EU sets guideline on settlement products despite Israeli ire

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved guidelines for its member states to specially label products made in West Bank settlements, a move that has already been criticized by Israel as "disguised anti-Semitism."

Wednesday's move came after months of procrastinating but underscores the EU's unhappiness over Israel's continued expansion of settlements on territory that Palestinians are seeking as theirs for a future state.

Because of its longstanding opposition to the expansion of settlements the EU is now seeking to further differentiate its relations with Israel and with the settlements, fearing that a continued status quo would never push the Israeli government into changes.

The Israeli government sees it as a boycott of its products.