European FMs urge policy chief: Label West Bank settlement products.
Sixteen out of 28 foreign ministers – including France and Britain – sign letter saying that Europeans must not be ‘misled by false information,’ and must be aware if the origin of goods is from over the Green Line.
The letter obtained by Haaretz (included below) is signed by the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Germany is the only one of the five big European states not to sign on to the letter.
The ministers argue that such labeling of settlement goods is necessary to prevent consumers from bring “misled by false information.”
“European consumers must indeed have confidence in knowing the origin of goods they are purchasing,” the ministers write. “Green Line Israel and Palestinian producers will benefit from this.”