Eighteen Israeli businesses supply the Netherlands with products from illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. 38 Dutch companies do business with the Israeli occupation. Some of them, among which supermarkets C1000 and pharmacists Jumbo and pharmacists Kring Apotheken, present these products to the Dutch market as 'made in Israel'.
This information comes from a report published today that research bureau Profundo prepared for Cordaid, ICCO and IKV Pax Christi. It is entitled 'Dutch Economic Links With the Occupation'. The report shows that the Netherlands is the third largest European export market for products from Israel. In 2012, Israeli exports to the Netherlands came to 2.3 billion dollars. Many foodstuffs produced in the settlements are sold in Dutch supermarkets as a 'product of Israel'. Among them are dates, grapes, pomegranates, almonds, olives, nectarines, melons and cucumbers. Cut flowers exported to the Netherlands also often come from illegal settlements.
Relying on international law, the Dutch government has unequivocally affirmed that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory are illegal. Therefore, according to the report's authors, these trade relations must be halted. Cordaid, ICCO and IKV Pax Christi have not turned against products from Israel or against Palestinian products. The problem lies in products from illegal Israeli settlements.
In the report, the organisations recommend ending ties to illegal occupation. Therefore, the European Union and the Dutch government must turn their political disapproval of the settlements into tangible trade and investment policy. Companies must, in their turn, adjust their investment, import and sales policies.
Read here the press release entitled Call to Dutch Businesses: Terminate Ties to Israeli Occupation.
Download the report on Dutch Economic Links With the Occupation.