"Label the Occupation" is a landmark campaign which started as a complaint in March 2017 by Winnipeg human rights activist David Kattenburg to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding wines produced in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank of the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian Territories and imported and sold in Canada labeled "Product of Israel."
Although a wide variety of products produced in illegal Jewish settlements are available to consumers in Canada, the legality of their importation and sale bearing the false label “Product of Israel” has never been challenged before an agency of the government or in court.
The CFIA is the government body responsible for enforcing Canada's labelling regulations on consumer products. Kattenburg was concerned that the "Product of Israel" label for two imported wines - Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery - was in contravention of Canada's truthful or accurate labelling requirement and also contrary to Canada's official position which considers Israel's continued occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories is illegal. Currently there are approximately 600,000 Israeli settlers living in over 225 illegal settlements.
What started as a simple, straightforward complaint turned into a series of quick developments over the summer which have now resulted in a formal application before the Federal Court of Canada.
This website is a resource to help inform and update interested persons and communities on the facts and developments of this important case. It is also the central resource for news and actions. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in letters to key government Ministers, to media, to sign petitions, etc. Most critically, the campaign needs funds. The court case will be costly and your help is needed to raise $25,000. Please contribute today and urge your friends to do the same.
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