German foreign minister backs EU labels of Israeli settlement products

December 4, 2015 19:28


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Germany’s foreign minister announced on Friday his ministry’s support for the European Union’s labeling of Israeli products from the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

In an email to The Jerusalem Post, the Foreign Ministry defended the EU label, saying it “does not deal with a stigmatized warning decal, as many have presented…What Brussels wants is, however, only a clear designation of the origin of the products.”

The Post sent a press query to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Social Democratic Party) asking if he was for or against EU guidelines marking products and whether he viewed the labeling system as a modern form of anti-Semitism.

The German Foreign Ministry added “there will not be an Israel boycott in Germany” and “Israeli products will, of course, continue to receive preferential market access.”

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