9 posts tagged Boycott
as of 21st May, 2012
- Seven Gazan farmers injured (17/05) and another farmer injured (20/05) due to Israeli shootings
Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma’an that two people were seriously wounded and five moderately injured when Israeli forces opened fire on Beit Lahiya, north Gaza, and east of Gaza City.
Most of the victims were farmers, Abu Salmiya said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces opened fire toward “several suspects approaching the security fence.” She said no hit was identified.
An Israeli army spokesman later added that “tank shells were fired towards the terrorists,” near the Karni crossing east of Gaza City.
A young Palestinian farmer was shot by Israeli soldiers while working on his land in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, a medical official said. Waheed, 22, is in a moderate condition in Nasser hospital after suffering a bullet wound in the thigh, emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said.
He was working in fields near al-Qarara, north-east of Khan Younis, when a soldier opened fire from a military watch-tower, Salmiya added. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no record of the incident.
Our civilians, your ‘terrorists’. Watch this video (one of many) to see what goes down when farmers try to harvest their crop in Gaza (start at 8:50): Vittorio Arrigoni reporting on situation in Gaza
- Two Palestinian prisoners still on Hunger Strike
Two Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are refusing food a week after a deal to end a mass prisoner hunger strike, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Monday.
But officials on both sides played down the ongoing hunger strike by Mahmud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi, saying it was not a breach of the agreement since the two were not part of the mass hunger strike that ended last Monday.
Sarsak, who comes from Gaza and is demanding to be recognised as a prisoner of war, began refusing food on March 23, and went 53 days without eating before a short break on May 14 when the deal was signed. He restarted his strike a day later.
Rikhawi is demanding that the prison authority hand over his medical file prior to him appearing before a prison release committee to expedite his release. He stopped eating for the first time on April 18 but also ate briefly last week before restarting his strike.
Weizman said the two were in “good condition” and were under medical supervision in the infirmary in Ramle prison near Tel Aviv. She said both were due to be released “in the next month or two.”
- Report: Denmark set to label Israeli settlement produce
Denmark is set to introduce a labeling system to denote products made in Israeli settlements, Danish media said Friday.
“This is a move that will clearly show consumers that this produce has been produced under conditions that not only the Danish government, but also the European governments have rejected,” Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal was quoted as saying by Danish online news-site Politken. “Then it is up to consumers whether they are prepared to buy the produce,” he added.
The Danish FM said that stricter controls and labeling of settlement produce should be seen as part of the European Union’s support for a two state solution. Enforcing controls on settlement produce also shows the Palestinians that the world is against illegal settlement building.
The move targets illegal settlements and not Israel, the Danish FM added.
- Financial Times: Israel attacks South African move to label settlement goods
Israel has attacked a legal move by South Africa that would force merchants to provide a special label for goods made in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, slamming what it said was a decision with “racist characteristics”.
The harsh condemnation, issued by the Israeli foreign ministry, came in response to a “notice” from South Africa’s Department of Trade this month, saying it intends to require traders not to “incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The proposal gives consumers 60 days to comment on the issue. Should it be confirmed, the Israelis say it would be the first regulation imposing a separate label of origin for settlement goods made in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Singling out one country and stigmatising its products is a move with racist characteristics. We regret that it is South Africa of all countries that is the first to go down this slippery slope,” a spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry said on Sunday. He argued the proposal – with its reference to “1948 borders” – left unclear what areas precisely would be affected by the new labelling rule, claiming that it would “stain all Israeli products”.
“This will stamp, name and shame Israeli products on an uncertain basis,” the spokesman said.
Macdonald Netshitenzhe, a senior official at South Africa’s trade and industry department, said the decision was not political, but was in line with South Africa’s trade and consumer laws. “Our consumer protection act, as well as our trade law, says you must not mislead the consumer. If it’s a wine of the Cape, you don’t say it’s a Bordeaux … that is the principle,” he said. “South Africa recognises Israel only to [the] extent of the 1948 borders … The occupation of 1967 and thereafter, we don’t recognise that.”
The settlements, home to a fast-growing population of more than 500,000, are seen as a key obstacle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as they take up an increasing share of the land on which the Palestinians hope to establish an independent state. They are also illegal under international law, which prohibits the establishment of settlements on occupied land.
South Africa is not among Israel’s most important trading partners, which means the economic impact of a new labelling regime is likely to be limited. A deeper concern for Israel is that the example set by Pretoria will inspire others to follow suit, especially in Europe. The latest warning on this front came from Denmark, where the foreign minister appealed for a new Israeli labelling regime in an interview on Friday.