The Palestinian Taybeh Wines and Beers are being blocked from being sold in Canada by the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) and CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and held in Canadian storage despite getting all the approval documents needed. The LCBO sited the July federal court ruling as the reason. The court ruled that labeling wines made in illegal settlements with a “product of Israel” label, is misleading and false.
Taybeh beverages are not made in a settlement and don't have a "product of Israel" label on them, yet the LCBO bizarrely claimed that the federal court ruling should relate to them as well.
To understand the details of this yet again controversial behavior by the LCBO and CFIA, I talked to Karen Rodman, Voluntary Executive Director of Palestine Just Trade, the agent of the Taybeh brewery in Canada.
Interviews by Sawssan Kaddoura for Under The Olive Tree