A Canadian newspaper in London, Ontario, published an article blaming Jews for the Holocaust and justifying Hitler for wanting to exterminate the Jews.
A recent issue of the monthly Arabic-language al-Saraha, published by a Palestinian living in London, Ontario, included a viciously anti-Semitic article downplaying the impact of the Holocaust, minimizing the number of victims and justifying Hitler’s plans.
B’nai Brith Canada, a Jewish human rights group, reported the incident to the authorities after being alerted by a member of the local Arab community.
“Titled The Question Which Everyone Ignores: Why Did Hitler Kill the Jews?, the article begins by denying that six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, claiming instead that ‘Jewish propaganda managed to spread [this number] and establish it.’ It continues by falsely asserting that ‘the Jews caused most of the economic collapses that occurred in the banks in the period between 1870 and 1920,’” B’nai Brith Canada explains.
“In more lurid detail, the piece asserts that ‘The first theaters of homosexuality appeared in Berlin in the 1920s, and the first presentations of pornography appeared in 1880 and 1890 by the hands of Jewish authors.’ It concludes by claiming that Adolf Hitler created six million new jobs upon his rise to power in 1933, and that this is the source of the ‘Jewish propaganda’ figure of 6-million Jewish casualties in the Holocaust.”
Al Saraha, distributed in throughout the Greater London area, is recommended as a source for immigrant news by the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership, an Ontario government-funded agency, according to the National Post.
Following the expose by B’nai Brith, however, the agency is distancing itself from the publication, B’nai Brith said.
“The City of London and the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) do not condone the racist and homophobic views [contained in the article],” the agency said in a statement.
Al-Saraha is published by Abdul-Hadi Shala, a Palestinian from Gaza who operates a local art gallery.
“The article in question was originally published in al-Masry al-Youm, one of the largest Egyptian daily newspapers, and authored by Egyptian pundit Salah Montasser,” B’nai Brith said. “It was then republished in the June-July issue of al-Saraha, which a local source told B’nai Brith can be found in every Middle Eastern restaurant and every Middle Eastern grocery in southwestern Ontario.”
Hate propaganda vs. free speech
“This article constitutes an obscene form of hate propaganda aimed at Canada’s Jewish community,” said Michael Mostyn, B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO. “Its appearance in a community newspaper which hosts advertisements from local businesses and mainstream political parties is extremely worrying.”
London Constable Chris Loizides said “steps” are being taken to see “whether (the article) qualifies as a Criminal Code offence inciting hatred, promoting hatred or, on the contrary, is it free speech,” the National Post reports.
By: Atara Beck, World Israel News