Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal was quoted in the newspaper Politiken as saying that such a step would “clearly show consumers that the products are produced under conditions that not only the Danish government, but also European governments, do not approve of.”
The decision is to support the notion of a “two-state solution,” Sovndal added.
The move follows reports of a recent decision by the minister for trade and industry, Rob Devies, in South Africa announced this month that Israel would henceforth be obliged to label any products it makes on Palestinian land as “Made in Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
South Africa recognizes the State of Israel only within the borders demarcated by the UN in 1948.
Minister Rob Davies said he would “require traders in SA not to incorrectly label products that originate from occupied Palestinian territory as products of Israel” adding, “Consumers in SA should not be misled into believing products originating from occupied territories are products originating from Israel. The burden of proving where the products originate will lie with the traders,” IMEMC reported.
This has outraged Israeli officials as Israeli Foreign Minister labeled the decision as an “essentially racist decision”. The Israeli Foreign Ministry was said to be seeking clarification both here and in South Africa concerning the decision with some calls to downgrade South Africa’s diplomatic status, according to Haaretz.
Both states, however, noted the moves do not intend to support a boycott of Israeli goods but only those produced in territories occupied after 1967, when Israeli troops occupied additional land in Palestine, Egypt and Syria.