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Czech Republic rejects EU labels for Israeli settlement products

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The Czech Parliament has passed a resolution rejecting the European Union’s decision to remove “Made in Israel” labels from products originating in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.

The EU’s guidelines dictate that the labels will instead read “Products from the West Bank (Israeli settlements).”

According to Czech media reports, the resolution against the EU measure passed by an overwhelming majority. Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman said during the debate that it is “absolutely necessary to reject the efforts to discriminate against the only democracy in the Middle East.”

The Czech Republic is one of Israel’s strongest allies in Europe. The Jewish state’s ambassador to the country, Gary Koren, thanked the Czech lawmakers for their decision.

Other countries to reject the EU’s recent decision, which many have referred to as imposing a “double standard” on Israel, include Greece and Hungary. Officials from Italy, Croatia, and even German Chancellor Angela Merkela have also spoken out against the guidelines.