The Trump administration is preparing to go toe-to-toe with the European Union over the latter's recent decision to mandate that Jewish-made goods produced in contested areas of Israel carry consumer warning labels, a decision critics have described as reminiscent of Nazi-era boycotts, according to senior U.S. officials who briefed the Washington Free Beacon.
The European Court of Justice affirmed on Tuesday new laws mandating that Jewish-made products originating in disputed territories be labeled as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies."
Observers viewed the decision as a major win for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. The labels are not being applied to Palestinian goods produced in the same areas, a point emphasized by legal experts who described the decision as part of a larger global effort to delegitimize Israel and penalize Jewish manufacturers.
The E.U.'s decision comes as Israel faces down a renewed wave of violence from Palestinian terrorists and a spillover of jihadist violence from surrounding Arab countries.
Senior Trump administration officials told the Free Beacon in their first public comments on the matter that the administration is gearing up to fight the E.U.'s decision and protect its Middle Eastern ally from threats both physical and legal.
The officials said efforts to delegitimize Israel will not be taken lightly by the Trump administration and will be met with counteraction.
Combatting the E.U. labeling mandate is a "top priority for us," one senior administration official working on the matter told the Free Beacon. "We strongly condemn it."GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
AND THEN THERE'S THIS:
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