Canada removes "Made in Israel"
10:09 - 30/07/2019
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A Canadian federal judge has ruled out banning "made in Israel" two types of wine produced by settlements in the occupied West Bank. The judge ruled that the label was false and denied Canadians the choice to boycott the products, according to Canada's Globe and Mail.
"Canadian consumers have a constitutional right to put precise marks, because their buying options may be an expression of their religious thoughts, conscience or beliefs," said the decision of the Federal Court of Canada.
The case came to the federal court after David Katenberg, a Canadian resident of Winnipeg, fought a two-and-a-half-year battle to change the posters, describing their presence as an affront to human rights and conscience.
The verdict may have long-term consequences, according to lawyer Dmitry Laskaris, who represented Katenberg. "This ruling will have implications for any decision to buy by a consumer on matters of conscience. For example, animal rights will have the right to challenge inaccurate posters, .
The Canadian government took the position that consumer protection laws were not intended to provide information on sensitive geopolitical issues.
The government representative said that those who want such information in this case can "only look for the name of wineries through Google," asserting that "consumers are entitled to accurate information for reasons of health and safety and not for reasons of conscience."
The judgment means that the Canadian Food Inspection Authority needs to review the markings on the two types of wine produced in the settlements and any other products that meet the same specifications. Ending / 25