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Israeli Report Claims Labeling Would Hurt Palestinian Economy

A report initiated by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin explains why labeling products made in Israeli settlements may harm, first and foremost, the Palestinian economy.
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Some 22,500 Palestinians are employed by Israeli settlers in plants and industrial centers in Judea and Samaria, and their combined annual income is estimated at about 1 billion shekels ($277 million).

These data are included in an internal document compiled in April by officials of Israel’s foreign ministry at the request of Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin, who is leading a campaign to stop settlement product labeling in Europe.

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