Many EU imports from Israel are labelled "Made in Israel" even though they originate from areas that are merely occupied by Israel. New transparency rules could change that....
Until now, the EU only requires fruits and vegetables from the occupied areas to be labelled accordingly - a rule that doesn't apply for other agricultural or commercial goods. As a consequence, any other products - from cookies to furniture - may say "Made in Israel", but in fact may come from Israeli settlements within the West Bank or East Jerusalem - settlements which many countries and the UN consider to be illegal...Authorities in Finland are debating special labels for all goods that are produced in Israeli settlements - perhaps then reading "Golan Heights, Israeli settlement area." In May, South Africa and Denmark had announced similar steps; already in 2009, Britain had issued a recommendation for UK retailers to put unambiguous labels on the products in question.
...according to Ralf Hexel, the Tel Aviv bureau chief of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation which is affiliated with Germany's social democratic party..."...there are Palestinians who work in companies that are based within Israeli settlements. Those people often think less of the political consequences, but rather of how to keep their jobs." On both the Palestinian and the Israeli side, he said, there are conflicts of interest...
Why not label the produce as "Made in the Holy Land"?
Of course, Jordan may have a problem with that as they refer to themselves also as the Holy Land.
Maybe they are also part of Palestine?
Think of the possibilities: our bread could be called "Holy Rollers". Our wine - "Holy High".