A Dutch Christian family in the Netherlands who import goods from Israel declined with the government’s orders to apply special labeling of their products. The van Oordt family runs the Israel Products Center and the Christians For Israel group in Nijkerk, near Amsterdam.
Israel and Jewish groups protested the regulations as an attempt to isolate and financially hurt Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The regulations also applied to the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinian Authority said the labeling regulations were a welcome buffer against what it considers Israeli land theft.
“Labeling was created to ensure food safety but has become a political tool to pressure the Jewish state,” said van Oordt, whose outfit helps bring in 120,000 bottles of Israeli wine each year, as well as many tons of Dead Sea cosmetics and other merchandise.