Srinagar, November 12, 2015 (PPI-OT): Israeli minister has acknowledged that Kashmir is an occupied territory. As per a story put out by Reuters, and picked up by various media outlets across the world, the remark came from the Israeli Energy Minister, Yuval Steinitz, who was responding to the European Union’s move to impose labelling on goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Speaking against the EU’s labelling imposition, Yuval reportedly called it a case of ‘double standards’, given that the EU was not enforcing this practice in “other places of occupation, such as northern Cyprus, Western Sahara, Kashmir or Tibet”.
The Israeli remark will certainly cause some red faces in New Delhi, given the close ties between the Zionist entity and India, and the consequent embarrassment caused by a major ally categorizing Kashmir as an occupied land. The EU, like much of the world, does not recognise Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. And Israel has been chafing at this refusal and trying its best to legitimize its control over these lands. The EU’s reasoning is that the policy aims to distinguish between goods made inside the internationally accepted borders of Israel and those made outside, on occupied land.
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