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Britain edges towards boycotting Israel

For the first time, the British government has issued guidelines warning businesses of the risks of trading with Jewish colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories, including potential damage to a company’s reputation.

 

By Nureddin Sabir

 

UK Trade & Investment logo 500 x 300New guidance, published on 3 December by UK Trade & Investment, a government body that works with British businesses in international markets, warns there are “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity”. It says:

The UK has a clear position on Israeli settlements: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967. Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible. We will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties.

There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity. Financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements as well as other economic activities (including in services like tourism) in Israeli settlements or benefiting Israeli settlements, entail legal and economic risks stemming from the fact that the Israeli settlements, according to international law, are built on occupied land and are not recognised as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment.

EU citizens and businesses should also be aware of the potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals. Those contemplating any economic or financial involvement in settlements should seek appropriate legal advice.

According to the Guardian newspaper, this is

the first time the UK government has explicitly stated its position on settlements… in advice specifically directed at businesses. It is part of a steadily stiffening position by the UK on settlements and their produce, an indication of frustration and anger at Israeli intransigence on its activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

BDS MOVEMENT

Welcoming the guidance as “a step in the right direction”, a spokesman for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, Rafeef Ziadah, said:

The UK government has realized that its condemnations of illegal settlements are falling on deaf ears and has started to address the huge amount of economic support that the illegal settlements receive from UK businesses…

The government should now make it absolutely clear to companies like G4S that it is unacceptable to participate in Israel’s illegal settlements or in Israel’s other human rights abuses…

It isn’t enough to simply warn businesses about the economic and legal risks of doing business with settlements. The UK government and all EU member states have a duty to take a proactive approach to preventing businesses from contributing to Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.

Until that happens, we, as individuals, all have a duty to boycott Israeli goods whenever we see them.

For more information on how you can contribute to the boycott Israel campaign, visit the BDS Movement website here.

Source: Redress Information & Analysis


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3 Comments for “Britain edges towards boycotting Israel”

  1. WORD OF WEEK :=: SAYANIM …. HASBARA :=: The Helpers of the Zio Occupation that maybe Paid to Stalk or Jabber fantastic Lies.

    Like McCain Sings :=: Nuke , Nuke , Nuke , Nuke Israel NOW !

    WORD OF THE DAY :=: GANG-STALKING ….Means When Zios want You to Agree Their Gang will Surround You 24/7 And Harrass You into Respect for Their Criminal Agendas ….

    Like McCain Sings :=: Nuke , Nuke , Nuke , Nuke Israel NOW !

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    Like McCain Sings :=: Nuke , Nuke , Nuke , Nuke Israel NOW !

    Hard Irrefutable facts :

    ” “Israel ” Did 9-11 ” says Dr Alan Sabrosky of US Army War College .

    ” Israel ” DESTROYED USS Liberty , an Unarmed US Navy Ship in INTERNATIONAL Waters & Then blamed Egyptians for the attack but decades later sheepishly paid millions in damages to USA …. …. with *Allies* like Israel Who needs more Enemies … ??? … … And Cairo Almost got Nuked by USA because of Habitual ENDLESSLY Lying …

    ” Israel ” kills Constantly including Rachel Corrie etc etc … Innumerable MURDERED Monthly … … …

    ” Israel ” has ” Jews Only Roads ” …. So much for ” The Only Democracy in M.E. ” …. ROFL … talk about a nutty global empire for Only Purest of Chosen Idiot Scums …. ….

    Those that complain of HATE should feel free to exhibit Love in Palestine in last 6 Loving DECADES. …..

    So so very Blessed, So very Intelligent & Then the Richest too …. So let’s see them use Their Super Brains n Money to Live on Moon Or Mars as Inferior Goyims are too too Stupid for These to live HATE-FREE …

    Not To Forget Rabbis Recommending Sex With Kids as ” It’s Harmless ” …. Or The Organ Trafficing Rabbis and the Stolen Human Organs ….. Send ALL ‘ Israel Firsters’ to Israel after their deserved trial n punishment for Anti-Human crimes ….. Deport the Disease NOW ! ….. Its that Time again Already ….. These were Banished On the Record In History from most of Europe about 1100 AD …. No Pardon or When these slid back in is found ….. Deport the Disease NOW ! ….. Its that Time again Already …..

  2. Howard Lewis :=: it gets interesting as Within the Rothschild Power Pyramid Structure exist other Possible Subtle Structures ……. Unless the banana repulics of Thomas Islands , Republic of Malau and Republic of Palau etc are Property of Rothschild REAL Lock Stock n Barrel .

    • Sorry Correction of locations :=: Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Panama, Palau,

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