Norway to label products from illegal Israeli settlements

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OSLO — Israel on Saturday condemned Norway’s decision to label products from illegal Israeli settlements.اضافة اعلان

A statement from Israel’s foreign ministry said the position “will adversely affect bilateral relations between Israel and Norway, as well as Norway’s relevance to promoting relations between Israel and the Palestinians,” in reference to Norway’s longstanding role as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Norway’s announced its new policy on Friday, saying it was not enough to label products coming from the occupied territories as Israeli. The measure mainly concerns imports of wine, olive oil, fruits, and vegetables, and will apply to products from the occupied West Bank “including East Jerusalem” and occupied areas of the Golan Heights.

Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt stressed in an interview with  NTB that this in no way constituted a boycott of Israel. “Norway has good relations with Israel,” she added. “That must continue.”

The European Commission recommended its member states follow this practice in 2015, a decision confirmed by the European Court of Justice in 2019. Norway said that the principle behind its decision, as set out in the 2019 ruling, is that consumers should not be deceived by misleading labelling on the origin or products.

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