EU bans import of poultry, eggs from settlements

The European Union does not allow the import of poultry produced in West Bank settlements, EU officials told Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture.

EU officials recently informed the ministry of the ban, EU sources confirmed to the French news agency AFP on May 22.

The reason stated is that the union does not recognize the jurisdiction of Israeli veterinarians supervising the production of poultry and eggs in West Bank settlements because the union’s 28 member countries regard Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line, or Israel’s borders prior to the Six-Day War, as illegal, AFP reported.

News of the ban was first reported May 22 by the Israeli news site Walla.

The non-recognition of Israeli veterinarian supervision in those areas conforms to the spirit of new directives that went into effect in January, which prohibit commerce with firms or individuals based in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Golan Heights and parts of Jerusalem. — jta