Label the Occupation

Winnipeg human rights activist David Kattenburg wants the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to restore and enforce its July 6, 2017 ruling (issued in response to  Dr. Kattenburg's original late March complaint) that wine products produced in Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank -- illegal under Article 49(6) of the 4th Geneva Convention; a 'war crime' under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court -- must be truthfully labeled as such, rather than "Product of Israel," as is currently the case, in order for them to be sold in Canada.

The CFIA reversed its ruling in mid-July, under pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups.

On August 6, Dr. Kattenburg appealed the CFIA’s Reversal Decision. On September 28, the CFIA’s Complaints & Appeals Office informed Kattenburg that the CFIA stands by its decision to allow settlement wines to be sold on Canadian stores shelves, bearing the false and misleading label "Product of Israel."

The CFIA is standing by its self-reversal, even though the “Product of Israel” indication of origin on settlement wines is false and misleading, and the very production of the wines is in grievous violation of international law, which the government of Canada is duty bound to uphold.

Accordingly, Dr. Kattenburg is now taking the Canadian government to court. A Notice of Application for judicial review was filed in the Federal Court of Canada on October 24.

Although a wide variety of products produced in illegal Jewish settlements are available to Canadian consumers, the legality of their importation and sale — bearing the patently false label “Product of Israel” — has never been challenged in court.

Ontario lawyer Dimitri Lascaris is representing David on a  pro bono basis, but other costs are anticipated, including the cost of setbacks along the way. Funds will be used to cover these costs. Unspent funds will be donated to not-for-profit Palestinian solidarity organizations in Canada.

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David Kattenburg 
Winnipeg, MB
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