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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2018
Joint answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: E-001338/18 , E-000433/18
Question references: E-000433/2018, E-001338/2018

The European Union (EU) has not changed its position in any way regarding the so-called ‘Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions’ (‘BDS’) movement.

The EU rejects any attempts to isolate Israel and does not support calls for a boycott. At the same time, and in line with international law, the EU does not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory, irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law. As one of the consequences of this policy, Israel is obliged to clearly indicate the origin of goods from these territories upon their import to the EU.

The EU also stands firm in supporting freedom of expression and freedom of association, including the space for civil society organisations. Measures touching upon the role and functioning of civil society organisations should not have the effect of imposing arbitrary or disproportionate restrictions on the enjoyment of their rights, in line with international human rights standards.

The EU Delegation to Israel will continue to seek clarifications from Israeli authorities on cases of refusal of a visa or denial of a residence permit. The EU Delegation works closely with EU consular officials to monitor the application of entry guidelines with regard to EU citizens, in particular if fundamental freedoms are at stake.

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