, why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights such as most Arab/Muslim countries, China, Russia…?

      deflection

      Ah, yes… Let’s go against the Jews! The same story all over again.

      straw man and implied ad hominem

    • Talkback
      May 23, 2014, 6:14 pm

      It’s disgusting. Hey, EU, why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights such as most Arab/Muslim countries, China, Russia…?

      Ah, yes… Let’s go against the Jews! The same story all over again.

      Why don’t you support these countries, too?

      Ah, yes… They are not Jewish. The same story all over again.

    • eljay
      May 23, 2014, 9:06 pm

      >> Hey, EU, why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights …

      It does: Israel “really violate human rights”.

      >> Ah, yes… Let’s go against the Jews! The same story all over again.

      It’s not the same: This time, it’s not “the Jews”, it’s the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel. You know, the one that “really violate human rights”.

      Anyway, I’m sure Zach S will pop up any moment now and take you to task for being a Palestinian (or a Palestinian supporter) and asserting that “Israel = Jews”.

    • talknic
      May 24, 2014, 2:09 am

      @ Palikari ” why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights such as most Arab/Muslim countries, China, Russia…?”

      Uh huh. And if they did, would Israel suddenly adhere to the Law, the UN Charter, withdraw from all non-Israeli territory, take its illegal settler fools back to Israel and withdraw all the Jewish state’s military forces from non-Israeli territory for the first time in 66 years?

      Say … is that the same China & Russia Bibi has been trying drum up business with and apparently DIDN’T say anything about their human rights issues worth reporting?
      link to google.com.au
      link to google.com.au

      Israel is committing its vile transgressions in territories OUTSIDE of the State of Israel, in non-Israeli territory and although other states have human rights issues we all should loath, they are WITHIN the sovereign extent of those states.

      “Ah, yes… Let’s go against the Jews!”

      ” The same story all over again”

      Yes. Same old idiotic conflating Jews with Israel’s ILLEGAL policies. Seems brain dead ziocaine addicted propagandists never get tired of posting nonsense.

      • Citizen
        May 24, 2014, 9:03 am

        Nothing like conflating Israel’s activity with Jewish activity–why not? The Israeli government does it every day. I feel sorry for an independent-minded Jew. How is he or she to show he or she is not in favor of Israel’s policies and conduct?

    • amigo
      May 24, 2014, 6:56 am

      “It’s disgusting. Hey, EU, why don’t you boycott countries that really violate human rights “.palikari.

      You must be high on ziocaine.

      6 June 2013 – A United Nations independent expert today drew attention to the human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory and stressed that attempts to distort the facts cannot mask the reality that Israel’s actions are endangering Palestinians’ lives every day.

      “Neither Israel nor its proxies can justify the facts on the ground in occupied Palestine,” Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said, “so they distract, distort and defame to allow the violations to go on.”

      In a news release, Mr. Falk underlined that “irresponsible and dishonest smear campaigns to discredit those who document these realities do not change the facts on the ground 46 after Israel launched the war that began its occupation of Palestine.”

      According to Mr. Falk, Israel is actively confiscating Palestinian water and land, having seized an additional 60,000 square meters of land near Nablus just this week.

      “Israel continues to annex Palestinian territory; Israel persists in demolishing Palestinians’ homes and populating Palestine with Israeli citizens; Israel maintains a policy of collectively punishing 1.75 million Palestinians through its imposition of a blockade on the Gaza Strip; and Israel prosecutes its occupation with impunity, refusing to accept the world’s calls to respect international law,” he said.

      Israel has detained approximately 750,000 Palestinians since the occupation began 46 years ago, equalling nearly 20 per cent of the entire Palestinian population, Mr. Falk said.

      “At the end of May Israel had 4,979 Palestinians, including 236 children, in its prisons. Another fact is that Israel constantly holds around 200 Palestinians in so-called administrative detention, which is a euphemism Israel uses for detention without charges.

      There,s lots more.Go read it and educate yourself before you make yourself look totally dumb.

      link to un.org

    • pjdude
      May 24, 2014, 6:47 pm

      Or you know israel since it’s one of the biggest and unlike any of the others has never been touched for its hienious and ongoing crimes

  9. piotr
    May 23, 2014, 3:19 pm

    piotr tried to write something witty, so he made a web search “Israel egg export”, do they export any eggs? Yes:

    JERUSALEM (May. 20)
    The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed here today that Israel had negotiated an agreement with the Cuban Government, providing for the export of eggs by this country to Cuba. The spokesman denied, however, that the agreement had ever been kept secret, or that anyone had ever complained about it.
    Foreign press reports, emanating from here last week indicated that U.S. officials had complained to the Israeli Government over the agreement with the Castro regime, since Israel farmers feed egg-producing chickens grain given to Israel by the United States from surplus agricultural stockpiles. “There is no clause in the American-Israeli agreement over the supply of grain surplus that it is not to be used as fodder,” the Government spokesman added.

    Read more: link to jta.org

    • Citizen
      May 24, 2014, 9:05 am

      Always great to learn another lesson in how Israel, with the aid of American Jews, gets yet another Israel use of Americans et large as fools.

  10. Justpassingby
    May 23, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Does it have to do with the guidelines or rather with veterinary “reasons”?

    • Annie Robbins
      May 23, 2014, 4:24 pm

      they are not recognizing the israeli authority outside the green line, therefore the poultry and eggs does not meet the health codes. if you open the pdf and read it thoroughly there’s probably something in there about it. i think i read it was at the base of the article somewhere but i gave it a little more than a cursory glance and couldn’t find it.

      • Justpassingby
        May 23, 2014, 5:05 pm

        ok, shouldnt all trade be banned then?
        I find the guidelines quite pathetic.

  11. BillM
    May 23, 2014, 3:58 pm

    Great story. Do you know if this applies to the Golan Heights as well?

    • Annie Robbins
      May 23, 2014, 4:21 pm

      the guidelines apply to the golan heights but the news did not mention anything about the GH.

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