Introduced in response to the notice issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on 1/23/16, reiterating long-standing U.S. policy that prohibits labeling Israeli-occupied-territory imports as Israeli products, this bill would establish new standards. For goods imported from the West Bank and Gaza, any of the following markings would be permitted: “Israel,” “Product of Israel,” “Made in Israel,” “West Bank,” “Gaza,” Gaza Strip,” “West Bank/Gaza,” or “West Bank/Gaza Strip.” This system would allow products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be labeled “Made in Israel,” and in so doing, it would significantly alter the U.S. position on Israel’s settlements. (For more on the USCBP notice, see Update on Conflict and Diplomacy in JPS 45 .)
7 cosponsors (7R).
See also: similar bill H.R. 4503 of 2/9/16, which offered a slightly different list of identifiers for products imported from Israel and the oPt.
Last major action: 2/1/16 referred to Senate Comm. on Finance.