By Elad Benari
The South African government announced on Wednesday that it has instructed that products made in Judea and Samaria not be labeled as products of Israel.
According to a report on Kol Yisrael radio, South Africa’s Trade Minister will direct importers to label every product that came from one of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria with a special mark that indicates that it was not made in Israel.
A spokesman for the Trade Ministry, who made the announcement about the decision, said that the position of the government of South Africa is that it recognizes the borders of Israel as they were outlined by the United Nations in 1948, and does not recognize any changes made to the borders after that date.
He added that any area beyond these boundaries is not considered by his country to be part of Israel.
In May, South African Minister Rob Davies issued an announcement warning merchants “not to incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as products of Israel.”
He later rejected “with utter contempt” suggestions that there were racial motivations for his move, saying his department was neither seeking to promote a boycott of Israeli goods nor to prevent the entry of such products into South Africa.
Davies asserted, however, that the move was aimed at ensuring that products were correctly labeled so that South African consumers could decide for themselves as to whether they wanted to purchase them….