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Swiss chain to label settlement products

Migros supermarket chain says it doesn't support boycott calls by pro-Palestinian groups, but wants to let customers decide which products they want to buy

One of Switzerland's biggest supermarket chains says it plans to tell its customers if products have come from Jewish settlement areas in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.


Migros says it wants to offer customers greater transparency because the Swiss government and the United Nations consider the settlements to be illegal under international law.


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Spokeswoman Monika Weibel said Tuesday that Migros doesn't support boycott calls by pro-Palestinian groups but does want to let customers decide which products they want to buy.


She says the chain previously identified the products only as coming from Israel.


The move comes after the South African government recently announced that it intends to ban local importers from selling products from West Bank settlements with a label indicating that they were made in Israel.


The decision came after a one year-long campaign launched by Palestinian organizations and South African human rights groups.


While South Africa is not banning the sale of products from settlements, the decision will oblige merchants to apply a special label noting that the product originates from beyond the Green Line. 


South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies issued a notice saying the new directive would ensure that South African importers do not to "incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory as products of Israel."





פרסום ראשון: 05.29.12, 20:02
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