European Parliament delegation calls Israeli product labeling ‘a mistake’

European Union flags outside of the European Commission building in Brussels. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel received a boost of support on Tuesday as it continued to voice its objection to the European Union’s decision to label Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.

European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Israel chairman Fulvio Martusciello, visiting the Knesset with his delegation on Tuesday, called the decision to label Israeli products “a mistake.”

“Europe is loud about Israel, but quiet about 200 other conflicts around the world,” Martusciello told his Israeli hosts.

European Parliament Member Marijana Petir of Croatia reiterated Martusciello’s sentiments, saying, “We will not boycott Israeli goods.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein warned the visiting European parliamentarians that marking products manufactured across the Green Line would actually “hurt the Palestinian workers employed in the Israeli factories.”

According to Edelstein, “If this decision causes factories to close, unemployment and desperation will rise on the Palestinian side—and from that point the road to terrorist activity is a short one.”

Posted on November 18, 2015 .