Markell decries EU ruling on Israeli products

Friday, November 15, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Israel and EU symbolsCountries that are part of the European Union must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, an EU court has ruled.

A decision this week by the European Union's top court says that when products come from Israeli settlements, their labels must provide an "indication of that provenance" so that consumers can make "informed choices" when they shop.

Speaking about that legal ruling on American Family Radio, Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries called it  part of an ongoing effort to marginalize Israel.

"Keep in mind there really isn't ‘Palestinian land,’" Markell, a Messianic Jew, told the program. "The whole area began being settled by Israelis, Jews, in the late 1880s, culminating in 1948 independence. And there were certainly Arabs in the region and many of them worked with the Jewish people…”

According to The Associated Press, the European Union rejects Israeli settlement expansion, saying it undermines the hopes of a two-state solution by gobbling up lands claimed by the Palestinians.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)As for the Israeli government, it says the labeling is unfair and discriminatory.

Israel also pointed out that other countries in disputes over land are not similarly sanctioned.

Markell, a vocal defender of Israel, claimed on the program that the word “Palestinian” can be traced back to Yasser Arafat, the late PLO leader who died in 2004.

The opinion that Palestinians are "an invented people" is not new. Newt Gingrich caused a stir in 2011 when he claimed the same, and then-national security advisor John Bolton last year dismissed a lawsuit from the "so-called state of Palestine" over the Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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