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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Israeli Settlement Export Tax

Switzerland will tax the products suspected of being imported from the Jewish settlements in Israel, AFP reports. This is a fair decision in that it reflects the EU's position that those settlements do not represent Israel proper and that their very legality is questionable,- which I think it is.

However, in the modern world outsourcing is so wide-spread that something labeled "Made in France" could have 60% of the parts manufactured in Malaysia or China, or something made in the US could essentially be assembled there, with all the parts foreign-made. In light of that, this decision by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) appears overly simplistic and probably very difficult to enforce.

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