NETHERLANDS - Christians Rebuff Labeling Israeli Settlement Goods

Arno Froese

Christian Zionist importers of Israeli goods declined to comply with a government directive to apply special labeling for settlement products.

The exchange occurred between the van Oordt family, which runs the Israel Products Center and the Christians for Israel group in Nijkerk, near Amsterdam, and representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Roger van Oordt, director of the Christians for Israel group, wrote in a statement.

The officials requested to visit the store and urge van Oordt to apply the labels, as per regulations adopted in 2015 by the European Commission, which described the regulations as designed to give shoppers accurate information about product provenance.

“Labeling was created to ensure food safety but has become a political tool to pressure the Jewish state,” said van Oordt, whose outfit helps bring in 120,000 bottles of Israeli wine each year, as well as many tons of Dead Sea cosmetics and other merchandise.

“These are anti-Jewish regulations to me. They mean separating products made by Jews and Arabs,” he wrote.

The regulations are binding, but the European Commission and Dutch government have limited recourse against countries and businesses that don’t implement them.

-www.jta.org, 5 July 2019

Arno's commentary

The EU holds itself to the regulation adopted in 2015. They have determined that Israeli subdivisions such as those located in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem, are Israeli-occupied Arab territory.

Is this true? Absolutely not. Based on recorded history, one can determine that the borders of any sovereign nation have been extended or decreased depending on who was the victor in war. With these decisions by the European Union and the rest of the world, each and every nation on the face of the earth condemns itself for judging Israel’s actions, which they themselves have practiced. Here the words of the Lord apply: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again” (Matthew 7:1-2).

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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