New guidelines have been issued by the European Commission requiring clear labeling on certain products from Israeli settlements.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs, poultry, organic products and cosmetics must now be labeled as originating in an "Israeli settlement" to be sold throughout the European Union. For prepackaged food products and most industrial products, the labeling will be voluntary.
The EU recognizes the illegality of settlements built on Palestinian land occupied in 1967 under international law, viewing them as an obstacle to peace and a two-state solution. For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision "hypocritical" while Palestinian leaders hailed the decision positively.
Many turned to Twitter to express their support of the new decision, which will allow consumers in the EU to more easily avoid products that support the illegal occupation and oppression of Palestine.