South Africa restricts made in Israel label

The South African Trade Ministry published a second notice concerning the labeling of Israeli products, despite having promised to work with the Jewish community on a compromise.

The notice published Oct. 12 in the Government Gazette requires that all products originating from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem be labeled “goods that originate from the Israeli Occupied Territory.”

The notice specified that the label “made in Israel” may only be used on goods “from within Israel’s borders of 1948-1967 before they were unilaterally changed by Israel in 1967 Six Day War.”

The publication of the notice came as a surprise to the South African Jewish community. Two weeks ago, Wendy Kahn of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and Avrom Krengel of the Zionist Federation presented their case objecting to the ministry’s first notice. The ministry assured them it would not take any further steps until a compromise could be reached.

The board of deputies was in the process of submitting its document on Oct. 12 when the new notice was published. — jta