Abbas to lobby EU to support sanctions against West Bank settlements

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to visit three European countries this week to discuss activating EU regulations against West Bank settlements and Jewish areas of east Jerusalem.
Last July, issued guidelines that clarified its policy against providing grants, prizes or loans to Israeli entities, including non-profit and educational institutions, located over the pre-1967 lines.
The newly clarified restrictions are scheduled to go into effect on the first of January 2014.
Separately, the EU is working on legal guidelines for any of its member states that might choose to issue consumer labels for products produced in West Bank settlements.
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