Yesterday’s Yellow Star is today’s wine label. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has just made it easier for consumers to avoid purchasing Israeli-made goods.
EU's disgraceful labeling on 'Jewish Made Products' singles out Jews who live in communities where Europeans don’t think…
Their Nazi-like ruling (on a long-running case) last week is not a boycott. Not exactly, and not yet. But it means that products made by Israelis who live in the settlement beyond the Green Line will now be labeled as such.
As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated:
“This labeling singles out Jews who live in communities where Europeans don’t think they should be allowed to live and identifies them for boycotts. It is reminiscent of the darkest moments in Europe’s history.”
Tagging Jewish-made products has nothing to do with food safety or consumer health or even consumer choice, which are the main purposes of product labels. It has everything to do with the EU siding against Israel and undermining its national sovereignty in a very concrete way: By attacking them economically. But in a tidy, official way, of course.
According to Melissa Langsam Braunstein at The Federalist, the labels are “about ostracizing the world’s only Jewish nation and unilaterally redrawing Israel’s borders via economic pressure.”
The court’s decision was released on Nov. 12. Braunstein pointed out the chilling significance of that date, as per the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: On that date in 1938 – just two days after the end of Kristallnacht – “the Nazi government issued the Decree on the Elimination of the Jews from Economic Life. Banned from owning shops or selling any kind of good or service, most Jews lost their livelihoods entirely.”
The European Commission told Fox News that its intent is not to target Jews or to promote anti-Semitism.
“Any suggestion that indication of origin on products coming from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory or in the occupied Golan has anything to do with targeting Jews or anti-Semitism is unacceptable. The EU stands strongly and unequivocally against any form of anti-Semitism.”
Protest much? It sure seems like they’re on the defensive about it. I guess I’d be a little defensive if I got caught in this kind of blatant discrimination.
Still, the U.S. Department of State is “deeply concerned.” German parliament has denounced any ruling that promotes boycotts of Israel or actively support such a movement.
Israel’s foreign ministry rejected the decision via a statement:
“The ruling’s entire objective is to single out and apply a double standard against Israel. There are over 200 ongoing territorial disputes across the world, yet the ECJ has not rendered a single ruling related to the labeling of products originating from these territories. Today’s ruling is both political and discriminating against Israel.”
Foreign Minister Israel Katz also called the ruling “unacceptable both morally and in principle” and a “gravely flawed policy.”
And Eugene Kontorovich, director of the Center for International Law in the Middle East at George Mason University Scalia Law School, told The Federalist that the labels are “a new kind of Yellow Star on Jewish-made products.”
But maybe this despicable ruling will have an effect opposite of its intended outcome, at least in the United States. Maybe those of us who stand with Israel will buy every product of theirs that’s available…and send a big thank-you note to the EU for their helpful new labels.