EU Answers Israel Boycott Charge

YERUSHALAYIM -

The European Union responded on Wednesday to charges of moving toward a discriminatory labeling policy against products from Yehudah and Shomron, claiming that it’s just a matter of protecting the consumer, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“This is a consumer protection issue first and foremost,” EU Ambassador to Israel Andrew Standley told reporters, denying that it would be what Israeli officials regard as tantamount to a boycott.

“Consumers should have the confidence that what they buy is correctly labeled, according to existing EU rules,” he said.

Earlier in the week European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor sent a letter to EU member states sharply criticizing the proposal and comparing it unfavorably to the EU’s failure to list Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.

“At no time, at no stage, has anyone called for [Yehudah and Shomron] products to be prohibited from entering the EU,” Standley said, explaining that such labeling would not require any new regulation, only implementation of existing rules.