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Israel slams Norway's move to label products from settlements

Lapid says decision - to label products manufactured outside of the pre-1967 borders, including the West Bank, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem - will 'adversely affect bilateral relations,' while Norwegian FM says good relations with Israel 'must continue' nonetheless

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Updated: 06.12.22, 15:00
Israel on Saturday condemned Norway's decision to label products from Israeli settlements with their place of origin.
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  • A statement from Israel's Foreign Ministry said the position "will adversely affect bilateral relations between Israel and Norway, as well as Norway's relevance to promoting relations between Israel and the Palestinians".
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    The ministry was referring to Norway's longstanding role as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    Norway's social democrat government announced its new policy on Friday, saying it was not enough to label products coming from the occupied territories as Israeli.
    The measure mainly concerns imports of wine, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, and will apply to products from the occupied West Bank "including East Jerusalem" and occupied areas of the Golan Heights, Oslo said.
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    Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt stressed in an interview with Norwegian news agency NTB that this in no way constituted a boycott of Israel.
    "Norway has good relations with Israel," she added. "That must continue."
    The European Commission recommended its member states follow this practice in 2015, a decision confirmed by the European Court of Justice in 2019.
    Norway said that the principle behind its decision, as set out in the 2019 ruling, is that consumers should not be deceived by misleading labelling on the origin or products.
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    An employee sorts wine bottles as he works at Tura Winery in Rehelim, an Israeli settlement in the occupied-West Bank
    An employee sorts wine bottles as he works at Tura Winery in Rehelim, an Israeli settlement in the occupied-West Bank
    An employee sorts wine bottles as he works at Tura Winery in Rehelim, an Israeli settlement in West Bank
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    During the Trump administration, the United States announced that goods made in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories could be labelled Israeli.
    The settlements in the territories are illegal under international law, but have continued under successive Israeli governments since 1967.
    First published: 13:50, 06.12.22
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