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France advises its citizens against doing business in illegal Israeli settlements

Published time: June 26, 2014 01:01
Jewish settlement of Brukhim located near the West Bank village of Kufr al-Deek near Salfit (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)

Jewish settlement of Brukhim located near the West Bank village of Kufr al-Deek near Salfit (Reuters/Abed Omar Qusini)

France has warned its citizens against taking part in any economic activity in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying this may entail legal risks because the Jewish settlements are illegal under international law.

The warning is part of a joint act drafted by the five largest EU countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain, Haaretz cited a French diplomat as saying.

Italy and Spain are expected to issue similar warnings over the next few days, while the UK and Germany did so a few months ago.

The move comes after the failure of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and also following massive protests against the construction of settlements across the EU.

The notice by the French Foreign Ministry advises against investing, purchasing land, or engaging in economic activity in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights. It was published as part of recommendations for French people traveling to Israel.

“Due to the fact that the settlements are illegal in international law, the performance of financial activity in the settlements such as money transfers, investments, acquisition of property, provision of supplies or the performance of any other economic activities that benefit the settlements involves risks,” the statement reads in French.

The document also stated that the international community does not recognize the settlements as part of Israel, which could lead to “land disputes or disagreements regarding water, quarries or other natural resources.”

We call upon citizens or businesspeople who are considering becoming involved in economic activity in the settlements to seek appropriate legal advice before going ahead,” the statement adds.

The warning from the French government is non-binding, so a French national who conducts financial activities in the settlements would not be breaking the law in France. However, over the last year, Europe’s private sector and Israeli businesses that work in the settlements have seen boycotts of their goods and services.

The Dutch government has recently issued a similar warning to its citizens, with recommendations that products from the settlements on sale in supermarkets are to be marked. Shortly afterwards, the largest water company in The Netherlands declared that it was canceling a contract with Mekorot, Israel’s national water company.

About a week ago, the Israeli Foreign Ministry asked its ambassadors across the EU to contact European foreign ministries, asking them to refrain from issuing the warnings.

Comments (48)


d0nj3nko 27.06.2014 07:43

Igor R 26.06.2014 19:12

That land never belonged to Jews anyway, even in the Tora it is told how they captured that land.


Never knew that... I brought up with a zio how they killed Christ and he said, 'what happened 2000 years ago is not their fault so why bring it up and what has that got to do with us today?' I had to laugh as they steal Palestinian land off the back of a book over 2000 years ago saying God will give greater israhell to them. What evil low lifes these parasites are, I hope they are wiped out and/or suffer the same horrors they inflict on others. God bless us all...


d0nj3nko 27.06.2014 07:14

Jack Kelly 27.06.2014 01:47

nobody gives a flying poo what france thinks. nobody.


People are very pleased to hear from any zio puppet country that exposes the parasitic leech that won't stop its terror tactics until it controls the land that makes up greater israel and they are the worlds leader. The zio filth think they are chosen and yet the majority have been abused and will be abusers themselves. They see child sexual abuse as a way of life as it is taught in the talmud as being ok. The zio's will deny all this but the talmud teaches them to lie to us goyim about everything, how sick!


Jack Kelly 27.06.2014 03:06

Rachel Corrie was a pawn, killed by the Palestinians.
Ho w many Palestinians have died from bulldozers?

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