(JNS.org) After months of heated debate, the South African cabinet banned the use of “Made in Israel” labels for goods originating in West Bank Jewish communities. Instead, products will be labeled as coming from “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
“This is in line with South Africa’s stance that recognizes the 1948 borders delineated by the United Nations and does not recognize occupied territories beyond these borders as being part of the state of Israel,” said South African spokesperson Jimmy Manyi, according to AFP.
It is unclear which “borders” Manyi is referring to, since the UN did not delineate borders in 1948. Manyi could be erroneously referring to either the 1947 UN Partition Plan or the 1949 Armistice Lines, which became the de-facto boundaries of Israel until 1967.
Leaders of the South African Jewish community were “outraged” by the decision, according to statements.
Relations between Israel and South Africa have been deteriorating for years. Recently, South African Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim told South Africans not to visit Israel because “Israel is an occupier country which is oppressing Palestine,” according to the Times of Israel.