Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter added to his anti-Israel record this week by urging the European Union to impose a requirement that products from Yehudah and Shomron be labeled as such, according to a report in the Irish Times.
Israel rejects such labeling proposals as discriminatory, singling out Israel when governments with outrageous human rights violations are not similarly targeted.
“The EU has repeatedly condemned [Israeli] expansion in [Yehudah and Shomron],” Carter was quoted as saying, “it could therefore introduce a clear labeling of products made in Israeli [communities]…”
Carter’s comments came while visiting Dublin in the company of a group called the “Elders,” a private of group of world leaders.
He was backed on the labeling by a fellow “Elder,” former Ireland president Mary Robinson. However, Robinson added that the move is not meant as an attack on Israel, but rather an effort to revive a stagnant peace process, according to the Times.
“People throughout Europe, in their capacity as consumers, have the power to reignite hope in the Middle East,” she said. “As Israel’s largest trading partner, the EU could send a strong signal by introducing clear, EU-wide labeling guidelines.”