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German department store boycotts Israeli products

KaDeWe in Berlin removes Israeli products from its shelves following EU decision to label Israeli products.

By Nitsan Keidar


In the wake of the European Union’s (EU) decision to label Israeli products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, a German department store has removed Israeli products from its shelves.

The store in question is KaDeWe, which is located in Berlin and is Europe’s largest department store. A spokeswoman for KaDeWe, told theDer Spiegel magazine that the store would return Israeli products to its shelves but “only after fixing the labels.”

She did not provide details on what kinds of products were pulled.

Responding to KaDeWe’s decision, a diplomatic source in Israel said on Saturday night that “KaDeWe’s move is appalling and disappointing. The store has a duty to repair the unnecessary damage it caused. Whoever starts with labeling products does not know how it will end.”

Following the EU’s labeling decision, Israeli officials responded with anger, saying the move was essentially a boycott of Israel.

EU officials, however, have denied that the EU is boycotting Israel. Last week, the EU’s ambassador to Israel


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