Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson has welcomed the news that the EU will seek to introduce mandatory labeling of settlement goods from the territories illegally occupied by Israel and urged that this initiative be adopted and implemented by the end of this year.

Martina Anderson said:

“Products which originate in the illegally occupied territories should not be allowed to be designated as Israeli products, permitting a sense of legitimacy. The settlements violate international laws and consumers should be informed if they are potentially buying something from the settled land wrongly taken from the Palestinian people.

“I also welcome the recent EU decision to no longer give funding to Israeli entities established on illegal settler land.”

“Although it has taken a long time for the EU to translate words into action on this issue, it’s undoubtedly a step in the right direction. The EU has now laid down requirements, due to be in place by early next year, whereby Israel must ensure that EU funds do not reach the settlements which are illegal under international law.

“There are currently 520,000 settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and last year alone 6600 new housing units for settlers were approved while 535 Palestinian owned structures were demolished.

“It is high time that the EU moves from a toothless ticking off of Israel to tough action which shows that its illegal actions against the Palestinian people will no longer be tolerated.”