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A Pro-Palestinian demonstrator carries placards reading 'Keep calm and boycott Israel' on the Republique square in Paris, ahead of a banned demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, on July 26, 2014

Knesset Set To Vote On Bill That Would Ban Entry To Supporters Of BDS

JERUSALEM – The Knesset is slated to vote on Monday on a bill that would ban entry into the country of supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and other individuals calling for boycotts of the Jewish state or of products made in West Bank settlements.

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Israeli Legal NGO Accuses U.S. of Changing Stance on Settlements by Labeling West Bank Goods

TEL AVIV – A report on Israeli television on Tuesday night charged that the recently enacted U.S. Customs policy to label products from the West Bank was an “under the radar” policy change with regard to the settlements. Last month, the U.S. issued a reminder that products imported from the West Bank or Gaza Strip should not be labeled “Made in Israel,” in accordance with a 1995 law. The reminder sparked accusations that Washington was hardening its position against Israeli settlement activity, a claim that U.S. officials rejected.

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Israel-EU Ties Back On Track After Settlement Labels Row

The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s relations with the European Union are “close and friendly” again, Jerusalem said Friday, signaling a receding of tensions that arose last year over the EU decision to label imports from West Bank settlements. Foreign

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Palestinian Objections Lead To U.S. Reminder That Israel Label Settlement Goods

The U.S. reissued guidelines on labeling settlement products amid Palestinian disgruntlement, even though the State Department maintains that there have been no changes to U.S. policy.  Following Palestinian complaints that some West Bank products were being labeled “Made in Israel,”

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Netanyahu Slams European Commission: Calls Out ‘Double Standard’ on Israel

The Jerusalem Post reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called on individual EU states to pressure the European Commission to change its “double standard” toward Israel. Netanyahu’s call came during a meeting with visiting Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand.

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France’s Criminalisation of Israel Boycotts Sparks Free-Speech Debate

France’s prime minister has criticised boycotts of Israeli products, saying they fuel anti-Semitic sentiment. But critics say using France’s strict laws against “inciting discrimination” to criminalise the boycotts violates free speech. Addressing a meeting of the Crif, the umbrella group