The European Union is mulling over “a total ban” on the goods produced in the occupied Palestinian lands, a Greek Foreign Ministry official says.
The diplomat told a group of Israeli and Palestinian journalists in the Greek capital, Athens, on Friday that “EU nations were currently holding discussions on the issue” to impose a ban on all the goods produced in the occupied territories and labeled as “Made in Israel.”
According to multiple Israeli media reports, the Greek diplomat said that the move would be like an action South Africa adopted last month.
Reports say the EU Executive Commission would likely make a decision on the issue in October.
Last month, South Africa passed a law "requiring the labeling of goods or products emanating from IOTs (Israel Occupied Territories) to prevent consumers being led to believe that such goods come from Israel.”
“This is in line with South Africa’s stance that recognizes the 1948 borders delineated by the United Nations and does not recognize occupied territories beyond these borders” as being part of the Israeli regime, the South African government said in a statement.
In August, Canada’s largest Protestant church approved a similar measure to boycott goods produced in the occupied West Bank.
The United Church of Canada made the decision on August 15 and approved a policy paper two days later at its 41st general council meeting in the capital, Ottawa.
The move aims to show Tel Aviv that the church considers Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds as illegal, and wants the Israeli regime to stop settlement expansion on Palestinian lands.
Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN because those Palestinian territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967, and are hence seen as being subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
A number of industries have sprung up in the illegal Israeli settlements, with a range of products, including cosmetics, beverages and plastics.