The European Union released a highly anticipated set of guidelines Wednesday instructing member states how to differentiate between products produced within Israel’s 1967 borders and products made in the occupied Palestinian territories. Under pre-existing laws, European Union member states are required to label the origin of some products, including produce, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs and poultry. Labeling for other industrial products is voluntary. The new guidelines direct member countries to avoid labeling products as “made in Israel” if they are produced in the West Bank, Golan Heights or East Jerusalem.
The Israeli government, which has long sought to block the EU labeling guidelines, slammed the new policy as “cynical and baseless.”
“We regret that the EU has chosen, for political reasons, to take such an exceptional and discriminatory step, inspired by the boycott movement,
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