‘Anti-Israel boycotts violate international trade laws’

A group of foreign lawmakers visiting Israel announced Wednesday that its members plan to pursue a bill stating that boycotts against products manufactured in Judea and Samaria communities are in violation of international trade and commerce laws.

Speaking with reporters at the Binyamin Regional Council’s industrial park, the delegation, comprising 22 parliamentarians from the European Union, Africa, and Central and South America, stated its members adamantly oppose the EU’s decision to label settlement-made products, and that they plan to pursue measures to counter it.

The MPs further stated they were opposed to any form of economic sanctions that may be imposed on Israel by European countries, and that they support Judea and Samaria communities’ business ventures.

“I’m proud to be here and to see the collaboration between Arabs and Jews in Binyamin,” European Parliament representative Bas Belder from the Netherlands said, adding the delegation “will stand steadfast against any boycott of Israeli products.”

Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel said, “Those who promote boycotts against Israel only escalate the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict, because they fail to understand that real peace begins with economic peace.”

Avi Roeh, head of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, said “reality is stronger than all those who are trying to undermine Israel.”