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‘Israel furious over ‘absurd’ boycott’

Published on 24 July 2013 at 09:07

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Israel’s foreign affairs minister has condemned the boycott of Israeli products originating in the Palestinian territories recently implemented by two chains of Dutch grocery stores, reports Dutch daily Trouw.

The anger is all the greater, explains the paper, because the European Union is becoming more and more critical of Israeli colonies in the West Bank. Trouw notes that the Dutch government is opposed to an official boycott, but wants to make products from the occupied territories easily recognisable.
This idea is also promoted by Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the EU for external affairs, who would like to put in place a specific label by the end of the year. The current “made in Israel” label on all imported products could give the impression that the EU implicitly supports the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

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