The European Union’s outgoing envoy to the Palestinian territories, John Gatt-Rutter, says the 28-nation bloc is moving forward with measures against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
European Union envoy John Gatt-Rutter did not provide a timeframe. But his remarks to reporters Thursday underline European discontent with Israel’s continued expansion of communities in Judea and Samaria.
Gatt-Rutter says “there is support within the union to go on.” He says there are “more tools” the EU can use.
The EU, Israel’s biggest trading partner, is exploring guidelines that would require Israel to label products made in Judea and Samaria. It already bars goods produced there from receiving customs exemptions given to Israeli goods.
Gatt-Rutter’s remarks come as a grassroots movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel is gaining steam.
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