EU: City of Modiin Not Part of Israel (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 08/14/12)
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The European Union has decided that the city of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut
(Modiin) is not a part of Israel. The city was built on what was no-
man’s land after the 1948 War of Independence, and therefore will not
be considered Israel proper, EU officials said.
The decision was made as part of an EU initiative to decide which
Israeli products will benefit from tax breaks under a 1995 agreement.
Israeli and EU officials reached an understanding years ago according
to which items produced in areas settled by Israel after 1967 will
not enjoy tax breaks despite the 1995 deal. According to the
understanding, Israeli exporters label their products with the place
of production, and EU officials decide whether the location is
considered “territories” or “Israel.”
Modiin is located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and has a
population of roughly 80,000. Products from the city were previously
marked “Israel” along with items produced west of the 1948 armistice
Ancient Modiin was the home of the Maccabees, who led a revolt
against Greek rule nearly 2,000 years ago. The city later became the
seat of Jewish leadership in the land of Israel for over a century.
The EU also does not recognize the Golan region or eastern Jerusalem
as “Israel,” despite the fact that both were annexed decades ago and
their residents given Israeli residency.
Some Israeli manufacturers in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) have
welcomed the distinction made between their region and those areas
within Israel´s 1948-1967 borders, saying "made in the settlements"
labels boost sales. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/14/12)
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