EU - European Court Insists on Israeli Settlement Labeling

Arno Froese

Retailers must mark food made in Israeli settlements with special labels, the European Union’s highest court has ruled, in a decision that could affect products found on British shelves.

The ruling concludes a long-running case brought by Psagot, a winemaker based in a West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem, which was challenging labeling requirements in France.

“Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin,” the Luxembourg-based court said in a statement, adding that if it they came from a settlement, they must carry an “indication of that provenance.”

The West Bank and East Jerusalem were captured by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967, and the first settlements were established shortly afterwards.

Today nearly 700,000 Israelis live in both areas, amounting to nearly a tenth of Israel’s entire Jewish population.

The international community, including Britain, considers the territory to be occupied by Israel and opposes settlement construction.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin from the European Jewish Association said the policy was “purely discriminatory against the world’s only Jewish state” while the Lawfare Project, a pro-Israel legal think-tank, said it was an “embarrassing” ruling that codified religious discrimination.

“There is no reason for products produced by Muslims and Jews in the same geographic place to be labelled differently,” said Brooke Goldstein, the organization’s director.

“In fact, treating people differently because of their religion is the definition of bigotry and we know what happens when Europe goes down that track.”, 12 November 2019

Arno's commentary

The conflict is summarized by the simple statement of the European Union, and thereby the whole world: Israel has no right to Judea and Samaria, as well as all of Jerusalem. That’s one thing virtually all nations of the world are in agreement with. How this will affect Israel and the subdivisions they have built is yet unclear, but we know from the past that whenever Israel was put in a corner, it was to their advantage in the long run.

Here we must again and loudly emphasize, all nations of the world—particularly the ones on the new continent of America (North and South), as well as Australia and New Zealand and a number of other nations—have been established by the force of weapons. The European colonial powers came, they saw, they conquered, and subjected the native population to their demands, laws, customs, and justice system. But today, something has changed; when Israel conquers territory, through the shedding of the blood of its soldiers, they are not allowed to take possession of the land, because of so-called international law.

Regarding the Jews and the land of Israel, Zechariah 8:8 reads, “And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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