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Christians to address the EU Parliament on the harmful EU labelling laws

Politicized regulations undermine economic co-existence and harm hard-working Palestinians says Christian Embassy ahead of Brussels Symposium.

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23 Nov 2015
Christians to address the EU Parliament on the harmful EU labelling laws

The head of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) expressed grave concerns about the EU’s directive demanding that all products from disputed Israeli territories be labelled, a move that he said would “undermine economic co-existence” between Palestinians and Israelis and “harm those working towards peace.”

For this reason the ICEJ is holding a symposium on the labelling law in Brussels on the 2nd of December in cooperation with MEPs and representatives from dozens of ICEJ branches throughout Europe. It will call upon members of the European Parliament to take a different approach in finding a solution between the conflict parties and to foster economic co-operation, stability and peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the area.

“This labelling law will only divide Israelis and Palestinians further,” said ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler ahead of an ICEJ-sponsored symposium on the labelling law due to take place in the European Parliament in Brussels in early December. “Co-existence is better achieved by establishing factories and business partnerships in areas where Palestinians and Israelis live side-by-side.”

“This highly-politicized directive will only end up hurting those it claims to help,” Bühler continued. “All the evidence indicates that the businesses being targeted employ tens of thousands of Palestinians and contribute to the well-being of all those living in the affected areas, both Jews and Arabs alike.”

“What’s more, it’s a one-sided law that unjustly singles out Israel and violates the rules of World Trade Organization. Why is the EU unwilling to issue similar directives for goods originating in northern Cyprus or the Western Sahara, territories illegally occupied by Turkey and Morocco? It’s a double-standard,” declared German-born Bühler, “which reminds many Israelis of the discriminatory laws passed in Germany in the 1930s.”

"If the EU really wants to promote peace they should stop penalizing those Israelis and Palestinians who are working together to make a living. Instead, they should provide greater incentives for them to forge deeper bonds of co-operation, without using labelling laws which could further the anti-Israeli propaganda that is sweeping Europe.”

The symposium in Brussels will be hosted by Hannu Takkula, a Finnish politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Centre Party of Finland, and Bastiaan (Bas) Belder, a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament with the SGP, who is also part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Jürgen Bühler, ICEJ Executive Director, will be one of the main speakers at the symposium. The International Christian Embassy (ICEJ) represents millions of Christians, churches and denominations, seeking to demonstrate friendship to Israel and to be a reconciling influence between Jews, Christians and Arabs. Headquartered in Jerusalem the work of the ICEJ reaches some 140 countries with branch offices in over 80 nations.


Beyond Labels: The Economic Wall of the EU Labelling Law

A Symposium 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 10:00-12:00 

European Parliament, Room P7C050


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