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Secretary of MIKE POMPEO has reversed an Obama administration ruling and designated that imports from West Bank settlements should be labelled as “Made in Israel”.

Changing the labelling was “consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach” and would “eliminate confusion by recognizing that producers in other parts of the West Bank are for all practical purposes administratively separate and that their goods should be marked accordingly,” the State Department said.

In 2016, the Obama administration reestablished a 1995 policy that required products produced in Judea and Samaria, called the West Bank by the Israeli government but considered occupied territory by many countries, to be labelled “Made in the West Bank”.EU guidelines state that farm and other products made in Israeli settlements and exported to member countries should be clearly labelled as coming from the settlements, which the bloc considers illegal under international law.

Prior to Mr. Pompeo’s trip to Israel, four Republican senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia  released a 16 November statement calling for products produced in the West Bank to be labelled as “Made in Israel”.

The wall separating Israel (left) and Palestine (right), also known as the security fence cuts through communities in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank.

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