Thursday, December 10, 2009

WARNING: Jewish produce

According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, the UK has decided to single out Israeli manufactured products in the “West bank” so the consumers won’t accidentally by from Jews.

According to the article:

… according to guidelines put out by the department [British Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs], "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."

In addition, the guidelines said that "traders would be misleading consumers, and would therefore almost be certainly committing an offence, if they were to declare produce from the OPT (including from the West Bank) as 'Produce of Israel'.

In other words, their could be two farmers growing tomatoes in adjacent fields. One of them of Jewish decent, the other not Jewish, and importers are encouraged to label each product differently so that consumers can decide whether to buy from Jews or not.

How would the British react if all imports from Northern Ireland were labelled as “Catholic'” or “Protestant”?

There were times in history when it was acceptable to place distinguishing marks on Jewish businesses, books, or products. I had thought that this type of behaviour was no longer acceptable in Western Countries, I was clearly wrong.

1 comment:

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Times change, and in UK they change faster than usual, it looks like.