Britain expands war on Israeli settlements

Thursday, December 18, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

The British government this week stepped up its efforts to stifle Jewish growth in Judea and Samaria by warning British citizens against purchasing houses or property in Jewish settlements.

Ha'aretz reported that London also imposed measures tying the recent upgrade of relations between Israel and the European Union to the cessation of construction in the Jewish communities of the so-called "West Bank."

Last month Britain demanded that EU members states more vigorously implement a decision to clearly label Israeli products made in the settlements in order to deter European consumers from purchasing them.

Ha'aretz further reported that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently sent a letter to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pledging ongoing British involvement in the Arab world's battle to remove the Jewish presence from those biblical lands.

Despite these determined efforts, census data released by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics last month revealed that the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria continues to grow at a far faster pace than anywhere else in the country.

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