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South Africa wants 'Made in Palestinian Territories' labels instead of Israel

In a move that would infuriate Israel, South Africa says it intends to require "Made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" labels on products coming out from Jewish settlements in place of "Made in Israel" labels

AFP , Sunday 20 May 2012
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Palestinians participate in a rally marking the 64th anniversary of "Nakba", Arabic for catastrophe, the term used to mark the events leading to Israel's founding in 1948, in the West Bank city of Ramallah(Photo : AP)
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South Africa is planning to require "Made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" labels on products from Jewish settlements in place of "Made in Israel" labels, the trade ministry said on Saturday.

The move prompted a furious response from Israel's foreign ministry which described it as "racist".

"For now, there is no decision but people should know that South Africa recognises Israel inside the 1948 UN borders," Macdonald Netshitenzhe, the trade ministry's director for trade policies and legislations, told AFP.

"Now coming to the issue of Palestine and Israel, a product from Israel has to be manufactured or produced within the borders of 1948," he said.

Any territories taken over by Israel in the wake of the war which accompanied its independence in 1948 -- such as the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which were occupied in 1967 -- would not be included in that definition.

"Therefore, for the goods or vegetables which are grown in the area where Israel invaded other Arab countries, South Africa says, you better say these products are grown in Palestine or Occupied Palestinian Territories," Netshitenzhe added.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday the move was aimed at helping "South Africans who do not support Israel, but who in fact do support the Palestinians, to identify those products."

"This doesn't, however, mean any kind of boycott of Israeli products," he said, in remarks quoted by South African news agency SAPA.

Israel's foreign ministry reacted angrily to the news, with spokesman Yigal Palmor telling AFP that South Africa's ambassador to Israel would be summoned for an explanation in the coming days.

"This is not a political objection to settlements, rather the act of singling out a state by a special marking system based on national-political criteria. Therefore, it is by essence a racist move," Palmor said.

"It is shocking to think that South Africa, of all countries, would display such callousness, and is blindly marching down the slippery slope of racism."

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busang
23-05-2012 11:07am
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Israel's foreign affairs minister's comments are odd given that the Jewish state had no qualms about maintaining relations with neo-nazi apartheid south africa. And by neo-nazi i mean people who actually fought alongside the nazis in WWII.
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mark
20-05-2012 03:19pm
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I am South African. Shame on those in the South African government who did this. It has been said: blessed are those who bless Israel, and cursed are those who curse Israel. Terrible, terrible shame. To let you know, this is the real ANC goverment. A true shame! they claim to be the victims, but they are a subtle dictator in the making. And then they claim not to be at the fore-frunt of anti-racism, and of having probably the most liberal consitution in the world! It's one thing to make a declaration, and another to practice it! Total double standards. I am ashamed to be a part of this country (for these reasons). We should petition this. What would Sol Kerzner (Jewish owner of hotels), say about this? What would Helen Zille (leader of the official opposition) have to say about this? Others who may (and may have been offended) include: Hilda Bernstein, Lionel Bernstein, Harry Bloom, Tony Leon, Albie Sachs, Selma Browde, Jules Browde, Aurthur Clarkson, Harold Wolpe, to name but a few? I
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