The European Union plans to put warning labels on Jewish products made in Israel, according to the Jewish Press, [originally reported on the Washington Free Beacon]. It wasn’t enough that some in previous generations, who, before and after the Holocaust touted overt anti-Semitism, now Europe’s ruling class believe they are justified to espouse the same anti-Semitism via the boycott, divestment and sanction movement (BDS).
But don’t be surprised if the same people who call for BDS continue to use Israeli products and inventions they simply cannot live without, such as WhatsApp, or other Israeli inventions and discoveries.
The EU’s decision to mandate warning labels is likely to trigger American anti-boycott laws and cause a slew of litigation, according to the Washington Free Beacon after speaking with multiple sources.
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from “settlements” and “Israeli colonies.”
The Advocate General needs to read the Old Testament and perhaps understand the notion regarding the spoils of war, the standard held by every country on Earth, but which many countries want to deny the Jewish state.
If you defeat nearly a dozen countries hell-bent on destroying you in a full out war, the territory you held or gained is not an illegal “settlement” or “colony,” as the EU pretends it to be; it now belongs to the victorious nation. This has always been the case but seems a hard pill for the Middle East to swallow, even after starting armed conflict with Israel and being defeated.
Israel is being held by a totally different standard and is expected to hand over every inch of land they rightfully won back to terrorist gangs that want to eradicate them.
You know the drill: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Considering the geography involved between the river and the sea, there would be no Israel if the so-called Palestinians had their way.
Even more outrageous is that the Advocate General who made this decision also decided that products from the same area must be labeled as coming from “Palestine,” a name without a corresponding country.
This is pure anti-Zionist politics and simply a gift to anti-Semites advocating for the support of the BDS movement.
Labels that say products come from settlements and colonies are not required by any other country on the planet! This is why BDS is obviously anti-Semitic, seeking to apply barriers only to Israel, the only Jewish state on Earth, while never applying the same such barriers to far more malevolent countries such as Venezuela or Iran.
Violent anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe as massive migration from the Middle East floods the region. But that is only part of the story. Many Western Europe countries have extensive anti-Semitic histories and anti-Semitic sentiment seems to have lost its taboo nature.
France was the first country to mandate Israeli businesses label their products with obviously political messages. Sadly, this ultimately led to the current thinking by the EU, and is a reminder of what happened to pre-Holocaust Jewish businesses that were forced to post signs outside their establishments announcing they were Jews—a warning for anti-Semites to avoid them.
It’s sad and astonishing that this is happening again but it shows why Israel must remain a safe haven for the Jewish people and why it can never let down its guard.