Friday, February 28, 2020

( Member of Knesset Michael Oren (Kulanu) encouraged Israelis to “think twice” about purchasing French-made products following a decision by France’s government to label Israeli products originating from beyond the 1967 lines differently.

“France is labeling Israeli products from Judea, Samaria, and the Golan. Israelis should think twice before buying French products,” Oren wrote Sunday on Twitter.

The statement by Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S. and currently the deputy minister for diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office, came days after the French government directed businesses to not use “Made in Israel” labels for products from Israeli companies in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

Responding to Oren, French Ambassador to Israel Helene Le Gal wrote on Twitter, “So you are calling for boycotting French products, when in France boycotting Israel is punished by law?”

France’s decision comes about a year after the European Union issued a non-binding resolution recommending that its member states use labels distinguishing between Israeli products from within and beyond the 1967 lines.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it “condemns the French government’s decision to implement European Commission directives regarding Israeli products originating beyond the Green Line.”

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