May 23, 2019
On May 21 and 22, 2019, Canada’s Federal Court in Toronto heard arguments as to the illegality of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.
The context for the debate about Israel’s settlements was a legal challenge by Jewish-Canadian human rights activist Dr. David Kattenburg to fraudulent “Product of Israel” labels affixed to bottles of West Bank settlement wines sold in Canada.
As I have previously reported here, I act for Dr. Kattenburg in his judicial review application.
Prior to the hearing of Dr. Kattenburg’s application this week, a prothonotary of the Federal Court granted intervenor status in the case to Independent Jewish Voices Canada, but denied intervener status to B’nai Brith Canada, which describes itself as a “staunch defender” of Israel.
Shortly prior to this week’s hearing, however, B’nai Brith appealed the decision of the prothonotary and was ultimately allowed to intervene on the narrow question of whether Israel’s settlements are illegal under international law.
Despite an overwhelming body of international legal authority declaring the settlements to be a “flagrant” and “grave” violation of international law, B’nai Brith argued in Court that the settlements are legal. Continue Reading ›