Fears That More Countries Will Join Settlement Boycott [View all]
20 May 12 19:08, Yuval Azulai and Lilach Weissman
The Manufacturers Association of Israel and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor are afraid that the discrimination against Israeli goods produced in West Bank settlements will spread. Over the weekend, South African Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Rob Davies announced that goods produced in Israeli settlements would carry special labels. Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal also announced Israeli goods originating in the West Bank imported by Denmark will from now on carry a special label.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Shalom Simhon told "Globes" today, "Exports of goods produced by Israeli enterprises beyond the Green Line are a negligible proportion of total Israeli exports. However, I am deeply concerned of a chain reaction that will cause other countries to follow the South African initiative. At the moment, I believe that this is a single initiative."
Leading manufacturers told "Globes" that the value of goods exported from enterprises in Judea and Samaria total tens of millions of dollars annually, a negligible proportion of Israel's $46 billion in annual export of goods.
However, the manufacturers said that the initiative by the South African government raises deep concerns that it will inspire other countries to follow suit.