Foodstuffs originating from Israeli settlements must be marked as such, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday.
The issue has been politically divisive — Israel considers the labeling of settler products to be discriminatory and takes a highly critical view of it.
France’s top tribunal sought clarification from the top court after the country published guidelines in 2016 that products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Golan Heights must carry labels making their precise origin clear. The guidelines were challenged by the Organisation Juive Europeene (European Jewish Organisation) and Psagot, a company that runs vineyards in occupied territories.
The groups were concerned that such labeling would facilitate boycotts, such as those endorsed by the BDS movement, which Israel sees as anti-Semitic.
In June, an advisor to the ECJ said it that products from Israeli-occupied territories must be clearly labeled as such to avoid misleading consumers.
The regions affected include the West Bank, annexed east Jerusalem, internationall accepted as occupied Palestinian land, and the Golan Heights, taken from Syria in 1967.
The EU does not accept these territories as belonging to Israeli territory.
aw/rt (AP, AFP, dpa)
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