Bahrain’s commerce minister, Zayed bin Rashid al-Zayani, has introduced that his nation will now not distinguish between Israeli merchandise and people made within the occupied territories, drawing anger from Palestinians.
Together with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain formalized relations with Israel on September 15 in a US-backed deal, and Bahraini ministerial delegations have been assembly with the Israeli authorities in current weeks. On Tuesday, al-Zayani landed at Ben Gurion Airport alongside 40 businesspeople to personally meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Throughout his journey, al-Zayani mentioned accepting imports from Israeli settlements and rejecting worldwide tips that state they need to be clearly labeled as such.
“We’ll deal with Israeli merchandise as Israeli merchandise, so now we have no concern with labelling or origin,” the minister mentioned.
Palestine has condemned the transfer, with the Palestine Liberation Group’s Wasel Abu Yousef accusing Bahrain of “contradicting worldwide and UN resolutions,” and urging Arab nations to boycott all merchandise from inside Israel.
The PLO is anxious that the current developments, paired with US President Donald Trump’s assist for Israel, will permit the continued annexation of lands captured by Israel within the 1967 Six-Day Warfare. Though, most nations at present view Israel’s settlements as an unlawful occupation.
Bahrain’s choice comes simply weeks after the Trump administration took an identical step and introduced it could take away US customs distinctions between items made in Israel and within the occupied territories.
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