Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jew-hater: Obama approves of antisemitic EU labeling of Jewish products | Pamela Geller

Jew-hater: Obama approves of antisemitic EU labeling of Jewish products | Pamela Geller

Jew-hater: Obama approves of antisemitic EU labeling of Jewish products

ByPAMELA GELLER on November 12, 2015
Back in 2010, I meticulously documented Obama’s antisemitic proclivities and activities in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America. I warned that he would abandon and terrorize the Jewish state. Every day the radical in the White House proves me right. Raised in a Muslim country, schooled in quran and islamic teachings, Obama’s Jew-hatred was adopted at a very young age. It’s hard to break an old Islamophile of old habits, especially one who so enjoys his misery.
This boycott of Jewish products is no different from the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses. The irony, of course, is that Obama is making the declaration close to the anniversary of Kristallnacht.Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938.  Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (transcript of the on-camera statement):
“The labelling of products of the Jewish state by the European Union brings
back dark memories. Europe should be ashamed of itself. It took an immoral
decision. Of the hundreds of territorial conflicts around the world, it
chose to single out Israel and Israel alone, while it’s fighting with its
back against the wall against the wave of terror. The European Union is not
going to hurt the Israeli economy. It’s strong enough to weather this, but
it’s the Palestinian workers in Israeli enterprises in Judea and Samaria
that will be hurt. This will not advance peace; it will certainly not
advance truth and justice. It’s wrong. Europe should be ashamed of itself.”
These are “settlements.” These are Jewish towns in the Jewish state. These aren’t “settlers.” They’re Jews.
“Obama approves of EU labeling of Jewish products,” By Arutz Sheva, November 12, 2015 (thanks to Mark):
Obama administration says labeling ‘not a boycott,’ because ‘settlements aren’t part of Israel,’ and adds: ‘we label too.’
US President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday voiced its approval of the discriminatory EU decision the day before to label Jewish goods from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
The administration said the move is only a “technical guideline,” and is not a boycott, reports Associated Press – despite the obvious assumption that consumers would follow the labeling when choosing what products to buy.
US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said, “we do not believe that labeling the origin of products is equivalent to a boycott. And as you know, we do not consider settlements to be part of Israel. We do not view labeling the origin of products as being from the settlements as a boycott of Israel.”
Despite Toner’s words, an expert at NGO Monitor spoke to Arutz Sheva about the labeling on Wednesday, and revealed that the move is the first step in a planned total boycott of Israel based on the stated goals of the groups who brought about the labeling.
The US had been slightly vague before the decision by the EU, with Toner saying the US opposes boycotting Israel but that the EU’s position “shouldn’t come as a surprise” given Israel’s continued presence in its Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.
But on Thursday, Toner said, “we understand the objective is to provide EU consumers correct information on the origin of products, as required by EU law. The EU has made clear that measures are not a boycott, and the EU has also made very clear that they oppose boycotts against Israel. EU guidelines for products that are sold in EU countries are for the EU to determine.”
“These are technical guidelines delineating the origin of products. Consumers will then be aware of the origin of a product when purchasing it, as they are made aware for products across the globe,” he said.
Toner went further by saying the US similarly labels imports from Judea and Samaria, noting such products must be marked “products of the West Bank,” although there is no distinction between Jewish and Arab products as is the case with the EU.
Israel reacted by furiously pointing out the discriminatory nature of the EU labeling, with many noting that there are hundreds of territorial disputes around the globe which have not been targeted for labeling or boycotts by the EU, such as in Western Sahara, Tibet, and northern Cyprus.
Regarding the legal status of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, and consequentially of products from the region, the 2012 Levy Report proved that Israel’s presence is legal according to international law.
However, despite being commissioned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, two consecutive governments led by him have yet to adopt the findings of the report.
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