The United States has told Israel to stop labeling items as ‘made in Israel’ when they originate from the West Bank.
US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, has taken seriously the issue of Israel’s mislabeling.
“US Customs and Border Protection reissued guidance on their marking requirements,” he told reporters in Washington, DC. “It in no way supersedes prior rulings or regulations.”
“And nor does it impose additional requirements with respect to merchandise imported from the West Bank, Gaza Strip or Israel,” he added.
“Our understanding is that there were allegations of mislabeling, around nine or ten complaints,” Toner said.
The European Union also adopted this approach officially in November 2015 in which the Palestine Liberation Organization welcomed.
The European Union recently acted to prevent such violations by Israel. The European Commission in November last year adopted new guidelines on labeling of products from the settlements illegally constructed by Israel on the occupied Palestinian territories.
PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat referred to the decision as a “significant move toward a total boycott of Israeli settlements, which are built illegally on occupied Palestinian lands.”
The Israeli Foreign Ministry called the labeling “a politically motivated and unusual and discriminatory step, that [the European Union] learned from the world of boycotts,” referring to the international movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, known as BDS.
The United Nations and the United States deem the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal. However, neither have taken any serious steps in stopping these illegal acts.