Nov. 12, 2015
- Brussels Embraces the Anti-Israel Label – Moshe Kantor
On Wednesday the EU began implementing a labeling regime that requires the clear identification of certain products made in the West Bank. These measures restrict Israel’s trade, in violation of numerous multilateral treaties. Not only does the EU not penalize any other nation for what may be deemed to be an occupation, but it actually profits from some of them.
Last year, for instance, the EU signed an agreement with Morocco extending their fisheries treaties into Western Sahara. The Moroccans have been accused of occupying that region and conducting a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous people there. In northern Cyprus, the EU provides direct grants and funds to the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It even offers an aid program to Turkish Cypriots. Are there substantial or legal differences between these cases and Israel’s? The writer is president of the European Jewish Congress. (Wall Street Journal)