An investigation by B’nai Brith Canada – a leading Jewish advocacy group which combats anti-Semitism and racism – revealed that al-Saraha – a London, Ontario Arab-language newspaper published by Abdul-Hadi Shala (عبد الهادي شلا), a Palestinian Arab from the Gaza Strip – engages in virulent anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and homophobia.
An article called “The Question Which Everyone Ignores: Why Did Hitler Kill the Jews?” which was published in al-Saraha’s June/July 2016 issue denies that six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, claims that “Jewish propaganda” inflated the number, blames Jews for the economic collapse 1870 and 1920 and accuses Jews for being purveyors of pornography.
According to B’nai Brith, al-Saraha is recommended as the go-to source of news for Canadian Muslims, including new Muslim immigrants, by the Ontario Government-funded London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership.
Michael Mostyn, CEO Of B’nai Brith, called the article an “obscene form of hate propaganda aimed at Canada’s Jewish community” and said that he is extremely worried that a community newspaper which hosts advertisements from mainstream political parties – including a Ramadan greeting from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Caucus in the same issue – publishes anti-Semitic and Holocaust denying material.
Al-Saraha is just one of several Arab-language newspapers in Ontario that were found to contain anti-Semitic as well as supporting-terrorism articles.
On May 2, 2014, Mississauga-based Arabic newspaper “Meshwar” edited by Dr. Nazih Khatatba who also serves as a board member of Palestine House, which was de-funded by the previous Conservative government for its “pattern of support of extremism”, published an article titled “Why the Holocaust is relevant to us?” by Jordanian Holocaust denier Dr. Ibrahim Alloush who repeated the claim of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the “Jewish Holocaust is the biggest crime in history”, and alleged that the Jews used the “Holohoax” (as Alloush referred to it) as a pretext to “invade and plunder Palestine” after World War II.
On July 15, 2014, Meshwar published a cartoon featuring Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu as a bloodthirsty vampire eating a Palestinian child.
On February 21, 2014, Khatatba published an editorial slamming Mahmoud Abbas for finally admitting that the Holocaust did transpire. In the editorial, Khatabsa asked: “Why a Palestinian, any Palestinian, has to announce his ‘belief’ in the Holocaust of the Jews, and why should we accept it as truth? Mr. President (Abbas), I reject the subservience expressed in your statements and we demand that you stop degrading our dignity and the dignity of our martyrs and prisoners.”
Al-Forqan, an Arab-language paper based in Windsor, Ontario, founded by Lebanese-born Mohamad Hisham Khalifeh, came under fire in March 2016 when Khalifeh wrote that Palestinian knife attacks against Israeli Jews are a “sacred duty of jihad”. Following a complaint by B’nai Brith, Khalifeh – who held a position with the Windsor Multicultural Council, an agency funded by Immigration and Citizenship Canada and which is entrusted with welcoming and resettlement of Syrian refugees – was subsequently suspended from the Council.
In 2012, Khalifeh, who is well known for his open support of the violent Palestinian struggle against Israel, posted a poem encouraging Palestinians to launch armed attacks on Israelis, liberate Palestine and destroy the State of Israel. In the poem, Khalifeh referred to Israeli Jews as “infidels” and “morally corrupt people.”
Al-Saraha (الصراحة) – a London, Ontario Arab-language newspaper published by Abdul-Hadi Shala (عبد الهادي شلا), a Palestinian Arab from the Gaza Strip, has published (Issue 124, June/ July 2016) an article justifying the policy of Nazi German towards the Jewish during the Holocaust because of their moral corruption and their major share in causing economic collapses that affected the German people.
B’nai Brith Canada, a leading Jewish advocacy group which combats anti-Semitism and racism, issued on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, a statement presenting the highlights of the article and condemning its anti-Semitic messages.
The following if the full transcript of the article (originally in Arabic):