Nod for non-Israeli labels

2012-08-22 12:37

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".

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-22 13:22

    While the country is falling to pieces such issues take priority with Cabinet...Sigh !

      charlvd - 2012-08-22 13:58

      I'm pretty sure every little thing helps. And the nature of this thing means it does not subtract from any other efforts.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-08-22 20:45

      @patrick, yes let us hope we stop importing all the vital agricultural, medical technology on which we are all dependent on.

  • JohanCduToit - 2012-08-22 13:35

    Great news! This makes me proud to be a South African.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-08-22 13:45

    So there's going to be a sticker on my Hummus? Wow, Israel is probably reviewing their forgein policies as we speak, I mean with nobody buying their Hummus, their economy is sure to collapse.

      ianon.ym - 2012-08-22 15:41


  • Frederick Mintah - 2012-08-22 13:53

    South Africans should be problem to b labeled as South Africans!! I love this country for such boldness!!!!

  • raven.sqarr - 2012-08-22 14:42

    Will they also be so kind as to label all the other produce "From Israel/ Not Palistinian" so i know what to buy.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-08-22 14:47

    It might be a good idea to make sure Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt also put labels on their products made by Palestinians living and producing goods there. The human rights abuses of these Palestinians in some cases makes Israel's treatment of these people pale into insignificance. Let's get the balance right!

  • daniel.kagan.9 - 2012-08-22 15:07

    With a foreign policy as chaotic and shambolic as ours one has to wonder how much thought went into such a punitive measure that will not achieve anything. Where are the South African delegations encouraging dialogue between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The same type of dialogue that we experienced first hand and allowed the birth of our very troubled but still beautiful country.

  • melissa.weavind - 2012-08-22 15:36

    I would like my products to say "Made in China rhino and elephant killers", "Made in Vietnam rhino and elephant killers, abusers of all wildlife and animals", "Made in UAE no democracy and women have no rights". List is endless. Now back to the important issue of renaming the streets.

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