Muslims Of Calgary Anti-Semitic Hate Screeds Still Up On Web Site Says B’nai Brith – Calgary Police Must Approve

Anti-Jewish Postings Still Featured on Muslim Website in Calgary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, April 17, 2013 – B’nai Brith Canada is questioning why the investigation of its complaint to the Calgary Police about a Muslim website www.muslimsofcalgary.ca has been shut down. The Jewish human rights organization brought the complaint earlier this week after anti-Jewish postings were brought to its attention. One posting, for example, relied on the notorious antisemitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” to allege a global conspiracy by the Jews to dominate the world. Another article posted stated that “Jews have deviated from the path of their religion as seen in their manners, debauchery and immorality.” Further postings have been brought to light that are equally offensive.

Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, stated: “Within 24 hours of being thanked by the Calgary Police Hate Crimes Unit for bringing this to their attention and their confirmation that a file would be opened, we learned only via the media that police had decided to close the investigation. While we were assured by police that the media report did not fairly reflect the intent of its comments, it certainly appeared that police had chosen to support the assertions of the Muslim Council of Calgary in its press release, namely, that this was a ‘Calgary only’ issue and that raising a concern was inherently divisive. We are concerned that this was a thinly- veiled attempt to deflect from our complaint regarding the antisemitic content on the site.

“It is absurd to try to portray this as a ‘Calgary only’ issue given that there are no boundaries to the World Wide Web. How can anyone suggest that antisemitic material posted in one city has no effect on the Jewish community nationally?“We, as a Jewish human rights organization that has had a presence throughout Canada for over 135 years certainly have the right to raise the alarm. As we continue to work with police across the country to urge Canadians from diverse communities to report their concerns to police, this attempt to silence those speaking out about what can only be described as hateful messaging is most disappointing.”

For more information please contact: Sam Eskenasi, Communications Officer at (647) 780-8490 or communications@bnaibrith.ca

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