Customs administration of the USA have started to mark products manufactured in Judea and Samaria, announced Sunday, February 16, the Second channel ITV. According to published information, for the first time this information has been published by the American Jewish publication Forward.
According to the publication, the customs Department of the United States gave the order to proceed to the marking of goods produced in Judea and Samaria, making no distinction between businesses that are located in Arab localities and production in settlements. All goods are stamped West Bank (West Bank).
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro stated that this is existing practice for many years. «All the time is the marking of goods produced in the West Bank: the settlements or the Arab areas,» said Shapiro in an interview with the Second channel.
Anonymous U.S. sources referenced by the Second channel reported that «it is a technical change that corresponds to the order, issued 20 years ago on the marking of all goods from the West Bank». By those sources, «there was no interference from the state Department».
In turn, the representatives of the international legal Forum claim that it is about the decision that has political significance.
According to representatives of Forum, instructions American tax administration prescribe to put the West Bank mark only on goods produced in Arab localities in Judea and Samaria. Goods produced in settlements should be marked with Israel, and goods produced in the other regions of Israel.
Commenting on this information, the Deputy defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan («Bayt Yehudi») stated that «the U.S. is a close friend of Israel, but we have boundaries.» According to Deputy Minister of defense, «marks of the goods, meaning that delegitimize settlements in Judea and Samaria, unacceptable between friends». Eli Ben-Dahan added that he intends to speak on this subject with U.S. Ambassador in Israel.
From the office of the Prime Minister’s comment didn’t arrive.