The Soda Club: EU Applies Pressure To Isreal
The Soda Club, an Israeli run company based in the Palestinian West Bank, is being scrutinized under EU trade policies. All Israeli goods imported into the European Union (EU) do not receive duties; however, the Soda Club is operated in an Israel settlement not recognized by the EU. The Hamburg Finance Court must decide to either deny or allow The Soda Club products into Germany with or without a duty. The decision will be a proxy on all EU-Israeli relations due to Israeli settlement in Palestinian occupied land.
Soda-Club's products are at the center of a legal dispute with Germany that could significantly intensify the already heated debate over Israel's settlement policy.
The decision, which inevitably will be passed, is the first restriction the EU has placed on goods imported from Israeli territories and one of the first concrete efforts to apply pressure on Israel. The EU is the second largest importer of Israeli goods after the US, reaching €12 billion in 2008.