EU Now Includes City in Pre-1967 Israeli Territory in ‘Forbidden Zone’ (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jacob Edelist 08/14/12)
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An EU directive will impose customs duty on products made in the
cities of Modiin and Maccabim-Reut, because they are built on what
was considered no-man´s land between 1949 and 1967. The directive
also applies to good produced in eastern Jerusalem, according to
As of Monday, the EU will no longer recognize products originating
beyond the "green line" – the armistice line of 1949 – as made in
Israel, and those products are now liable to customs duty.
Any company exporting goods from Israel to Europe must now declare
the location where the goods were manufactured, and if they originate
beyond the 1949 armistice line, they may not receive the benefits of
duty-free status under the 1995 EU-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
In addition to the two towns whose land has been part of Israel
proper throughout its existence, the EU directive will affect
companies operating in Ariel, Barkan, Emmanuel, Givat Zeev, Itamar,
Oranit, Shaarei Tikva, and Yitzhar in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,
and Alonei Bashan, Ein Zivan, Katzrin, Marom Hagolan, Majdel Shams,
and Neve Atid on the Golan Heights, which was legally annexed by the
Knesset on December 14, 1981.
Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute chairman Ramzi
Gabbay told Globes that there were few exports from Modiin and
Maccabim-Reut, but, "The government should make every effort to
remove this from the agenda to prevent creating a precedent."
The new EU directive could mean an end to the ability of many Israeli
made products to compete in the European market. But Arutz 7 quotes
some Israeli manufacturers in Judea and Samaria who are welcoming the
distinction between their region and 1948-1967 Israel, claiming that
the "made in the settlements" labels actually boost sales. (© 2012
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