CANADA - Court Reverses Settlement Product Labeling

Arno Froese

Products of Israeli companies in Judea and Samaria can be labeled “Made in Israel” for sale in Canada, after Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling that would have required labeling of settlement products.

The court determined that a lower court’s decision was made improperly and was not binding. Rather, the decision should go back to Canada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which had previously allowed wines made by Jews in Judea and Samaria to be labeled products of Israel.

Such labels are “false, misleading and deceptive,” Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish ruled in 2019 following a petition against the CFIA by David Kattenburg, a freelance writer and science teacher who has called Israel an apartheid state.

“CIJA believes that current labeling practices are fully consistent with the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, as well as Canadian and international law,” said Shimon Koffler Fogel, president of Canada’s Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. “We know this case is part of a broader campaign to boycott Israel and Israeli goods. Until there is a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, wines produced under the authority and regulatory framework of Israel should be labeled accordingly.”

“Consumer product labels exist to protect consumers,” RE-LAW LLP partner David Elmaleh said. “Weaponizing label requirements for political attacks against Jewish-owned businesses is not just a commercial threat to the targeted businesses, it also undermines trust in consumer safety information.”, 9 May 2021

Arno's Commentary

What does “occupied territory” mean? Definitions are vastly different and mainly based on modern history. The website of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva, Switzerland) gives this explanation: 

What is occupation? Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations (HR) states that a “territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.”

Going back historically, however, this opens a “can of worms.” After the First and Second World Wars, borders were drastically changed throughout Europe. Who occupied who was never answered.

Going back a little further, the 35 sovereign countries established on the American continent (North and South) can be considered “occupied territory” if one applies international law uniformly.

Is the Canadian court decision a permanent one? Definitely not.

From a Biblical perspective, we know that all the nations of the world are involved in the partition of the Promised Land; thus, the world will be judged. Why? Because they “parted my land” (Joel 3:2b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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