Norway to Label Illegal Settlement Products

An illegal Jewish settlement in the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv, via ActiveStills.org)

Norway decided on Friday to label products manufactured in the illegal Jewish settlements built on Palestinian land, in a move that sparked the ire of the Israeli government, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

In a statement, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry announced that the “Israel” origin will only be valid for goods that come from territories controlled by Israel before June 4, 1967.

“Food goods from Israeli-occupied areas must be labeled with the area where the product comes from and whether it comes from an Israeli settlement, if that is the case,” the statement read.

This measure will apply to the occupied territories in the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Norway said in the statement that the principle behind this decision is that consumers should not be misled by the labeling on the origin of products.

The European Commission, the governing body of the European Union, already decided on this type of labeling in 2015 and recommended it to the members of the Union. The decision was upheld by the EU Court of Justice (CJEU).

There are over 600,000 colonial Israeli settlers living in Jewish-only settlements across the West Bank in violation of international law.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

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