Following a complaint by B’nai Brith Canada about al-Saraha – a London, Ontario Arab newspaper which published an article denying that six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust and accusing Jews of spreading homosexuality, prostitution and corruption – London Police confirmed that hate crime investigators began a review of the contents of the article.
Police spokesperson Constable Chris Loizides said that his department is “reviewing the content to ensure whether it meets or does not [meet] criteria under the Criminal Code of Canada to be a Criminal Code offence… We have to see, is this free speech or is a Criminal Code Offence? Does it promote hatred or does it incite hatred? That determination needs to be made.” Constable Loizies also told the London Free Press that police will get an “independent translation” of the article as part of their investigation.
According to B’nai Brith, al-Saraha is recommended as the go-to source of news for new immigrants by the Ontario Government-funded London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP). Following the exposé, LMLIP co-chair Jill Tansley released a statement saying that their recommendation for the publication has been removed from their website. “The City of London and the London and LMLIP do not condone the racist and homophobic views. The LMLIP does not fund the newspaper in question.”
Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith, welcomed the statement as a “positive step” and said that for two days he has been trying to reach the office of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne who ran a full-page Ramadan greeting on behalf of the Liberal Caucus in the same issue where the Holocaust-denying article was published, but her office has not responded to Mostyn’s call.
Al-Saraha is just one of several Arab-language newspapers in Ontario that were exposed for publishing Holocaust-denying and anti-Semitic content, as well as articles and editorials openly supporting Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis.