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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:34 PM

Patience Runs Out: EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian terroritories often deceptively give their products a "Made in Israel" label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country.

By Christoph Schult in Brussels

The wine section on the basement floor of the Galeria Kaufhof department store in downtown Cologne has a good assortment of wines from around the world. Above the bottles, the shelves bear little tags showing the prices and flags of the countries of origin.

One cubicle has a tag showing a blue Star of David on a white background. At first glance, one might be led to believe that the wine comes from Israel. It even says "Wine of Israel" on the label. However, it requires a good bit of geographical and historical expertise to figure out the true origin of this 14.99 ($20) bottle of wine. The label says it is a 2008 "Gamla" Cabernet Sauvignon, "Produced & Bottled by Golan Heights Winery." The address provided is "12900 Katzrin, Israel."

But that address isn't in Israel. Katzrin is a settlement in the Golan Heights. Until the Six Day War of 1967, the rock plateau stretching some 60 kilometers (37 miles) belonged to Syria. The Israeli army has occupied both it and the Palestinian West Bank ever since.

The international community has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over these areas, and the Geneva Convention outlaws the establishment of settlements within occupied territories. Nevertheless, successive Israeli governments have allowed colonies to be built up within them and, today, some 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/eu-to-crack-down-on-products-from-israeli-settlements-a-882623.html

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Reply Patience Runs Out: EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products (Original post)
Purveyor Feb 2013 OP
oberliner Feb 2013 #1
azurnoir Feb 2013 #3
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #4
azurnoir Feb 2013 #6
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #8
azurnoir Feb 2013 #10
shaayecanaan Feb 2013 #9
Scootaloo Feb 2013 #18
azurnoir Feb 2013 #2
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #5
azurnoir Feb 2013 #7
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #12
azurnoir Feb 2013 #19
shira Feb 2013 #11
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #13
shira Feb 2013 #14
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #15
shira Feb 2013 #16
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #17

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 03:11 PM

1. People should learn more about the Golan Heights

Why, for example, is it not included by the Palestinian side as part of a potential Palestinian state?

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Response to oberliner (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:01 PM

3. because it is part of Syria?

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sorry that doesn't make it Israel either

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:10 PM

4. No kidding.


Like talking to a brick.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:19 PM

6. but but but

I should get points I even remembered to pose it as a question

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:22 PM

8. Would you like to make this a true daily double?

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:23 PM

10. yes by all means :-)

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Response to oberliner (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:23 PM

9. Yes, some people should definitely learn more about the Golan Heights...

such as, for example, the fact that it is considered Syrian territory and not Palestinian territory:-

Security Council Resolution S/RES/497 (1981) Resolution 497 (1981) Adopted by the Security Council at its 2319th meeting, on 17 December 1981

The Security Council,

Having considered the letter of 14 December 1981 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic contained in document S/14791,

Reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions,

1. Decides that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect;

2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision;

3. Determines that all the provisions of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 continue to apply to the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since June 1967;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of this resolution within two weeks and decides that in the event of non-compliance by Israel, the Security Council would meet urgently, and not later than 5 January 1982, to consider taking appropriate measures in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:33 PM

18. For real, Oberliner?

C'mon. At least try.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:00 PM

2. waiting for outrage over proper and honest labeling

of the origin of products

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:14 PM

5. But, but, but 3000+ years of history...


Doesn't that entitle some to do whatever they want?


Perhaps angst over Greta Berlin needs to be inserted into this thread?

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:22 PM

7. I was thinking all things being equal and all

by that breasoning shouldn't the Rus (Russians) be able to stake out claims in Sweden?

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:50 PM

12. 100 pts. Not many know the origins of the Rus.


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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:42 PM

19. Thank you

helps make up for the Lauder confusion

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:19 PM

11. EU patience runs out vs. settlements. Not so much WRT recognizing Hezbollah as terror org.

At least they have their priorities.



Bravo!

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Response to shira (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:03 PM

13. Yes, they apparently do have their priorities.

But unlike Hizbollah, Israel would never deceive the EU...or for that matter the world.

Perhaps the EU has it wrong and should place any request to Israel in the form of an "ask."

The practice seems to work so well in the USA.


On edit: The cold hard reality of BDS seems to be a littler closer every day.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:06 PM

14. No clue what you're going on about...

But maybe now you'll remember EU politics when it comes to I/P. Like the UN, it's not about human rights, morals, and ethics. It's pure politics. The real ugly kind too...

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Response to shira (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:11 PM

15. Huh? Wha? Eh?

When cornered always feign ignorance.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:13 PM

16. I understood your last line about BDS. Seems you're all for it...

Not surprising.

But once again, I didn't get what you were writing about before that.

Clarify?

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Response to shira (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:23 PM

17. Clarification.



You're a real kidder.

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