June 30, 2012
The Proposed discriminatory South African labeling regulation
proposed regulation requiring products made in Israel's West bank to be labeled made in "occupied Palestinian territory" has
been hailed as a victory by the anti-Israel global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The success has been
largely credited to pressure by the non-governmental organization, "Open Shuhada Street"
to a May 2012 report in Business Live, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies explained that "Open Shuhada Street" had threatened to take his department to court if the products were
not labeled properly. "We had no choice but to follow (SA) law," he said.
said that while SA, along with many other countries, recognized Israel's
pre-1967 borders and not its occupation of Palestine, the
move was in compliance with the requirements of the National Consumer Act.
has nothing to do with international politics or anything like that. Rather it is in compliance with our own law that requires
that products must be correctly labeled in terms of where they come from and consumers can then make their own choices,"
Israel is not alone in protesting about the proposed regulation that singles
out Israel in requiring that products made in the West Bank be labeled
made in "Occupied Palestinian
And unsurprisingly, international mainstream
media ignored the peaceful protest marches that were held in Pretoria last Thursday and in
Cape Town the following day, opposing the proposed legislation.
Another surprise though; the protesters were not Zionist patriots, but mainly non-Jewish concerned persons interested in enhancing
South Africa's policy of non-discrimination.
According to Gateway News they comprised mainly members of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and
the Inkatha Freedom Party as well as representatives of Impact for Christ Ministries, the Shembe
Church of Gauteng, the Institute for Christian Leadership Development, Hebraic Roots Training Institute, Bridges for
Peace, Congo for Peace, Biafran National Congress and Christian View Network.
to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) where ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe and IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi
handed over a memorandum to Macdonald Netshitenzhe, director of the DTIs consumer and corporate regulation division.
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