Hundreds March in South Africa Against Yesha Labeling (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/30/12)
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Several hundreds of people staged a protest march in Pretoria, South
Africa, on Thursday against South Africa´s plans to label products
made in Judea and Samaria as “Made in the Palestinian Territories.”
Around 300 members of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
and the Inkatha Freedom party marched peacefully and handed over a
petition against the labeling to the Ministry of Trade and Industry,
spokesman Sidwell Medupe told AFP.
Last month, Minister Rob Davies issued an announcement warning
merchants “not to incorrectly label products that originate from the
Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as products of Israel.”
He later rejected “with utter contempt” suggestions that there were
racial motivations for his move, saying his department was neither
seeking to promote a boycott of Israeli goods nor to prevent the
entry of such products into South Africa.
Davies asserted, however, that the move was aimed at ensuring that
products were correctly labeled so that South African consumers could
decide for themselves as to whether they wanted to purchase them.
Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the ACDP, has argued that "the
South African government must not involve itself in the political
agenda of organizations and anti-Israeli lobbies," AFP reported.
Meshoe has also said that the decision is misleading and baseless,
since the world does not recognize a country called the “Occupied
Israel’s former ambassador to South Africa, Alon Liel, said this week
that he backs a boycott of goods made in Judea and Samaria.
Liel wrote this week in the South African Business Today, “I buy
Israeli products every day and do my best not to buy Israeli products
from the occupied territories.”
He added, “I cannot condemn the move to prevent goods made in the
occupied Palestinian territory from being falsely classified as ‘Made
in Israel.’ I support the South African government’s insistence on
this distinction between Israel and its occupation.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/30/12)
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