Israel Mocks Europe Labels for Settlement Products as 'Yellow Star'

Avigdor Liberman Compares Stamps to Nazi Tactic

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By JTA

Published April 17, 2015.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested stamping settlement goods with yellow stars to condemn demands for special labeling in Europe.

Liberman sarcastically suggested the move in an interview Friday with Israel Radio about a letter sent out earlier this week by foreign ministers of 16 of the European Union’s 28 member states, in which they asked E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to promote such labeling in store chains throughout Europe.

The ministers oppose the current labeling of goods from Israeli settlements as “Made in Israel,” claiming this violates consumers’ right to obtaining accurate information about products on sale.

“I have a suggestion for them on labeling,” Liberman said in the interview, conducted one day after Israel’s national Holocaust remembrance day. “They can … label all products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights with a yellow star. I think that is extremely fitting to the cynical and hypocritical position expressed in this letter.”

The E.U. letter’s cosignatories included the foreign ministers of Britain, Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, as well as from Sebastian Kurz, federal minister for Europe, integration and foreign affairs.

Germany wasn’t among the signatories.

A similar appeal from 2013 had the signatures of 13 E.U. member states. Italy and Hungary are among the countries whose foreign ministers joined the appeal this week.



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