EU Strives For Accurate Labelling of Israel’s Settler Goods, Changes Would Apply to SodaStream
A recent article in the Arab News reported that recently published EU guidelines will prevent the 28 member EU countries from funding or dealing with Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU must ensure “the correct labelling of imported products originating beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders that are marked as Israeli products.”
This would include SodaStream, which is manufactured in Mishor Adumin Industrial Park, an illegal settlement that is part of Ma’ale Adumin, an illegal residential settlement, but then labelled Made in Israel.
Settlement building in the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war is illegal until international law.
Only July 19 the EU’s Official Journal published separate guidelines forbidding EU member countries from funding or dealing with settlements in any way. The preamble to the new guidelines states:
“The EU does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over…the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including east Jerusalem….and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory, irrespective of their legal status under domestic law.”