January 29, 2016, - 3:58 pm
It’s official: the U.S. government is boycotting Israeli products, requiring a la the European Union, that products made in certain parts of Israel be labeled in an anti-Semitic manner more than a little reminiscent of official Nazi policy.
Here are the details of this latest disgusting Obama action against Jews and Israel.
A memo issued earlier this month by the Obama administration directs the U.S. “trade community” and government partner agencies to explicitly label Israeli-made goods that have been produced in the West Bank.
The Jan. 23 directive states that it is “not acceptable” to label goods coming from Israeli companies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as having been produced in “Israel.”
The order comes amid an effort by the European Union to label Israeli-made goods, a move the Israeli government called anti-Israel and that prominent anti-Semitism watchdog groups have condemned as among the worst incidents of anti-Semitism in 2015. This is a shift from the administration’s previous position. A State Department spokesman told reporters in November that such labeling could be perceived as “a step on the way to a boycott” and said boycotts would be opposed by the administration. But earlier this month, senior Obama administration officials defended the EU’s move and reaffirmed its position against “Israeli settlement activity.”
The new guidance references a decades-old administrative directive that sought to promote the import of Palestinian goods produced in the West Bank. The Obama administration is facing criticism for reinterpreting it and enforcing it to punish Israeli businesses. The new memo, issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is meant to “provide guidance to the trade community regarding the country of origin marking requirements for goods that are manufactured in the West Bank.” Goods produced in these areas are not to be labeled “with the words ‘Israel,’” according to the memo, which warns that inappropriate labeling will subject the products to “enforcement action” by Customs and Border Protection.
“Goods produced in the West Bank or Gaza Strip shall be marked as originating from ‘West Bank,’ ‘Gaza,’ ‘Gaza Strip,’ ‘West Bank/Gaza,’ ‘West Bank/Gaza Strip,’ ‘West Bank and Gaza,’ or ‘West Bank and Gaza Strip,’” according to the directive. “It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel,’ or any variation thereof,” it states.
Goods that are erroneously marked as products of Israel will be subject to an enforcement action carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” the memo states. “Goods entering the United States must conform to the U.S. marking statute and regulations promulgated thereunder.”
Outrageous. Disgusting. Despicable. And, yet, we are opening our borders to more and more Iranian products. Yup, the sponsors of HAMAS and Hezbollah get a welcome in the U.S. for their products. The victims of HAMAS and Hezbollah get a door slammed in their faces.
Note also that this policy is based on “redlining” against Jews. It essentially says that Jews cannot own and/or operate businesses in certain regions of Israel, but that Muslims can. Obama’s (in)Justice Department would sue you or probably put you in jail if you publicly said you would only sell your land in America to one religious group and not another or that you would not allow members of one religious group to operate a business in certain parts of America. No, wait, they’d probably only do that if the alleged “victims” were Muslim. For the rest of us, they’d pretend it didn’t happen or make excuses. So, I guess Obama is being consistent in his bigotry.
Exit Question: would a President Donald Trump reverse this horrible policy? Don’t bet on it. He’s already said he won’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (and the others who say they will are generally lying), though a little over a week ago, Trump flip-flopped on this and said he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in an interview with Christian Broadcast Network. And bet your last dollar that a Hillary or Bernie Presidency definitely would not reverse this.
That Was Then . . .
This Is Now . . .