The lame-duck British Government can’t get crushed out of existence fast enough.
Israeli officials reacted angrily Thursday night to a British decision to advise retailers and importers to use labels to distinguish between West Bank produce being grown in the settlements or by Palestinians. One official charged that Britain was singling out Israel and encouraging a boycott.
According to a statement released by the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, “Importers, retailers, NGOs and consumers have asked the government for clarity over the precise origin of products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs).
“The label ‘West Bank’ does not allow consumers to distinguish between goods originating from Palestinian producers and goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements.”
Therefore, according to guidelines put out by the department, “Traders and retailers may wish to indicate whether the product originated from an Israeli settlement or from Palestinian producers. This could take the form, for example, of ‘Produce of the West Bank (Israeli settlement produce)’ or ‘Produce of the West Bank (Palestinian produce)’, as appropriate.“
Of all nations in the world, the country formerly led by Winston Churchill against the Nazis should know better than this.
In case you missed the meaning of the above, the British government is going to distinguish between Jewish produce and Palestinian produce coming from the Middle East. It’s the same produce, grown in essentially the same dirt, by people who differ mostly in political views — and those political views are leading to a boycott of a specific race of people.
I’ll say it more simply: This enables and encourages racism in Britain. Against Jews.
I feel physically ill.