CANADIAN FEDERAL COURT RULES AGAINST FALSE LABELING OF WINES MADE IN WEST BANK SETTLEMENTSAugust 1, 2019
A Canadian Federal Court has ruled that wines produced in illegal settlements located in the occupied West Bank cannot continue to advertise that they are made in Israel. The judge rule on Monday, July 29, that Canadian consumers have a constitutional right to accurate labelling because their buying choices may be an expression of their thought, conscience or religious beliefs.
“One peaceful way in which people can express their political views is through their purchasing decisions,” she wrote. “To be able to express their views in this manner, however, consumers have to be provided with accurate information as to the source of the products in question.”
This landmark decision is the culmination of a two-year legal battle and enshrines the Canadian consumer’s right to voice their opposition to human rights violations and land theft in Canadian stores. CFOS strongly supports this decision and commends those who helped make it a reality, including David Kattenburg, who initiated the suit, and lawyer Dmitri Lascaris, who represented Mr. Kattenburg.
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