Al-Haq Calls on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to Release Taybeh

24، Oct 2019

Al Haq release can be read HERE

Al-Haq Calls on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to Release Taybeh Wines for Local Sale

In March 2019, Palestine Just Trade Incorporated (PJTI), a Canadian corporation, received approval from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) for the import of 5 types of beers and 5 varieties of wines from Taybeh Brewing Company, a Palestinian brewery based in Taybeh in the occupied West Bank. The labels for each of these ten Taybeh products were pre-approved before shipping by the LCBO on 28 March 2019.  The label approvals included the product origin as “Product of Palestine.” PJTI explained to Al-Haq, that in May 2019, the Taybeh products were shipped along with a consolidated order from Haifa, which included goods labeled, “Product of Israel”. At the time, the shipment represented the first ever export of Taybeh products or any other Palestinian beer and wine into the Canadian market. 

According to PTJI, the container of Taybeh beers and wines arrived in Canada on 16 July 2019, whereupon LCBO began the processing and testing of products, as per usual processes. On 2 August 2019, the Taybeh products were ready for sale to the Canadian market.[1] However on 6 August, PJTI received a message that LCBO had placed the Taybeh products on hold, due a recent Federal Court decision, whereupon PJTI immediately notified Taybeh of the delay. 

On 29 July 2019, the Federal Court of Canada ruled in Kattenburg vs. Attorney General of Canada, that illegal settlement products cannot be labeled as “Product of Israel” as Canadian law requires that consumers have accurate information to inform their purchasing decisions. Now following the ruling in this case, Canada has delayed the Taybeh imports for labeling assessment, even though these are legitimate Palestinian products.[2]  There is no indication that any Israeli products including those from settlements, illegal under international law and recognized as such by Canada, have been held for such assessments.[3]  On 6 September 2019, the Canada’s Attorney General initiated an appeal of federal court decision in Kattenberg.[4]

On 27 August 2019, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) then informed legal counsel for PJTI that it was waiting on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for further instructions on labeling.  PJTI and Taybeh continue to wait for a decision by the LCBO for release and/or relabeling of the Taybeh wine and beer.

1. Israel’s Deliberate Delays to Frustrate Taybeh Exports

Israel routinely delays and hinders the export of Palestinian products, impeding the development of Palestine’s export economy. Mr. Nadim Kanaan Daoud Khoury, the manager of Taybeh, described to Al-Haq, how Taybeh had “obtained the necessary licenses from the Palestinian Authority and from the Israeli authorities as we export through Israeli ports.”[5] However, according to Mr. Khoury, the Israeli authorities had initially refused to mix “Product of Israel” goods with “Product of Palestine.”

2. Discriminatory Application of Canadian Law

The Canadian authorities have further unduly delayed the import of Palestinian Taybeh wines and beers, despite Palestinian Authority (PA) assurances to the CFIA, “that the Taybeh products that have been placed on hold have not been produced in any Israeli settlement.”[6] Meanwhile, over 60 illegal settlement wines currently produced in the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territory, yet labeled as “the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights or Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory” are being sold freely to consumers on the Canadian market,[7]highlighting Canada’s discriminatory import practices and bias rationale against Palestinian products. 

3. Legal Analysis

It must be noted that the State of Palestine, while not recognized by Canada, is internationally recognized as a non-member observer State of the United Nations and is party to over 60 international multilateral treaties.[8] In addition, following the adoption of the Oslo Accords, Canada and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) entered the Joint Canadian-Palestinian Framework for Economic Cooperation and Trade Between Canada and the Palestine Liberation Organization on Behalf of the Palestinian Authority, in recognition that “economic development is essential to peace and stability”.[9]  In this vein, the Canadian government assures that “Palestinian exports to Canada benefit from preferential treatment offered in the 1997 Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA)”[10] and the modernized CIFTA that came in place on September 1, 2019.[11] 

However, as a High Contracting Party to the Fourth Geneva Convention, Canada has an obligation to respect and ensure respect for the Convention.[12]  In addition, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2334 (2016), calls on States to distinguish in their dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and territories occupied in 1967. By allowing settlement producers to freely import goods labeled “the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights or Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory” and delaying the import of Palestinian products labeled as “Product of Palestine”; Canada is simply facilitating the theft of Palestinian land and validating it commercially, in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention and UNSC resolution 2334, while denying Palestinian economic development.

Al-Haq calls on Canada to immediately release Taybeh wines and beers for import into the Canadian market without any further and undue delay, and further calls on Canada to take steps to not only ensure the accurate labeling of goods, but to prohibit the import of illegal settlement goods and services into the Canadian market, in compliance with international law.

Taybeh is HERE, but on HOLD by LCBO as Directed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The World Destination Program of the LCBO arranged to include five Nadim wines by Taybeh, and five varieties of Taybeh beer earlier this year. The product arrived in Canada, and was ready for release in early August when notification came that the product was being put on hold.

Earlier this month, just as shipments were ready to go to local LCBO stores for private order pick up, as well as to be put onto the e-commerce channel for offering through the LCBO World Destination Program, the LCBO informed Palestine Just Trade that “due to the recent decision by the Federal Court regarding labeling requirements for wines from this region, we have placed these products on hold.”

Today, August 28, 2019, Dimitri Lascaris, legal counsel for Palestine Just Trade sent a letter to the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and copied the LCBO on it. You can read the letter HERE. An accompanying list of alcohol products listed for sale in Canada with the label “product of Israel” that are known to be from Israeli settlements considered illegal by international law can be seen HERE.

In our letter today we indicated to the CFIA with copy to the LCBO that “we are at a loss to understand how the CFIA can continue to allow the sale of wines from territory occupied by Israel to be sold in Canada with false Product of Israel labels even as the LCBO prevents the sale of Taybeh products which are accurately labelled.” We indicated that “the manner in which the CFIA and LCBO are dealing with accurately labelled Taybeh products, and falsely labelled products from Israeli settlements in occupied territory is plainly discriminatory.”

Palestine Just Trade is excited to have joined with Taybeh to have made the first import of product to Canada, and look forward to Nadim wines by Taybeh and Taybeh beers being available for purchase for the first time in Canada very shortly.

Medjoul Dates from Palestine for Eid Al-Adha 2019


Medjoul dates delivered to you directly from Palestinian plantations.

Available for Eid al-Adha 2019.

We continue to ship direct to you, at Solidarity Price of $160 for 8 boxes of 900 G JUMBO top quality product. Now available 4 packages for $100 shipped.

To order:

  1. send email with name, address, and phone number (along with password for etransfer) to info@palestinejusttrade.ca
  2. send etransfer to info@palestinejusttrade.ca

The packages will be sent by expedited post within a day or two of order. Tracking info will be provided, and you should get your package delivered in 2 to 10 days depending where in Canada you are. Most deliveries in 3-5 days

Palestine Just Trade Inc. was established in 2018 to bring distinct, quality Palestinian products into Canada on the basis that all of its activities must support “just” trade related to international law and human rights, and be considered through the lens of providing the message of “just peace” for Palestine. Proceeds go to the work Just Peace Advocates. Check out www.justpeaceadvocates.ca

Eid Mubarak & Shukran for Purchases of Medjoul Dates from Palestine during Ramadan

It was an honour to be able to provide Medjoul Dates during Ramadan 2019 from Palestine across the Canada from Courtney, British Columbia to St. John’s Newfoundland.

Shukran for the support of solidarity through the purchase of Medjoul dates from Palestine this Ramadan and Eid. The interest and support has been wonderful.

Medjoul dates from Palestine are still available at least for a few weeks, and hopefully through Eid Al-Fitr .

Also, some groups are buying to have a supply for bazaars in the fall and over the holiday/Christmas season.

To be sure you don’t miss out make your order shortly.

$160/8 packages. For off-season, until supply is finished we will also offer 4 packages. Shipping included. In Toronto if you are picking up a smaller quantity at $20/package is available. Packages 900 Grams, Jumbo, top quality Medjoul Dates from Palestine.

Send order, with email including name, address, telephone and details to info@palestinejusttrade.ca

Payment: etransfer to info@palestinejusttrade.ca.

We will be looking at plans for Medjoul Dates 2020 Ramadan going forward.

Thanks to
Supplier Al-Rwad Agricultural Investments Company, and for partnership with Lara Foods & Green World Food Express.

Also stay tuned for other products coming soon.

Medjoul Dates from Palestine: Last Chance for Ramadan & before Eid al-Fitr

May 27, 2019

We continue to ship direct to you, at Solidarity Price of $160 for 8 boxes of 900 G JUMBO top quality product.

With a week until Eid al-Fitr, now is the time to order. Most places in Canada ship within the week, so important to make order in next day.

Contact: info@palestinejusttrade.ca with your mailing address & phone number to order dates. Payment by etransfer.


You also may want to order so you have supply for the year, for your own enjoyment, gift giving or perhaps for bazaars or other events. We hope to have supply through the summer including for Eid Al-Adha in August, but to not be disappointed make your order now.


We are delighted that in this first few months there has been such wonderful support & excitement about the product from all corners of the country.  


All proceeds go to the work of Just Peace Advocates for projects related to Palestine.

Take time to check out Just Peace Advocates for various campaigns and work supporting Palestinian rights.  One in particular, is to sign the petition to the Canadian government calling for Palestinian Heritage Day each November 29th. Sign (remember to confirm the email you receive when you sign). Also share this petition widely with your friends.

We are glad to receive your feedback as we consider how we move forward for 2020.  Also, we hope to have several other distinct, quality Palestinian products joining our line in the coming months.

Still time to order Medjoul Dates from Palestine for Ramadan and Eid 2019

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Dear Friends


Thank you for your support as we have began PALESTINE JUST TRADE.  


We have been blessed with orders for MEDJOUL DATES FROM PALESTINE from nine provinces, and over 20 cities. 


Many of you have coordinated orders in your communities.  Thank you so much!
Others have ordered for friends and family, and others have inquired but not yet ordered.


A number of multiple orders have been made from across the country….a sign that people are excited to have distinct, quality product from Palestine at an affordable price.


As we enter into the 2nd week of Ramadan, there is still time to get your orders in.
We continue to ship direct to you, at $160 for 8 boxes of 900 G JUMBO top quality product.


You also may want to order so you have supply for the year, for your own enjoyment, gift giving or perhaps for bazaars or other events.


We are delighted that in this first few months there has been such wonderful support & excitement about the product from all corners of the country.  A special benefit has been getting people in touch with each other in local communities to share an order–letting people who did not know each other but are supporting human rights for Palestine to meet each other.


Orders in most cities across Canada take 3-6 days from ordering to arrive, and some places up to 8-10 days on occasions.  


We are glad to receive your feedback as we consider how we move forward for 2020.  Also, we hope to have several other distinct, quality Palestinian products joining our line in the coming months.


Take time to check out Just Peace Advocates for various campaigns and work supporting Palestinian rights.  One in particular, is to sign the petition to the Canadian government calling for Palestinian Heritage Day each November 29th. Sign (remember to confirm the email you receive when you sign) and SHARE WIDELY

Order NOW in time for Ramadan, your Medjoul Dates from Palestine

Medjoul dates from Palestine just in time for Ramadan 2019. Order now. Shipped to your door.

Just a week to Ramadan. Perfect time to make your order of solidarity medjoul dates from Palestine Just Trade. JUMBO, top quality, people are very pleased with quality, and lots of referrals & also re-orders.

We expect to have supply during Ramadan and into Eid, but to be sure to have your supply for Ramadan best to order in the upcoming couple of days.

$160 for 8 cartons each box 900 grams. Shipped anywhere in Canada

Ship in boxes of 8 cartons.

To order:

  1. send email with name, address, and phone number (along with password for etransfer) to info@palestinejusttrade.ca
  2. send etransfer to info@palestinejusttrade.ca

What to expect

The packages will be sent by expatiated post within a day or two of order. Tracking info will be provided, and you should get your package delivered in 2 to 10 days depending where in Canada you are. Most deliveries in 3-5 days.

These product are directly from Jericho area from Palestinian producers, packager and exporter, Al-Rwad Company Imported working with Palestinian company here in Canada.

All proceeds will go to Just Peace Advocates work for Palestine.

Comments include:

  • I had not really tasted a date until I tasted these.
  • Bring me back home to Palestine
  • Distinct, amazing, top quality product.
  • Thanks for bringing genuine Palestinian medjoul from sources that we can trust.

Being enjoyed in Comox Victoria, Vancouver, Coquitlam,Langley, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Corunna, Waterloo, London, St. Catharines, Oakville, Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, Peterborough, Godfrey, Ottawa, Montreal, Point Clarire, Enfield, Saint Johns, St. John’s and other places across the country. Thanks for your support of Palestine, and this initiative.

NOTE: t is important to be sure you know the source of your Medjoul is from Palestine. There is ONLY a couple sources coming into Canada. However, there is at least one vendor who portrays their product without country of origin, or from another country such as Jordan, but in fact is bringing from illegal isreali settlements. In many cases the price for these products are very similar to those of Just Peace Advocates, but you are buying goods from Israeli illegal settlements even though they may say Medjoul Dates including arabic label. In some cases products marked as Medjoul Dates from Israel may be cheaper, but these are clearly from illegal settlements, as Medjoul dates are only grown in Jordan Valley which is in occupied Palestine.

Medjoul Dates from Palestine continue to Debut Across the Canada

St. John’s, Halifax, Saint Johns, Montreal, Ottawa, Perth, St. Catharines, Oakville, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Sarnia, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver & lower mainland, Victoria, Comox are enjoying Medjoul Dates from Palestine. And many are re-ordering!

People are passionate about Medjoul Dates from Palestine. With comments including “I never had really tasted a date until I tasted these.” More testimonies to follow.

Be sure to get your order in. Only a month until Ramadan begins.

$160 for box of 8 packages of Class A/JUMBO 900 g Medjoul Dates from Palestine. Shipping included. Ships in boxes of 8, 16, or 24.

How do I place my order?

To order: e-transfer to info@palestinejusttrade.ca and send email with your name, address, and phone number.

Medjoul Dates from Palestine making their way across Canada.

March 15, 2019: 1000 package shipped to communities coast to coast

Thank you to supporters from: St. John’s, Halifax, Saint Johns, Montreal, Perth, St Catharines, Sarnia, Toronto & area, Peterborough, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, for being part of the first orders!

Don’t miss out. Orders being taken now.

900 g packages JUMBO first class, shipped in cartoons of 8 packages (7.2 KG total) for Solidarity Pricing of $160. Shipped in increments of 8. orders & etransfers to info@palestinejusttrade.ca

Check out details HERE.

All proceed to JUST PEACE ADVOCATE work here in Canada and in Palestine, working to support human rights, international law and self-determination for Palestine.