Jews 'Disappointed' at South African Labelling Issue

By JTA

Published May 24, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies was “very disappointed” with its meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on the labeling of products from the West Bank, a board spokeswoman said.

Thursday morning’s meeting with Davies at his office in Cape Town was held to discuss Davies’ proposal to ban labeling products from the West Bank as originating from Israel.

”Minister Davies is truly engaged with his proposal,” spokeswoman Wendy Kahn told JTA. “He is adamant that the notice will come through. We have made clear the point that it would have been more useful to allow South African stakeholders to participate in the elaboration of the proposal in order to find a more balanced way to deal with the issue, but in vain.”

In a notice printed earlier this month in a governmental publication, Davies declared that South African consumers should not be misled into believing that products originating from what he called the OPT, or Occupied Palestinian Territories, are products originating from Israel. Davies specified in his notice some ”misleading labeled products” as “Ahava products, and other Cosmetic brands, technology and soft drinks.”

Kahn said the minister did not propose any constructive way to advance the discussion.

She also said that the Board of Deputies, together with the South Africa Zionist Federation, will make submissions against the proposal, according to the established procedure, and act in other ways, as per the advice of its legal team.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.