Israeli officials expressed outrage late Tuesday, after the International Legal Forum (ILF) argued that the US Customs’ January 23 “reissuing” of orders to importers to label all products from Judea and Samaria as not being from “Israel” was a covert policy change. Slamming the move as deceiving Congress, as well as the American and Israeli public, the Israeli group International Law Forum told Channel 2 that American claims of merely “reissuing” policies from 1995 are in fact false.

The group noted that the 1995 guidelines only applied to goods from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria, which was newly established in the 1994 Oslo Accords. The guidelines were meant to distinguish PA goods as not being Israeli. However, the new orders call for all goods from Judea and Samaria to be labeled as non-Israeli, including those produced by Israeli Jews living in the region. READ MORE