Federal Government to Appeal Court Decision on Labelling of West Bank Wines

September 6, 2019

Media Statement

Toronto (September 6, 2019) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) applauds the decision by the Attorney General to appeal the Federal Court ruling banning wines produced in the West Bank with the label “Product of Israel.”

“The Federal Court ruling was deeply problematic and we are very pleased that the Attorney General will be moving forward with an appeal,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo.  

In July, the Federal Court ruled that it was “misleading” for Israeli vintners east of the green line to label their wines as products of Israel. However, all wines in question are produced in Area C, which is controlled by Israel as per the 1995 Oslo Agreement.

“There is nothing misleading labelling a wine as a product of Israel if it is produced by Israelis in an area controlled by Israel,” Benlolo said. “We are hopeful that the Court of Appeal will overturn the ruling, which we feel effectively discriminates against Israelis in the West Bank.”

Media Contact:

Avital Borisovsky
Communications Associate
416-864-9735 ext. 29
aborisovsky@fswc.ca

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