British Legal Professor Fuels Boycott Movement (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/09/12)
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A British law professor gives a shot in the arm to the European anti-
Israel boycott movement, which he says has the right to ban trade
Cambridge University’s Prof. James Crawford, a leading international
counsel, challenges opinions that countries would be violating trade
laws by banning imports of products made in Jewish communities in
Judea and Samaria.
“There do not appear to be any EC [European Commission] laws which
could be breached by a member state taking the decision to ban the
import of settlement produce on public policy grounds,” according to
the report, published by the London Independent on Monday.
The newspaper revealed that senior members of European Union
countries have seen the report over the past several months.
Prof. Crawford based his conclusions in part on the EU´s Association
Agreement with Israel, which stipulates that the agreement "shall be
based on respect for human rights and democratic principles." His
logic is based on his and others´ conclusion that “as a matter of
international law, the West Bank and Gaza cannot be considered to be
A former Israel High Court justice and two other legal experts last
week issued a report stating exactly the opposite and that Israelis
have a legal right under international law to live in Judea and
Samaria. The authors of the report pointed out that Israel
never “occupied” the territory because it was never under the legal
sovereignty of Jordan, which in effect was an “occupier.”
The European Trade Union Congress has encouraged the British policy
to prohibit “Made in Israel” from appearing on labels of goods from
Judea and Samaria because they are made in “occupied Palestine
territory.” The Trade Union Congress will publish Crawford´s report
next week, the Independent said.
Denmark, Sweden and South Africa may follow Britain, while Ireland
has proposed a total ban on goods from Jewish communities in Judea
Prof, Crawford also said that countries buying Jewish goods from
Judea and Samaria could be liable to penalties, but he rejected
arguments that EU countries are legally required to enforce the
discrimination against Jewish-made goods and products.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/09/12)
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