Ambassador of the European Union Lars Faaborg-Andersen stressed on Wednesday that Europe is not boycotting Israel or the settlements. "Don't confuse fact with fiction," he told the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.
The ambassador expressed shock at hearing claims of anti-Semitism and invocation of the Holocaust with regard to the EU decision to label products from the Israeli settlements. "This is insulting to the memory of the Holocaust," he asserted.
"How can a partner and friend invest millions of Euros in Israel and still be accused of boycotting it?" he asked, further noting that since Britain introduced labeling of Israeli settlement products, trade between the countries has doubled.