Israel says Kashmir ‘an occupied territory’

TelAviv: Israel was reacting to proposed labelling of goods by European Union produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.Fuming over the labeling of goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied land in Palestine by European Union, Israel has rued why such measures were not in place in “occupied territories like Kashmir and Tibet”.The EU does not recognise Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, lands it captured in the 1967 Middle East war, and says the labelling policy aims to distinguish between goods made inside the internationally accepted borders of Israel and those made outside.”It’s an indication of origin, not a warning label,” the EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, told Reuters.

“This is a discriminatory policy,” said Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, responding to EU’s stance, adding that the EU labelling is not enforced in other places of occupation, such as northern Cyprus, Western Sahara, Kashmir or Tibet.Israeli ministers have cast the EU’s plans as akin to a boycott of Israel, regarding it as little different to the boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement that Palestinians – who seek a state on occupied land including the West Bank and East Jerusalem – have advocated in recent years.Israeli Prime Minister recently called his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as his friend.


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