This past week, I spoke with Gregory Wilpert of The Real News Network regarding the Federal Court of Canada’s landmark decision that “product of Israel” labels on wines made in West Bank settlements are “false, misleading and deceptive”: Continue Reading ›
Canada’s Federal Court Rules that “Product of Israel” Labels on West Bank Settlement Wines Are “False, Misleading and Deceptive”
As I have previously reported, I am legal counsel to Dr. David Kattenburg in a judicial review application brought in the Federal Court of Canada.
Dr. Kattenburg, a member of Winnipeg’s Jewish community and a child of Holocaust survivors, complained in early 2017 to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about two wines produced in Israel’s illegal West Bank settlements.
Those wines were being sold in Canada bearing “Product of Israel” labels. Citing the Canadian government’s own acknowledgement that the West Bank is occupied Palestinian territory and that it does not form part of the state of Israel, Dr. Kattenburg argued that the labels were false and that they violated Canadian consumer protection legislation, which requires accurate country-of-origin labelling.
After months of careful consideration of Dr. Kattenburg’s complaint, the CFIA ruled that the “Product of Israel” labels did indeed violate Canadian consumer protection laws, but within hours of the CFIA’s decision becoming known to the pro-Israel lobby, the lobby persuaded the government of Justin Trudeau to pressure the CFIA into reversing itself.
Weeks later, Dr. Kattenburg commenced a judicial review application in the Federal Court of Canada.
Today, the Federal Court issued its decision. Continue Reading ›
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Minister Marc Garneau has never missed an opportunity to lavish support on Israel, a serial human rights abuser. Continue Reading ›
For The Real News, I spoke to NASA scientist Claire Parkinson about two new studies that have raised alarms about the state of ice in Antarctica. Continue Reading ›