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EU parliamentarians call for ban on Israeli settlement products

Mona Kandil

Press TV, Ramallah

A new report says at least 40 European Parliament's lawmakers from 14 member states signed a petition demanding that products from Israeli settlements be banned by the bloc.

According to Palestine embassy in Brussel, the petition calls for the application of European law and the World Trade Organization law to prevent Israeli settlements' products from entering into the EU’s markets.

BDS, anti-Israel movement promoting boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel praised the move and hoped for further measures against the occupying regime. Many European Union nations decided to only label imported Israeli products that are produced in settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and in the Golan Heights.

Palestinian experts say barring goods produced in illegal settlements from entering into the EU markets will serve as a heavy blow to Israel mainly because settlement goods are exported directly to European markets.

Boycotting of Israeli products around the world has been growing rapidly in recent years and caused heavy losses to Israeli companies. Thousands of volunteers, trade unions, NGOs, academic and business societies, as well as cultural figures worldwide have joined the boycott campaign to help promote the Palestinian cause.

Most European countries do not deal with settlement products in the same way as Israeli products. They do not label them as being produced in Israel. But the most important for the Palestinians would be when the EU prohibits import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating from illegal Israeli settlements.

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