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Belgium to begin labeling products made in West Bank

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Amichai Luria presents a bottle of his wine, used mainly for export, at the Shilo winery in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the West Bank on November 12, 2015.
MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPAmichai Luria presents a bottle of his wine, used mainly for export, at the Shilo winery in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the West Bank on November 12, 2015.

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, who is in Belgium, canceled his meetings with the Belgian Foreign Ministry

Belgium announced plans to label products made in the West Bank on Wednesday, a move which Israel's Foreign Ministry condemned. 

The European Commission instructed member countries in 2015 to start marking products from the West Bank, and the Court of Justice ruled that they must do so in 2019. However, very few European Union countries began to do so.

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Israel fears that Belgium's move will rekindle the issue in other countries.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the decision "harms Israelis and Palestinians alike," according to Times of Israel.

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, who is in Belgium, canceled his meetings with the Belgian Foreign Ministry as a result. 

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“The decision to label the products is inconsistent with the Israeli government's policy of improving the lives of Palestinians and strengthening the Palestinian Authority and improving Israel's relations with other European countries,” Roll stated, Walla reported.

The Belgian government also decided to examine a full boycott of settlement products, Walla reported.