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EU must boycott Israeli products: Commentator

Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 5, 2015, calling to boycott Israeli products coming from Jewish settlements. (AFP photo)

Press TV has interviewed Richard Forer, an author and political commentator, in Denver to discuss the European Union’s move, forcing Tel Aviv to label products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The following is a full transcription of the interview.

Press TV: How do you feel about this move on the part of the EU?

Forer: Well, I think it is a good move on the part of the EU although quite frankly I think there should be a European Union boycott against the entire state of Israel. It is the state of Israel that is stealing more and more land daily from the Palestinians. It is the state Israel that keeps building more and more settlements, expanding settlements, kicking Palestinians out of their homes and allowing settlers to do all kinds of immoral actions against the Palestinians including burning their homes, burning people, burning their crops. The state of Israel allows this to happen with impunity.

So I think that the least the European Union could do is to boycott the settlements products because the settlements as the EU itself knows are illegal under international law, even the United States has acknowledged that.

Press TV: What consequences will there be because of this EU move? Will Israel change its policies?

Forer: No, I do not think Israel will change its policies because Israel is not capable of acknowledging that it does anything immoral, unethical, illegal, and illegal under international law. Israel is the classic case of the victim mentality. The government of Israel, the society of Israel, the Zionist ideology cultivates victim mentality.

So when you have a victim mentality, everything you do is simply to defend yourself against aggressors and perpetrators. There is no consciousness amongst the Israeli government that they are doing anything wrong. They do not even think that they are doing anything wrong when they kill innocent Palestinians. This is how twisted the mind can become when it meditates on a mentality that is so divisive and polarizing and also false. 

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