Canadians are rallying behind a petition calling for an American Holocaust denier to be barred from entering the country and speaking at an anti-Israel al-Quds Day march in Toronto.
Kevin Barrett, who has called the September 11, 2001 attacks an “inside job”, is due at the event on Saturday afternoon. The annual al-Quds Day march marks the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan is generally a call for the destruction of Israel, echoed in other cities around the world as a day of rage against the Jewish State.
B’nai Brith Canada launched the online petition which currently stands at over 2,000 signatures. It calls on the Canada Border Services Agency to ban Barrett on account of his ongoing promotion of hatred against members of the Jewish community. It’s “a bid to protect Canada from foreign hatemongers,” said B’nai Brith.
Mr. Barrett allegedly left his teaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, after he supported the notion that the Sept. 11 attacks were an “inside job” coordinated by the U.S. and Israel. Now B’nai Brith wants to ensure his views are not heard north of the border.
“Barrett has repeatedly questioned the murder of six-million Jews by Nazi Germany and its allies during the Holocaust,” a B’nai Brith statement said. “Barrett has also argued that widespread Holocaust denial in Muslim countries such as Morocco somehow confirms that the Holocaust was fabricated to promote ‘self-serving Zionist assertions.’ ”
“This is both outrageous and unacceptable,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “Inviting a notorious Holocaust denier to this event demonstrates once and for all that Al-Quds Day is not a mere ‘anti-Israel’ event, but rather a hate rally designed to demonize and denigrate Canada’s Jewish population.
“Toronto police must not allow Queen’s Park, our provincial legislature, to become a platform for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, and the CBSA must not allow Kevin Barrett into our country. Enough is enough.”
According to B’nai Brith, Barrett was barred from entering Canada in 2015 after stating that the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, which resulted in the deaths of 12 people, was a “false-flag” operation.
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