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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Protest South Africa’s ‘Made in Palestine’ Labels

South Africa is planning to require “Made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories” labels on products from the region in place of “Made in Israel” labels, the trade ministry said.

“For now, there is no decision but people should know that South Africa recognizes Israel inside the 1948 UN borders,” Macdonald Netshitenzhe, the trade ministry’s director for trade policies and legislations, said.

“Now coming to the issue of Palestine and Israel, a product from Israel has to be manufactured or produced within the borders of 1948.

Under the 1948 boundaries, territories occupied after 1967 such as the Gaza Strip are not included.

“Therefore for the goods or vegetables which are grown in the area where Israel invaded other Arab countries, South Africa says, you better say these products are grown in Palestine or Occupied Palestinian Territories,” Netshitenzhe added.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the move was aimed at helping “South Africans who do not support Israel, but who in fact do support the Palestinians, to identify those products.”

“This doesn’t, however, mean any kind of boycott of Israeli products,” he said, in remarks quoted by South African news agency SAPA.

yigal palmor

Israel’s foreign ministry reacted angrily to the news, with spokesperson Yigal Palmor telling AFP that South Africa’s ambassador to Israel would be summoned for an explanation in the coming days.

“This is not a political objection to settlements, rather the act of singling out a state by a special marking system based on national-political criteria. Therefore, it is by essence a racist move,” Palmor said.

“It is shocking to think that South Africa, of all countries, would display such callousness, and is blindly marching down the slippery slope of racism.”


We urge you to contact South Africa’s Trade Minister Macdonald Netshitenzhe at:

to protest “Made in Palestine” labels on Israeli food.

You may copy and paste the following text or write your own message:

Dear Mr. Netshitenzhe,

I am absolutely outraged by your decision not to recognize Israel’s rightful borders and to mark Israeli products as “Made in Palestine.” This is clearly an act of outright racism that will not be tolerated. 

We demand that you respect the sovereignty of the State of Israel and its borders. The State of Palestine does not exist.

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