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Nod for non-Israeli labels

Aug 22 2012 12:37 AFP

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Cape Town - South Africa's cabinet on Wednesday said it had approved the placing of Occupied Palestinian Territory labels on imported goods from Jewish settlements.

The trade minister was given the nod to issue a notice requiring that products are marked so that buyers knew their origin was not Israel, spokesperson Jimmy Manyi told a press briefing.

"This is in line with South Africa's stance that recognises the 1948 borders delineated by the United Nations and does not recognise occupied territories beyond these borders as being part of the state of Israel," he said.

The plan has met protests in South Africa and been slammed by Israel's foreign ministry.

South Africa says its backing of Palestine stems from its own history of apartheid, oppression and rights abuses.

Deputy foreign minister Ebrahim Ebrahim recently expressed "concern by high profile and government institutions visits to Israel as it gives legitimacy to Israel occupation of Palestine land".

The trade ministry in May invited public comments on the labels, saying traders must put the tags on so consumers are "not be misled".

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