UK to label products “Israeli Settlement Produce” from illegal settlements in Palestine

Props to the UK government for doing this. Boycotting these products will be boycotting terrorists.

Britain has acted to increase pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements by advising UK supermarkets on how to distinguish between foods from the settlements and Palestinian-manufactured goods.

The government’s move falls short of a legal requirement but is bound to increase the prospects of a consumer boycott of products from those territories. Israeli officials and settler leaders were tonight highly critical of the decision.

Until now, food has been simply labelled “Produce of the West Bank”, but the new, voluntary guidance issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), says labels could give more precise information, like “Israeli settlement produce” or “Palestinian produce”.

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3 Replies to “UK to label products “Israeli Settlement Produce” from illegal settlements in Palestine”

  1. Alhamdulillah, as one major British supermarket chain says: “every little helps”… even for government agencies to be talking about such issues openly, helps to promote awareness.

    However, I wonder how many supermarkets will take their advice, considering it is just that… not legislation. I mean, if they do change their labels, then it will likely reduce sales to ethical shoppers, which is kinda like a shot in the foot for the supermarkets. But it would also mean that they’re more likely to drop those products, thereby negatively affecting the suppliers of such blood produce.

    That’s why it really needs to be legislated.

  2. I agree w/ IMuslim. This is a voluntary piece of advice. It’s most definitely is not a boycott… just guidelines to help ethical shoppers better understand where there food is coming from (i.e. Israeli Occupied Areas in the West Bank).

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