EU court: No tariff breaks for West Bank goods


(JTA) — The European Union’s high court has ruled that Israeli goods produced in the West Bank cannot receive EU tariff breaks.

The decision handed down Thursday by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice drew a legal distinction between Israel and areas located over the Green Line, according to the French news agency AFP.

The case before the court dealt with the German company Brita, which wanted to import drink makers and syrups from Soda-Club, which is based in the West Bank near Jerusalem. A German court had refused to extend EU trade privileges to the goods.

The EU court upheld the German court decision.

The ruling said that "Products originating in the West Bank do not fall within the territorial scope of the European Community-Israel agreement and do not therefore qualify for preferential treatment under that agreement."

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on the ruling.

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