The EU Court of Justice recently ruled that products from settlements must provide an "indication of that provenance" to better inform consumers. The ruling pertains to products imported from settlements in the occupied east Jerusalem, West Bank and the Golan Heights, all captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
The ruling will pass into law the labeling of settler products, which had previously been only advisory by the EU and left to the individual purview of its 28 member states. "Foodstuffs originating in territories occupied by the state of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied – where those foodstuffs come from a locality or a group of localities constituting an Israeli settlement within that territory – by the indication of that provenance," the Court of Justice of the European Union said.
It clarified that the word "settlement" would now have to be included on consumer labels for Israeli goods produced in east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank settlements.
* Palestinian author, researcher and freelance journalist; recipient of two prizes from the Palestinian Union of Writers
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