“We want to be politically neutral” La Libre Belgique reported on Tuesday (30 August) that Brussels Airlines has decided to resume providing a pastry produced in a settlement in the occupied West Bank. The air company was last month subject to a boycott campaign in Israel for having stopped distributing the product.
“The decision to withdraw this product, which was correctly labeled, was not good because it was not politically neutral. And that’s what we want to be. In the future, we’ll therefore accept products from this producer and from this region,” confirmed a spokesperson for Brussels Airlines.
The decision was taken yesterday in consultation with the Israeli government, the spokesperson said.
Products from Israeli settlements amount to less than 1 % of the total trade between Israel and EU.
The European Commission issued last year a legislative notice with guidelines on the indication of goods from the territories occupied by Israel in the six days war in June 1967. The notice leaves the implementation of the labelling to the Member States.
The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)