Monday, July 27, 2015

EU labelling is bad for Israelis and Palestinians and double standards

Irwin Stelzer writes @ The Times

The Germans are angry with the Greeks for retiring at the age of 50 and counting on Germans to keep working until they are 65 so as to have enough cash to lend to Greece. The French are angry with the Germans for demanding such harsh and humiliating terms from the Greeks in return for a few billion more euros. The Greeks are angry with the Germans for once gain in effect telling them how to levy taxeds and to organise their economy.  Italy is angry with every other EU country for refusing to relieve it of the flood of refugees fleeing Africa.  Britain is angry with the entire EU for denying it the right to control its borders and snatching from it large portions of its soverignty.

On one thing they all, or almost all, agree: products made in "occuupied Palestinian land" must be labelled as such. Some 16 foreign ministers have written to Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, calling for action before year-end.  [...]

Britain, in the person of its prime minister, is leading the charge, ignoring the potential for mayhem it will created, helped along by France, which has forgotten the deli killings and which history suggests already has much to answer for when it come to its treatment of  Jews.  More.

Note: The letter was signed by the Foreign ministers of Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, the Netherlands.

In the meantime, the JPost reports that Italian PM Matteo Renzi "hailed ties between his country and Israel and railed against “stupid” boycotts in a speech to the Knesset Wednesday. Renzi described his personal excitement at visiting Jerusalem, calling it a “secular pilgrimage.”"

Federica Mogherini was Minister for Foreign Affairs in Mr. Renzi's government.

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