Skip to comments.EU Court on Brink of Mandating Anti-Semitic Product Labeling
Posted on 08/14/2019 4:45:45 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s
Pope Francis said recently that he was concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934. He was talking about the rise of extreme nationalism and populism, which he feared could lead to the fragmentation of the European Union. The pope should be worried about any current resemblances in Europe to the Nazi past, but the popes praise of the European Union as an antidote is premature. Indeed, the European Union itself is on the verge of reviving the Nazis stigmatization of Jewish-made products on the pretext that they come from occupied Palestinian territories.
According to sources cited by the Washington Beacon, The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, which is seen by Jews as an ominous warning sign that they say is reminiscent of Holocaust-era boycotts of Jewish businesses. The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued a non-binding opinion to the effect that EU law requires the labeling of such products as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies." He analogized this situation to the European boycott of South African goods during its apartheid period. "The absence of the indication of the country of origin or place of provenance of a product originating in a territory occupied by Israel and, in any event, a settlement colony, might mislead the consumer as to the true country of origin or place of provenance of the food," the Advocate General said, referring to food products. Israeli occupation and settlements could be an objective factor which might affect the expectations of the reasonable consumer, he added.
Brooke Goldstein, a human rights lawyer and executive director of the Lawfare Project who has fought the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in various courts, remarked, "The Advocate General's opinion said that goods produced by Muslims are to be labeled from Palestine,' and goods produced by Jews labeled as coming from Israeli colonies. Both people are living in the same geographic location, and yet Jewish goods are being treated differently."
Discrimination on the basis of religion is a transgression of basic human rights that violates Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The EU Court of Justices 15 judge panel is expected to issue a binding ruling mirroring the Advocate Generals opinion. If it does so, the EU court would be handing the BDS movement a major win against Israeli Jews by codifying blatant discrimination against Israeli Jewish businesses.
Consider how differently the European Union treats Turkish settlements in northern Cyprus. There are currently about 115,000 Turkish settlers and 35,000 Turkish occupation troops in northern Cyprus according to the internationally recognized government of the Republic of Cyprus. Despite Turkeys invasion and military occupation of northern Cyprus, and the forced dislocation of tens of thousands of Greek Cypriots from their homes as Turkish settlers moved in, the European Union has allocated funds to developing and restructuring the Turkish-occupied northern Cypruss infrastructure. Germany, Denmark, and other European Union member countries import Halloumi cheese, a major product from Cyprus that may soon receive a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union covering Cyprus as a whole. There appears to be no initiative to require further labeling of Halloumi cheese produced by Turkish settlers in northern Cyprus as coming from settlements or Turkish colonies.
On April 1, 1933, a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses broke out across Germany as the SS stood in front of such businesses to inform the public that Jews were the proprietors. The word Jude was smeared on store windows and the Star of David image was painted on doors to serve as anti-Jewish labels. Discriminatory laws singling out Jews followed in succession, codifying Nazi anti-Semitism. The infamous Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," occurred on November 9, 1938, followed by the transfer of Jewish-owned businesses to so-called "Aryans." Germany descended from there to the Final Solution of the Holocaust.
Germany officially professes to remember this dark time in its history with deep regret. Last May, Germanys legislature declared the BDS movement to be anti-Semitic in a resolution co-sponsored by German Chancellor Angela Merkels Christian-Democratic Union Party, the Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party. The resolution stated that "all-encompassing calls for boycotts in their radical nature lead to the stigmatization of Israeli citizens and citizens of Jewish faith as a whole. This is unacceptable and worthy of the sharpest condemnation." The resolution added, The BDS movements Dont Buy stickers on Israeli products inevitably awake associations with the Nazi slogan Dont Buy from Jews! and similar scrawls on facades and shop windows.
At the same time, however, anti-Semitism is sadly on the rise in Germany as well as elsewhere in Europe. Reported cases of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany increased by nearly 20 percent last year. Attacks against German Jews have come from both right wing and Islamist extremists living in Germany. The spread of Islamist anti-Semitism in Germany has become an increasing problem in recent years as Muslim immigrants from the terrorist-prone Middle East swarmed into Germany. As the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported, for example, the annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin has become an occasion for participants to invoke anti-Semitic stereotypes linked to their gripes against the Jewish state of Israel and to call for the killing of Israelis. Last June, a witness testified during a murder trial that a Palestinian accused of killing a German man said he had done so because he thought his victim was a rich Jew whose people destroyed my homeland.
If the European Union Court of Justice follows its Advocate Generals recommendation, as expected, it will be seen as legitimizing anti-Semitism in Europe. The court will provide one more instrument of lawfare as a weapon of war for the Palestinians and their allies to use against Israeli Jews.
What are they going to require? A yellow Star of David or something?
The majority of students at the two universities where I worked before retiring in 2017 were enthusiastically anti-Jewish. They showed excitement about doing something “good” (like one of us giving to charity) when they attended anti-Israel campus rallies and tried to get the presidents to agree (they didn’t). They wanted endowment funds to be withdrawn from investment that ended up for Israeli companies.
Note about the supposed harsh tyranny of Israel vs. her neighbors:
The total area of the Arab countries is 11,352,502 km and their total population is 345.7 million .
By comparison, Israel has an area of 20,770 km and a population of 8.7 million as of 2016.
Israels area is about 0.18% that of the Arab countries, and its population is about 2.5% that of the Arab countries.
the Fourth Reich is so very very close to be OPENLY Proclaimed
EU has to be disbanded or else France, UK, Italy, and the rest of the nations are all lost.
it is very late in the day, too
France and the UK are toast. There is no coming back for either. Ditto for most of western Europe.
I don’t follow Italy that closely, but I am encouraged by the government’s apparent resistance to the EU demands that they allow their country to be overrun by Muslim barbarians. I hope Italy has not become as anti Semitic as the UK and western Europe. I don’t know what sort of Jewish population it has.
it has a small Jewish population,maybe 50,000 or so... most having been murdered over the centuries (tho, the Jews were in Rome before there were any Christians or Muslims on earth).
i do not know if there’s still time for Italy to reverse the Muslim invasion but it does appear that the government is now trying to do something about it... hopefully it will work!
I heard about this on Sekolow show yesterday. You know Tlaib and Omar are thrilled.
EU is the “moderate” side of Nazism/Hitler’s agenda.
Old Nazis never die. They just rename themselves.
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