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Norway to label products from Israeli settlements

Israel on Saturday condemned Norway’s decision to label products from Israeli settlements with their place of origin.

A statement from Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the position “will negatively affect bilateral relations between Israel and Norway, as well as Norway’s relevance in 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-democratic government announced its new policy on Friday, saying it was not enough to label products from the occupied territories as Israeli.

The measure mainly affects imports of wine, olive oil, fruit and vegetables, and will apply to products from the occupied West Bank “including East Jerusalem” and occupied areas of the Golan Heights, he said. clarified Oslo.

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Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt stressed in an interview with Norwegian news agency NTB that this in no way constitutes a boycott of Israel.

“Norway has good relations with Israel,” she added. “This must continue.”

The European Commission recommended its member states to follow this practice in 2015, a decision upheld by the European Court of Justice in 2019.

Norway said the principle behind its decision, as set out in the 2019 decision, is that consumers should not be misled by misleading labeling of origin or products.

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Under the Trump administration, the United States announced that goods made in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories could be labeled Israeli.

Settlements in the occupied territories are illegal under international law, but have continued under successive Israeli governments since 1967.

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