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Israeli Products Can’t Be Labeled “Made in Israel?!”

Last week, it was reported that US government officials are planning to prohibit products coming from Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria from being labeled as “Made in Israel.” It would be a striking parallel to the boycotts imposed in Germany in 1933, when Jewish businesses were targeted and marked to stop people from shopping at them. The US labeling requirements would target specific Jewish businesses in Israel the United States has deemed obstacles to peace.

The shop window of a Jewish owned business in Nazi Germany

This comes as the Biden administration has not hidden its disapproval for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government and his handling of the war. It also comes at a time the White House is increasing talks and pressure to create a Palestinian State. Finally, it appears to be in retribution for a non-issue the Biden Administration has blown out of proportion—so called “settler violence.”

Can products made in Israel be labeled as "Made in Israel"?

Such labeling requirements date back to the 1990’s, when a US Customs statement was published forbidding products originating in Israel’s Judea and Samaria region (the West Bank) from being labeled as from Israel. “It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel’ or any variation thereof,” the statement read.

It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel’ or any variation thereof,” -US Customs and Border Protection

The Biden Administration is reportedly considering bringing back requirements that would prohibit some Israeli products being labeled "Made in Israel" Basemap credit: mapchart.net

The requirement was never enforced, but was reiterated by the Obama administration in 2016, when US Customs and Border Protection released a statement with a reminder of the 90’s law. President Obama showed open hostility to Israeli settlers in Judea and Samaria throughout his presidency, and this reminder served as a statement that the administration did not view Judea and Samaria as a legitimate part of Israel.

Then, in 2020, the Trump Administration reversed that policy, recognizing that Israelis living in Judea and Samaria have every right to label their products as being “Made in Israel.”

Ignoring Current Realities

Now, it looks like the US may once again revert to a standard that ignores reality. The decision to target Israeli businesses in Judea and Samaria is part of a pressure campaign to get Israel give up land, and it could lead to boycotts and sanctions. In pursuit of a Palestinian State, the Biden Administration is slandering Israel’s government and ignoring the wishes of a huge majority of Israelis who oppose such a state. In the wake of October 7, Israelis recognize that giving away land would be a reward for the atrocities committed by Hamas, and an invitation to have them happen again.

Judea and Samaria is an inseparable part of Israel. Refusing to recognize this fact can only serve to weaken Israel and prolong the violence. Only the truth—that Jews have every right to live securely in all of their land—can bring stability and peace to the region.

28 Responses

David Thompson

David Thompson

May 21, 2024

There is no such place as “the west bank” or “the gaza strip” or “palestine”.
3,000 years ago, one kingdom split into two and Samaria became the capital of Israel while Jerusalem became the capital of Judea.
YWHW promised to one day reunite those two kingdoms again on “the mountains of Israel” (Samaria).
In 1967, when Israel gained control of Jerusalem, that promise was fulfilled.

Ezekiel 37:22 KJV — And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

I would not want to tempt YWHW, the God of Israel, who proves his greatness over and over again by fulfilling 3,000 year old prophecies right before our eyes.

Dale

Dale

April 24, 2024

Shalom everybody. I am praying for the well being of all of Israel, and my GOD continue to protect Israel and give victory over all who hate Israel and our true GOD.

Diane Hurley

Diane Hurley

April 24, 2024

I’m just thankful that I get to buy from Israel to help and support these wonder people. I’m always interested in trying different things to eat from different cultures. All though it’s just cookies I can get which I really enjoy and the soaps too. I just want to keep supporting Israel it’s not that much that I’m able but I will keep buying as long as I can. Thank you Israel God bless. And on this Biden administration, I’ll just keep my mouth shut I’ve been very vocal on how I feel about what’s going on God sees and knows what’s going on. He doesn’t need to hear it again from me. 😊🙏

Michael Plotycia

Michael Plotycia

April 24, 2024

It seems hypocritical that an administration which allows males who identify as females to be identified as females. BUT, products made by Israelis in an area that is historically, biblically and currently within Israel cannot be identified as Made In Israel. Here i the U.S., we have been suffering with 3+ years of this type of insanity and it must be stopped.
Stanley Corbin

Stanley Corbin

April 24, 2024

No matter what the anti Israel administration says, we will continue to buy your products, Judea and Samaria is Israel!

Michelle Stone

Michelle Stone

April 24, 2024

As long as G_D gives me breath and the means to do so, I will support Israel who stands with her G_D of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!!! Praying for the peace of Israel and protection of your people!!!

Kay & Larry Blevins

Kay & Larry Blevins

April 15, 2024

We stand behind Israel.
We stand for “Made in Israel” labels.
Father God help Israel be free from torment.
This is wrong.

Avi

Avi

April 15, 2024

As a staunch supporter of Israel (I was born there and hold dual citizenship) and as the father of two boys who live in Israel, I fully support Israel’s legal and moral rights to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).
That said, I find it odious to compare the policy at hand with the Nazi boycott of Jewish enterprises. Here is why: First, Israel itself does not consider most of these lands to be part of Israel (with the exception of East Jerusalem and its environs). Israel has not annexed these areas. Thus, while Israel is certainly not prepared to give up much of Judea and Samaria, even in the context of a final (at the moment only a dream!) peace agreement, even Israel agrees that products made in J and S are not technically “made in Israel.”
As for the United States, it has long held that the final status of the territories should be the subject of a negotiated settlement, on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 242. While the intent of 242 is the subject of debate, at minimum, even Israel agrees that it would assume the yielding of “some” lands in exchange for full peace. Israel has indeed given up some land in the past forty years, and thus is certainly in compliance with 242.
Given all this, one can understand the Biden administration position that to label such products “made in Israel” prejudices the final status of these territories. It is a horrible notion to compare this position to the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses. That boycott was premised upon a hatred of Jews. The U.S. position here may indeed be wrong, but it is certainly not based on a hatred of Jews!

Raye

Raye

April 14, 2024

According to the map this means items made in the little town of Bethlehem cant say made in Israel. And part of Hebron is Israeli control, so what happens there? You know who you should ask – the grieving family of the butured 14 yr old Israeli Jewish shepherd. He wasnt West Banker. He was Israeli, or he wouldnt have been murdered.

Raymond Sharp

Raymond Sharp

April 14, 2024

AMERICA WILL SUPPORT ISREAL!!!

Marijke Vandervelde

Marijke Vandervelde

April 14, 2024

This is more than absurd! This is like cancel culture! I buy Israeli products all the time, and will continue to do so! From All of Israel! At least you know you are helping their economy during this difficult time too. I’ve also passed the message to friends and family.

Malka Shimshon

Malka Shimshon

April 14, 2024

We all know Biden isn’t running the show. It’s Obama and his team.
B’H that Hashem had everything under control however and nothing is new under the sun. Those who curse Israel will be cursed and those who bless Israel will be blessed. Unfortunately, America is cursing Israel right now. The fall of America is here.

Karen Lease

Karen Lease

April 14, 2024

It makes you what is putting this into action by the US Government. There is something more behind this. Be proud Israel. God stands behind your country, citizens, and what you produce.

Patricia Jackson

Patricia Jackson

April 14, 2024

It is so shameful what biden is trying to do to Israel.I support made in Israel

Kathleen Magill

Kathleen Magill

April 14, 2024

Israel should just ignore these Israel hating people in the U.S.A. I like the comment earlier that said products should be labeled “Made by God’s Chosen”.

Kathleen Magill

Kathleen Magill

April 15, 2024

Israel should just ignore these Israel hating people in the U.S.A. I like the comment earlier that said products should be labeled “Made by God’s Chosen”.

Alzie Rice

Alzie Rice

April 14, 2024

I pray for the return of President Trump and the return of sanity. I also pray for Israel and all her citizens. Joe Biden, like Obama, is an anti-Semite. As are the absolute majority of his administration. Americans I know are ashamed of him and his weak-kneed responses to Hamas and Iran. The worst foreign policy in my 73 years.

Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi

Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi

April 14, 2024

Judaea and Samaria belong to Israel as 3,000 years of history will attest. President Biden is pandering to islamists, hamas sympathizers and apologists, and the binary narrative which has no basis in facts. President Biden considers himself a Christian; maybe he should reread the Psalms of King David, where there is solid historical precedent.

Patricia Pederson

Patricia Pederson

April 14, 2024

Another example of the complete ignorance regarding Israel by the Biden Administration.

Carole K

Carole K

April 14, 2024

I should not be so rude, but my word to Biden, is "P__S on you. If I could live and die in Israel it would be the blessing of God.

Mary B

Mary B

April 14, 2024

Made in Holy Land by Israeli People.

Fred S Pereira

Fred S Pereira

April 14, 2024

To Yahweh I give you the Glory to honour the great I AM. To his chosen the promises has given is yes and AMEN. All blessings to Made in Israel 🙏

Jeffrey R Jarrell

Jeffrey R Jarrell

April 14, 2024

I will always support Israel with Jerusalem being its capital (Just as God does).

Scott Calder

Scott Calder

April 12, 2024

It’s just petty. How about, “Made by God’s Chosen”. With "In God We Trust " all over American money they couldn’t deny that!

Lawrence Thomas

Lawrence Thomas

April 12, 2024

Pay no attention to Biden/Obama. It is no secret that they hate Israel, so give them no regard. They would do well to read Yahweh’s promise to Abraham: “I will curse them who curse you”.

Kim McKay

Kim McKay

April 12, 2024

Absolutely antisemitic! If within Israel’s sovereign borders its Israel. Shame on America and our president to engage inBDS by other any name

Nancy Monahan

Nancy Monahan

April 12, 2024

Maybe products could be labeled “Made by Israelis in their God-given land?!

Kathi  Preciado

Kathi Preciado

April 12, 2024

That is ridiculous, it is all Israel, Judea & Samaria included. We support “made in Israel” for ALL of Israel!

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