WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade, introduced H.R. 4503, the Fair Treatment of Israel in Product Labeling Act of 2016. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) authored the companion bill in the Senate. This legislation would rescind the Obama Administration’s recent policy directive based on an old 1995 rule requiring the special labeling of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
“This Administration’s senseless practice of undermining Israel both geopolitically and now economically has driven yet another wedge in our bilateral relations. Congress has the obligation to make this right. Isolating Israel from global trade should not be the official policy of the United States. Despite the actions of this White House the United States will always stand with our strongest ally in the Middle East.”
Background: On January 23rd, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency issued guidance indicating that “it is not acceptable to mark” goods produced in the West Bank or Gaza Strip as originating from Israel.