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    • melekhshaul
    • 30.10.12 | 12:16 (IST)

    I have promoted boycott of settlement produce since the government of the almost late Ariel Sharon signed a deal with the EU negotiated by then Trade and Industry Minister Olmert, to label settlement produce, and Sharon said any settlement facing EU penalties for not labelling would be bailed out by the government. The argument on the illegality of the settlements is well worn and future attempts by a Netanyahu lead government to resolve that by ;legalizing settlements - effectively annexing the West Bank by legislation, will not change that illegal status in the eyes of international law. The vast majority of the settlements exist on someone else's land, usually on land that was expropriated, Boycotting produce from them should send a message to Israelis inside the Green Line that "it's the settlements stupid." BUT amongst the list of the NGOs demanding this current boycott are organisations who practise Israel-denial. One of those, the Quakers, are discriminatory about what message they want their Ecumencial Accompaniers to project, rejecting briefings from moderate pro-Israel pro-Peace advocates as well as spokesmen from the PA. In July the Quakers gained support for their Accompaniers programme from the Anglican Church. In many respects the government of Israel has earned for the country deep international unpopularity, but Israel-denial by those with ostensibly good Christian morals and motives is not the way to convince Israelis to act to change their government's policies on the occupation. Indeed this will only bolster Israeli isolationism.

    from the article: NGOs urge European states to cut trade with Israeli settlements
    First published 10:04 30.10.12 | Last updated 00:58 30.10.12
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