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4 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I May 2009
UK considers labelling imports
from illegal Israeli settlements
The British government are currently Israeli settlements.
considering the controversial issue The long drawn-out controversy is
of the labelling of products imported over the imports appearing as Israeli
from illegal Israeli settlements, products as the country of origin to
Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell claim favourable tariffs that breaches
has revealed. the EU’s trade agreement with the
Such a move would include Zionist regime.
“relevant domestic and international It has led to growing protests
law issues,” Rammell told MPs in a at British supermarkets by pro-
written parliamentary reply published. Palestinian groups and peace
A special meeting of government campaigners seeking to highlight the
officials, food retailers, producers and illegal practice and enforce a boycott.
suppliers was held at the Cabinet The Jewish Chronicle reported
Office at the end of last month earlier this month that an agreement
to discuss guidelines about the had been reached on draft
It also maintained that it would be
continuing controversy in formulating guidelines and would be published
only a voluntary labelling practice and
policy over goods produced in illegal by the government but without any
that there would be no legislation.
‘Swine flu name offensive to Faiths’
The outbreak of swine flu should swine flu,” he told a news conference it “Mexican” and worry such a label
be renamed “Mexican” influenza at a hospital in central Israel. would be stigmatizing.
in deference to Muslim and Jewish Both Judaism and Islam consider The current strain of swine flu is
sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli pigs unclean and forbid the eating of thought to have killed more than 100
health official. pork products. people by the disease so far.
Deputy Health Minister Yakov Scientists are unsure where Laboratories have confirmed that
Litzman said the reference to pigs is the new swine flu virus originally the samples tested so far, the swine
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to both religions and “we emerged, though. They say there is flu virus in Mexico and U.S. appear to
should call this Mexican flu and not nothing about the virus that makes be the same.
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