Label the Occupation

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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 of the 4th Geneva Convention) 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.

For further details, please visit these three links:

https://dimitrilascaris.org/2017/10/25/fraudulently-labeled-product-of-israel-wines-challenged-in-federal-court-of-canada/

https://dimitrilascaris.org/2017/08/07/dr-david-kattenburg-files-appeal-from-canadian-food-inspection-agency-decision-to-allow-false-and-deceptive-labels-on-wines-from-illegal-israeli-settlements/

https://dimitrilascaris.org/2017/08/17/label-the-occupation-dr-david-kattenburg-files-further-material-with-the-cfias-complaints-appeals-office/
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Greetings to all supporters of our Label the Occupation GoFundMe campaign. Quick update:

After much arduous work on the part of my attorney, Dimitri Lascaris (who is doing all this pro bono), we served our supporting affidavits on the Attorney General’s lawyers yesterday. Our affidavit package included an expert opinion from a distinguished Israeli lawyer specializing in the international humanitarian and human rights dimensions of Israel's permanent occupation of the West Bank. His opinion centers around the legality of Israel's settlements under international law, and the question of Israeli 'sovereignty'. Commissioning this opinion has consumed most of what we've raised to date. The Attorney General's responding affidavits are due on April 30. Out-of-court cross-examinations on the affidavits will occur after April 30. A hearing will probably be held in the fall due to some scheduling changes that we and the Attorney General’s lawyers agreed to. No date has been set yet for this.

I have no idea whether this update actually gets through to our generous donors, so thanks for sending a brief email to kattenbu at mts dot net, confirming you've received this.

Your support for our LabelTheOccupation campaign is greatly appreciated. We'll be needing to raise more, as all this proceeds. Thanks for sharing our campaign link.

Warm regards ...

David Kattenburg
Winnipeg
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Hello, friends ... Our Notice of Application to the Federal Court of Canada is now in. We'll be filing my affidavit shortly. Your financial support is greatly appreciated. We're over $2000, creeping upwards. Who's gonna push us up to $3000? Canadians have the right to know where their wine products come from, so they can choose whether or not to aid and abet war crimes. Please contribute, if you haven't already. Please pass this message on to deep-pocketed friends of justice and the rule of law -- in Palestine and Canada.
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Hey folks ... This campaign is moving upwards. We're currently at $1530. Who's going to push us over $2000? Two or three of you can do it.
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