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EU Move to Label Food From Israeli-Occupied Lands Step in 'Right Direction'

© AFP 2022 / JALAA MAREYIsraeli troops patrol the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on January 18, 2015. An Israeli helicopter carried out a strike today against "terrorists" in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights who were allegedly preparing an attack on Israel, an Israeli security source said.
Israeli troops patrol the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on January 18, 2015. An Israeli helicopter carried out a strike today against terrorists in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights who were allegedly preparing an attack on Israel, an Israeli security source said. - Sputnik International
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The EU move to label foods produced in Israeli-occupied territories is a small step in the right direction, the head of European Middle East Project (EUMEP) NGO told Sputnik on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, the European Commission approved a motion to introduce obligatory labeling on foods made in Israeli-occupied territories. Foods produced there will not be marked as "Made in Israel," but will carry a different label.

"The labelling guidelines are a small and overdue step in the right direction. The EU and its member states should take further measures to differentiate between Israel and the illegal settlements. This is the most practical way for the EU to help preserve the possibility of a two-state solution," Martin Konecny said.

Palestinian protestors walk with their national flag during a demonstration on a hill in the West Bank village of Bilin in front of the Israeli settlement of Modiin Illit (background) on February 27, 2015 - Sputnik International
Palestine Praises EU Over Decision to Label Food From Israel-Occupied Lands
The Palestinian leadership has praised the move, while the Israeli authorities have called it hypocritical and anti-Jewish.

Israel seized Syria’s Golan Heights region and Palestinian territories of East Jerusalem, West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel has continued to build settlements in the occupied territories, prompting condemnation from the United Nations.

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