December 7, 2023


Discover The Difference

Land of wine and honey? Israeli settlers export to UAE, to Palestinian chagrin

REHELIM, West Bank/DUBAI (Reuters) – Wine generated in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and labelled “from the land of Israel” will soon be out there for sale in the United Arab Emirates, settler company leaders claimed.

Palestinians have condemned the export deal, indicating settlements are illegal beneath worldwide legislation, a perspective shared by many nations around the world but disputed by Israel.

Immediately after forging official relations with the UAE last 12 months below a U.S.-brokered offer that enraged Palestinians, bottles from Tura Winery in the Rehelim settlement are now in inventory in the UAE, an liquor retailer there stated, though they did not look to be on shelves but.

The winery’s owner, Vered Ben-Sa’adon, told Reuters the exports showed that new Israel-UAE ties also extended to settlements, on West Financial institution land captured in a 1967 war and that Palestinians seek for a point out.

“It’s really fascinating for (folks in the UAE) to feel the peace procedure, to be a section of it. When you sit in a resort in Abu Dhabi, and drink a glass of Tura (wine), it’s to be a aspect of historical past,” mentioned Ben-Sa’adon, 44.

Tura, which also makes and has sent olive oil to the UAE, sites labels on its wine bottles that consist of the line: “WINE FROM THE LAND OF ISRAEL”.

Tura mentioned the phrase referred to an area that involves Israel and the West Financial institution, wherever settlers stake a biblical claim to land they refer to as Judea and Samaria.

The UAE declined comment when questioned for the government’s place on Israel’s settlements, but it has reported that its relations with Israel would advance peace in the area.

The UAE has not mentioned if it would location distinctive labels on settler products expressing they were being manufactured in settlements.

This sort of labels are demanded by the European Union.

But under guidelines issued by outgoing President Donald Trump’s administration previous 12 months, the United States, Israel’s closest ally, explained its imports from settlements ought to be marked “Made in Israel” or “Product of Israel”.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has been critical of Israel’s settlements, but has not stated if he would modify the Trump administration’s labelling pointers.


“It breaks your coronary heart to see your Muslim brothers (in the UAE) guidance your enemy at your price,” explained Nizam Abdul Razzaq, 57, a Palestinian olive and bee farmer in Yasouf, a village two km (1.2 miles) from Rehelim.

A representative of African + Eastern, an liquor retailer in the UAE, said it had Tura wines in stock, though they were not yet offered on store shelves. The retailer also sells wine imported from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Pics posted to Tura’s Facebook web page exhibit it held a signing ceremony in Dubai in December with FAM Holding, a UAE small business conglomerate. A bottle of Tura wine can be observed on the table at the celebration.

An FAM agent claimed it had import deals for wine and olive oil with Tura and for honey with Paradise Honey, a organization in the West Financial institution settlement of Hermesh.

FAM’s Israel imports have been accepted by the UAE govt, the consultant included, without having saying if origin labels would be needed.

Matan Paradise, whose relatives runs Paradise Honey, claimed they had despatched a “small, 1st cargo to Dubai. I hope in the up coming thirty day period we will send out a ton extra.”

The economy ministry of the Palestinian Authority, which has minimal self-rule in the West Lender, referred to as the UAE’s purchase of settlement items “a flagrant violation of intercontinental legislation … and an endeavor to legitimise settlements in occupied territory.”

Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal, citing biblical, historic and political connections to the land, as well as stability wants. Around 440,000 settlers dwell in the West Financial institution between some 3 million Palestinians.

Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in the West Financial institution Enhancing Jeffrey Heller and Mike Collett-White