Liberal approach to anti-racism like asking Big Tobacco to cure cancer

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How did the federal government contract with Laith Marouf to develop an anti-racism strategy for Canadian media?

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of how a so-called anti-racism consultant hired by the federal government is in hot water after a series of anti-Semitic comments posted on social media were revealed.

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Laith Marouf, a Beirut-based senior consultant with the Community Media Advocacy Center (CMAC) — an organization that received $133,800 in grants from the Department of Canadian Heritage to develop an anti-racism strategy for Canadian broadcasters — used Twitter to spread propaganda hatred against Jews and Israel.

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“You all know those loud-mouthed human excrement bags, aka the Jewish white supremacists; when we liberate Palestine and they have to go back to where they came from, they will again be whispered bitches of their (sic) Christian/secular white supremacist masters,” reads one of his most disgusting posts. on Twitter.

In another Tweet, referring to the murder of six members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, in June 2021, Marouf defamed and attempted to entrap Jews. He made baseless claims that the murderer was “most likely JDL (Jewish Defense Leauge) (sic)”, and even argued that the murders were the result of “libel of blood spewed by the Zionist lobby”. There is no evidence that the man charged with the murders, Nathaniel Veltman, is Jewish. Importantly, according to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a statement is anti-Semitic when you “accuse Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoings committed by one person or a single Jewish group, or even acts committed by non-Jews”. The Jews.”

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Marouf also accused Jews of being fixated on the Holocaust by referring to “Holocaust pornography in Israel” and claims that the Jews learned to “imitate their oppressor” and to “fetishize their oppressors and oppress others”. As part of his work sponsored by Canadian Heritage, he delivered a speech on May 14 in Vancouver where he claimed that Israel committed “genocide” of the Palestinians and alleged that Israel had “murdered” and “murdered” Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh.

Perhaps most chillingly, Marouf also posted that his motto is: “life is too short for shoelaces, or to entertain Jewish white supremacists with anything other than a bullet to the head.”

Marouf’s history of anti-Semitic comments on social media became public after it was discovered by media consultant Mark Goldberg and exposed by Quillette editor and former National Post editor Jonathan Kay.

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As it turns out, Marouf’s anti-Semitic Tweets were just the tip of the iceberg.

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While CMAC presented itself as a valuable resource for combating racism in Canadian broadcasting, Marouf made little attempt to hide its true purpose, to demonize Israel and the Jewish people.

Marouf’s online anti-Semitism trafficking has not been limited to social media. In 2016, Marouf spoke at a conference at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and clearly explained CMAC’s vision. After a long rant against Israel, and extolling the virtues of “disruption and subversion” against the Jewish state, Marouf explained that his mantra was to help “make sure your oppressor doesn’t even have a space in which he can feel at ease”.

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Obviously, Marouf’s history of posting and spreading anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli comments goes back many years and in some cases, in our view, can reasonably be interpreted not only as hateful words, but could be interpreted as incitement to violence against Jews. Don’t just take my word for it, Marouf acknowledged Twitter suspended his account because the social media platform determined he had engaged in “hateful conduct” and “encouraged(d) violence against “people on the basis of race, ethnicity”. , national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation. Marouf even wrote a missive claiming: “Twitter suspended my account to appease the Zionist lobby; Help me get it back!”

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Following the outcry over Marouf’s comments by Canadians of all persuasions and the strong mobilization of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), a number of MPs condemned the hate speech, including the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion Ahmed Hussen, who worked with Canadian Heritage on the project, slammed “reprehensible and despicable comments”, and said they “go against everything our government and our country stands for”.

hussen later suspended Marouf’s project and cut funding to the organization he works for. While Hussen and the feds are right to condemn Marouf’s comments now, it’s unclear why they ignored his litany of anti-Semitic slurs when they poured Canadian taxpayers’ money into CMAC to educate Canadian broadcasters about the ‘Against racism.

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As Rex Murphy of the National Post pointed out, it’s inconceivable that Jonathan Kay, with few resources at his disposal, could have taken notice of Marouf’s social media story, but the feds apparently didn’t. summer.

As Murphy observed, how the Department of Diversity and Inclusion, “with its overwhelming commitment to anti-racism, managed to find and fund a sewer source of what (the) department was created to fight exactly”.

Indeed, asking Marouf to lead a program against racism was like paying Big Tobacco to cure cancer.

Going forward, Canadians should demand and expect the federal government to take proactive steps to ensure that current and future recipients of taxpayers’ money, intended to combat hate in society, are not eminent defenders themselves.

Mike Fegelman is Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada, a non-profit organization providing fair and accurate Canadian media coverage of Israel. www.HonestReporting.ca.

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