White House orders changes to labeling of products imported from Israel

posted at 10:01 am on January 30, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Here’s a story which seemed to get lost in the shuffle this month, what with so many other alerts devouring the news cycle. A memo was sent out from the Obama administration early in January directing a change to how products from Israel are labeled. As Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon explains, this has riled up many folks on both sides of the aisle.

A memo issued earlier this month by the Obama administration directs the U.S. “trade community” and government partner agencies to explicitly label Israeli-made goods that have been produced in the West Bank.

The Jan. 23 directive states that it is “not acceptable” to label goods coming from Israeli companies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as having been produced in “Israel.”

The order comes amid an effort by the European Union to label Israeli-made goods, a move the Israeli government called anti-Israel and that prominent anti-Semitism watchdog groups have condemned as among the worst incidents of anti-Semitism in 2015.

There are a couple layers of this onion to break down. Some of the comments I’ve seen from folks weighing in on the question indicate that there’s a little bit of confusion over this directive because it’s different from a parallel debate taking place in the EU. Across the pond there are already fears that demands for the labeling of products as being from Israel is just a thinly disguised step toward facilitating a boycott of Israeli by Palestinian supporters. While it’s a legitimate concern, it’s a bit different than regulations already in place here in the United States.

This memo is not some new order that products should be labeled as being from Israel, which we already do anyway. It’s actually a demand to stop labeling goods that way if they are produced in either the West Bank or Gaza. This seems to be in keeping with previous statements from the President supporting the EU in this matter and expressing “concerns” over Israeli settlement activity.

The reason the two situations shouldn’t be conflated is that we aren’t “suddenly” labeling products from Israel or anywhere else for that matter. We’ve had a requirement in place for imports from all nations to be labeled as to their country of origin since the Tariff Act of 1930. Specifics of this can be found via the US Customs and Border Protection web site.

Prior to importing your goods into the United States, you should ensure the overseas supplier has marked the goods with the country of origin. For example, goods originating in China should be marked “Made in China”. The marking must be legible and permanent enough for the ultimate purchaser to be made aware of the goods origin.

The ultimate purchaser is the person who will last purchase or receive the article in the condition in which it was imported. That could be a consumer (one who buys), processor (one who further processes materials or recipient (receiver of a gift).

There are exceptions to this requirement. For instance, for goods that are incapable of being marked (i.e. fruit), it is appropriate to mark the outer container with the country of origin.

One could argue, I suppose, that all such labeling might be a useful tool for people looking to organize a boycott or simply promote the purchase of Made in America goods, but it’s nothing specific to Israel on our side of the ocean. The real change here has to do with removing the “made in Israel” label from products produced in Palestinian territory. That does leave one to wonder what the label is supposed to be replaced with if Palestine still isn’t “officially” a nation. As noted above, all imported goods (with a few exceptions for perishables) have to say they came from somewhere.

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Boxer or Berdan? That would help.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

בית הלבן טיפש

Stupid White House.

canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 10:06 AM

So the products, which must be labeled according to the Tariff Act of 1930, now say “Made in Land Stolen by the Jooooos”?

Or, “Made in Gaza, So Use Caution”?

Guessing it’s something closer to the former.

BKeyser on January 30, 2016 at 10:08 AM

It’s difficult to believe that with all the screwball Muslims running around the world that our president has to be considered when deliberating who is the world’s most virulent anti Semite is.

turfmann on January 30, 2016 at 10:09 AM

I see the problem with this, but I kind of like the idea. IMI (now Israel Weapons Industries) makes some very nice firearms and I would look for the label.

cozmo on January 30, 2016 at 10:09 AM

The Muslim-controlled areas of Israel are hell holes and their products are not fit for consumption.

This is probably a good thing.

Valiant on January 30, 2016 at 10:10 AM

I will be so darned happy when president mom-jeans and his clown-car posse administration are out of office, and a new administration is in place.

I’ll be happy with any right-side of the aisle candidate that will act like an adult and stop all this petty foolishness.

TKindred on January 30, 2016 at 10:15 AM

They should require us to label our products by the state they were made in.

John Deaux on January 30, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Boxer or Berdan? That would help.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Thank goodness all the IMI stuff is Boxer – I can’t reload Berdan.

Hill60 on January 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Boxer or Berdan? That would help.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Large rifle or small rifle?

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Just as long as we can get similar labeling for anything that comes the White House that say from “F**king anti-American terrorist supporting scumbag”. Fair is fair. F’ing dimocrat hypocrites.

bbinfl on January 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Thanks, Obama!

I’ll buy every West Bank thing that I can use!

Now, excuse me, while I go fire up the Soda Stream, ya douche.

M240H on January 30, 2016 at 10:21 AM

A memo issued earlier this month by the Obama administration directs the U.S. “trade community” and government partner agencies to explicitly label Israeli-made goods that have been produced in the West Bank.

Memo? Directs? Trade community? What force and authority does this “memo” carry?

The west bank is Israel. Deal with it.

Blake on January 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

In the long run, this simply hurts goods that are produced by Arabs in the Qualifying Industrial Zones of the West Bank.

If these good, labeled as such in the directive, are not purchased by groups in the United States, it’s Israeli AND Arabs who will suffer from decreased sales of these good.

But of course, this also can help stir up more distrust and anger (as if there isn’t any to start with) among West Bank inhabitants.

Good going Obama, nothing like leaving well enough alone.

Walter L. Newton on January 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

.. a hint of antisemitism… from the ‘Made in Indonesia’ JugEarred wonder.

JugEarsButtHurt on January 30, 2016 at 10:28 AM

This is a good article on this current subject from an Israeli point of view.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Obama-administration-reissues-labeling-order-on-West-Bank-products-443278

Walter L. Newton on January 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM

And there’s nothing like a little back-biting from the French to help stir the pot.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-slams-French-peace-plan-as-encouraging-Palestinian-intransigence-443264

Walter L. Newton on January 30, 2016 at 10:31 AM

This seems to be in keeping with previous statements from the President supporting the EU in this matter and expressing “concerns” over Israeli settlement activity.

So, Israeli “settlements” in their own territory granted through multiple historical precedents are the subject of agonized international hand-flapping and WTF stompy fits, but assaults, rapes, murders, etc., from fake asylum and clouds of ILLEGAL roaches are instead to be ignored, are reasons to shut down major news outlet reports – and of course, provide opportunities for closet subversive muzztard sympathizer usurpers to give lectures on the Crusades. Let’s also not forget the “lectures” about the “questionable” Holocaust from drooling, moronic “regional authorities” on the subject.

RL on January 30, 2016 at 10:36 AM

The EU is basically trying to put into effect the same thing that the Obama administration is talking about. In both the U.S. and the EU, products made in the main part of Israel are labeled “made in Israel,” as they should be.

But the EU recently ordered that products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank or Golan Heights should be labeled as “made in the West Bank (Israeli settlement)” or “made in the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement).” If the product is made in East Jerusalem, they didn’t say how it should be labeled, but they don’t want it labeled as “made in Israel” because they don’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem.

The big hypocrisy is that the EU doesn’t have requirements like that for any other territorial dispute.

J.S.K. on January 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM

How come jug ears isnt issuing directives aimed at palis to stop stabbing people? They are now targeting women and especially pregnant women.

Blake on January 30, 2016 at 10:43 AM

If BiBi wants to really piss the Dog Eater off, he should have all the West Bank and Gaza products marked “Made in Jerusalem, the Capitol of Israel.”

TXUS on January 30, 2016 at 10:44 AM


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canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Poor, Israel. They have to put up with so much crap.

Blake on January 30, 2016 at 10:48 AM

I appreciate the heads up. I wouldn’t want to inadvertently help the terrorists.

OldEnglish on January 30, 2016 at 10:50 AM

canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 10:45 AM

G’day, canopfor. Coming right after the visit to Italy by the Iranian mucky-mucky. I don’t suspect a thing – honest!

OldEnglish on January 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Well then I guess everything coming from the PRC should now be labeled “Made in Communist China” or “Made in Red China” just so we ignorant peasants don’t get confused.

Oldnuke on January 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Solution.
Just like OUR -“Assembled in America” ruse we have, (where the product is basically imported from China and repackaged here in the U.S.)- Israel should ship this “mis-leading” product from West Bank then, over the wall and repackage in Israel- outside of the prying eyes of the Pro-Muslim advocates/politicians- Barak Hussein included.

FlaMurph on January 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Hope and change.

Oldnuke on January 30, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Gaza and the West Bank belong to Israel.

It was a mistake to give any governance of these two regions (and the Golan Heights) to the Pal.’s. Israel should
1. reclaim Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan Heights
2. empty these regions of Palestinians
3. build large numbers of settlements in these areas for Jews only.

chuckh on January 30, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Boycotts are a two-way street.

How many Palestinians work in factories and shops…..and won’t have jobs if people stop buying products made in “Gaza” or “The West Bank”?

GarandFan on January 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM

“MADE BY JOOOOOOS”

Has the Affirmative-action disaster preznit demanded yellow stars on the packages?

viking01 on January 30, 2016 at 11:46 AM

I wonder if everything the Obamas wear has the union label.
https://youtu.be/7Lg4gGk53iY

Seth Halpern on January 30, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Is there somewhere that we can get a list of items produced in the newer Israeli territories? There might be something I want that I could justify to my wife.

I really didn’t want a Sodastream, but since it was made in Israel, I felt I had to buy one.

MaTaesung on January 30, 2016 at 12:17 PM

This “Idiot and Thief” won’t be gone when he is out of office. He has created such a shadow government inside our government that even if the most credible Republican candidate is elected they will be playing catch-up trying to re-balance and undo the garbage this man has created. I with confidence believe Obama has created so many back-doors in government for himself that he will be able to function like he never left. We have truly been invaded by the Islamic World.

Nat George on January 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Allow me to toss another grenade on the fire – where is the Constitutional authority for the executive branch to make this change?

Steve Eggleston on January 30, 2016 at 12:22 PM

I will be so darned happy when president mom-jeans and his clown-car posse administration are out of office, and a new administration is in place.

I’ll be happy with any right-side of the aisle candidate that will act like an adult and stop all this petty foolishness.

TKindred on January 30, 2016 at 10:15 AM

355 days 23 hrs. 35 minutes

wifarmboy on January 30, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Valerie must be running out of things to screw up over here.

Cleombrotus on January 30, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Nat George on January 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Just think about what they’ve done to the intelligence services if you want something to keep you up at night.

Cleombrotus on January 30, 2016 at 12:28 PM

O/T:
https://youtu.be/qzESWkLZzzQ

Seth Halpern on January 30, 2016 at 12:35 PM

I don’t see how most American Jews can complain since they vote for this crap

Mr Soames on January 30, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Just as long as we can get similar labeling for anything that comes the White House that say from “F**king anti-American terrorist supporting scumbag”. Fair is fair. F’ing dimocrat hypocrites.

bbinfl on January 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Similarly, all directives, tax forms, and regulations should bear the “Screwed up by the Obama Administration” label on every page.

landlines on January 30, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Seth Halpern on January 30, 2016 at 12:35 PM

It’s happening. Somehow, that strangely fits with this news.

Romans 1. Fatima… We were warned.

pannw on January 30, 2016 at 1:10 PM

This must come from the article in the constitution that says the govt gets to do things to us for our own damn good. Bend over, peasants.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Made In Former Terrorist Hell-hole.

Meremortal on January 30, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Once again, the Obama Administration gets away with another completely illegal act. The Constitution explicitly states that the regulation of trade with other nations is the responsibility of Congress.

RockinRickOwen on January 30, 2016 at 1:26 PM

“It’s actually a demand to stop labeling goods that way if they are produced in either the West Bank or Gaza.”

For an internationalist who proclaimed the U.S. will stop its imperious meddling in the affairs of other nations, Obama sure does meddle a lot in the affairs of other nations.

No doubt, the Spite House has issued a similar edict toward Russia concerning recently invaded Georgia, and Myanmar’s brutal communist takeover in Burma. And what about them Falkland Islands, eh, Britain?

King Obama demands you dot those ‘t’s and cross them ‘i’s!

locomotivebreath1901 on January 30, 2016 at 1:31 PM

I thought Israel completely, and I mean completely, withdrew from Gaza?
Any Israeli company still operating within Gaza gets what they deserve.
As to the West Bank, according to the traditions of land warfare, Israel owns that land after defeating the Arab Legion in ’67.
It should not even be a question.
I suppose next there will have to be special labeling for anything from a business located in East Jerusalem?

Another Drew on January 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

.. a hint of antisemitism… from the ‘Made in Indonesia’ JugEarred wonder.

JugEarsButtHurt on January 30, 2016 at 10:28 AM

This Anti-American Communist Crypto Muslim was/is

Made in Kenya.

Assembled in Indonesia.

Imported by Muslim Brotherhood

Operated by Iran

jake1246 on January 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

jake1246 on January 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

:)

YiZhangZhe on January 30, 2016 at 2:12 PM

And some wonder why this POS is giving Iran nukes and money

The Notorious G.O.P on January 30, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Obama’s hatred of Israel knows no bounds. Obama has repeatedly shown hatred of the police, whites, jews and occasionally Americans. What a pathetic President.

leader4hru on January 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Israel gave back the West Bank, so why should it say Made in Israel. Isn’t that area Palestine? What’s the problem.

cimbri on January 30, 2016 at 2:48 PM

More anti-Israel garbage from this anti-American pResident and administration.

TerryW on January 30, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Allow me to toss another grenade on the fire – where is the Constitutional authority for the executive branch to make this change?

Steve Eggleston on January 30, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Forget to pack your sarc tags, Steve?

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 8:09 PM

The EU is basically trying to put into effect the same thing that the Obama administration is talking about. In both the U.S. and the EU, products made in the main part of Israel are labeled “made in Israel,” as they should be.

But the EU recently ordered that products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank or Golan Heights should be labeled as “made in the West Bank (Israeli settlement)” or “made in the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement).” If the product is made in East Jerusalem, they didn’t say how it should be labeled, but they don’t want it labeled as “made in Israel” because they don’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem.

The big hypocrisy is that the EU doesn’t have requirements like that for any other territorial dispute.

J.S.K. on January 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Saw that in the news reports from other sources.
BIG hypocrisy, and we all know why.

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 8:10 PM

The EU is basically trying to put into effect the same thing that the Obama administration is talking about. In both the U.S. and the EU, products made in the main part of Israel are labeled “made in Israel,” as they should be.

But the EU recently ordered that products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank or Golan Heights should be labeled as “made in the West Bank (Israeli settlement)” or “made in the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement).” If the product is made in East Jerusalem, they didn’t say how it should be labeled, but they don’t want it labeled as “made in Israel” because they don’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem.

The big hypocrisy is that the EU doesn’t have requirements like that for any other territorial dispute.

J.S.K. on January 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Saw that in the news reports from other sources.
BIG hypocrisy, and we all know why.

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 8:10 PM

This “Idiot and Thief” won’t be gone when he is out of office. He has created such a shadow government inside our government that even if the most credible Republican candidate is elected they will be playing catch-up trying to re-balance and undo the garbage this man has created. I with confidence believe Obama has created so many back-doors in government for himself that he will be able to function like he never left. We have truly been invaded by the Islamic World.

Nat George on January 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

TFHS lives on.

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 9:01 PM

In the long run, this simply hurts goods that are produced by Arabs in the Qualifying Industrial Zones of the West Bank.

If these good, labeled as such in the directive, are not purchased by groups in the United States, it’s Israeli AND Arabs who will suffer from decreased sales of these good.

But of course, this also can help stir up more distrust and anger (as if there isn’t any to start with) among West Bank inhabitants.

Good going Obama, nothing like leaving well enough alone.

Walter L. Newton on January 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Palestinians who were working for Israeli companies lost their jobs, when the employers moved back inside the borders that ARE recognized (for now, unless you are NPR).

Belated welcome back, Walter.

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Look for the terrorist label…

GrumpyOldFart on February 1, 2016 at 7:12 AM