(In Palestine Today)- The first shipment, including stolen olive oil and honey from illegal Israeli occupation settlements in occupied Palestinian West Bank was exported to UAE on Sunday.
According to the Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post, the shipment included olive oil and honey from the Tura Winery in the Rehelim settlement and Paradise Honey in the Hermesh settlement.
Israeli occupation forces and police prevent Palestinian from reaching their farms where Israeli Jewish settlers steal olive and have beehives.
“This is a historic day for Samaria [the occupied West Bank] and the entire State of Israel,” Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan was reported by the Jerusalem Post saying.
On 10 December, Dagan wrote on his Facebook page that he had signed four direct export deals between settlements in the occupied West Bank and companies in the UAE.
Slamming the move, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem said the move “is tantamount to encouraging Zionist settlement building on the occupied Palestinian lands.”
All settlements are considered illegal by international law, with the UN and other international bodies repeatedly stressing that they hinder the peace process.
The UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which was approved in 2016, asked all UN member states to distinguish in their dealings between areas of Israel within the pre-1967 lines and those outside.
Last year, the UN Human Rights Council produced a “black list” of the companies located in the occupied West Bank settlements.
Meanwhile, the EU issued guidelines for consumers labeling of settler products to ensure that it is clear that they were not made in Israel.
The European Court of Justice ruled in 2019 that Israeli products produced over the pre-1967 lines could not be labeled “made in Israel.”
Source: Palestine Post 24