[Editor's Note: First I want to thank Four Horses for putting together this excellent analysis of how BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith Canada has, via their persistent lobbying over the years, orchestrated the implementation of influential legislation now contained in the Canadian Human Rights Act that is having a devastating effect upon Canadians in terms of freedom of speech and Internet censorship. Were I to have written this piece I might have called it Ã¢â‚¬Å“BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith Canada In Context: Lobbying for a Self-Chosen MinorityÃ¢â‚¬Â.
What the writer has done here is weave much of the seemingly discordant BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith threads into a recognizable and coherent tapestry, one that I hope readers will recognize for what it is Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a concerted , conspiring effort on the part of the Jewish Lobby here in Canada to create Bolshevik style legislation which restricts and silences all criticism of both the political ideology of Zionism and the racist, apartheid practices of the state of Israel.
As a tapestry it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t present a pretty picture in terms of CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our fundamental freedom of self-expression. CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s democratic foundation is being undermined by the likes of Harry Abrams and the League for Human Rights of BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith Canada. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known this for a number of years and that is why I am challenging their motives and their position in this respect. Too many Canadians are still asleep at the wheel on this issue. They need to wake up before our rights and freedoms leave the highway and crash and burn. A.T.]
CHRC: Something isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t kosher here
By Four Horses
November 27, 2008
In another bizarre twist in the CHRC-Free Speech saga, blogger No-Libs takes Harry Abrams to task. http://www.no-libs.com/index.php/MyBlog/Thought-Police/Harry-Abrams-Fascist.html
Abrams is the B.C. regional director for BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith and has received notoriety for his successful anti-hate campaign against Doug Collins. Free Dominion blogger, Maikeru compiled the following summary, in his post called the Collins Case.
In July 1998 the League for Human Rights of BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith Canada was granted intervener status in the case brought against Doug Collins by Victoria businessman, Harry Abrams. Mr. Abrams took both the North Shore News and Doug Collins to a Human Rights Tribunal because of four columns written between January and April 1994. Marvin Kurz, National Legal Counsel and National Co-Chair for the League for Human Rights, served as the LeagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Counsel during the Human Rights Tribunal in July 1998.
This was the second of two human rights complaints lodged against the North Shore News and Doug Collins. The first complaint was brought by the Canadian Jewish Congress, but involved a single article criticizing the Academy Award-winning film, SchindlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s List.
The Tribunal in the Canadian Jewish Congress case upheld the constitutionality of the law under which the charges had been brought. However, even though the Tribunal determined the article was Ã¢â‚¬Å“…obviously antisemitic…Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“presents Jews in a negative light, as powerful propagandists and profiteers, and depicts, in grossly inaccurate terms, the extent and victimization in the Holocaust…Ã¢â‚¬Â, the Tribunal concluded the column was not antisemitic enough to be considered “hateful” and warranting action under the B.C. Human Rights Code. The Tribunal also stated the case Ã¢â‚¬Å“does not carry the same weight as it would in the case where several publications are the subject of a complaint….Ã¢â‚¬Â
The second Collins case involved multiple articles on denial of the Holocaust and Jewish conspiracies. AbramsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ complaint offered that these articles show a systematic antisemitic pattern in CollinsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ writings, which had a cumulative effect of promoting hatred and contempt towards Jews. Abrams sought $5000 in damages from both Collins and the North Shore News for the League for Human RightsÃ¢â‚¬Å¡ legal fund, $2000 for his lost time and expenses, a full apology, and an order that the North…. On February 3, 1999 the B.C. Human Rights Commission ruled against Doug Collins and the North Shore News. The Commission stated that four of CollinsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ articles put together are likely to expose groups to hatred and contempt. Mr. Collins and the North Shore News were ordered to pay $2000 to Harry Abrams, not to publish similar articles, and the North Shore News was ordered to print an unedited summary of the decision.
Abrams and BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith also lodged a complaint with the CHRC against the Canada-based Peace Earth and Justice News website. The complaint was based on 18 articles from 2006 on the PEJ News which dealt with their editorial which contained anti-Israel government policy commentary. Although the editors, Ingmar Lee and Chris Cook, publicly stood by their positions, they removed the articles from the website in order to avoid defending the complaint lodged against them.
Abrams is also noted for his 1999 stance against Canadians who opposed the boatloads of Chinese illegal immigrants into the country via British Columbia. This was a hot political topic during its time and one survey indicated that 90% of Canadians opposed this form of illegal immigration. In this issue, Abrams said Quote:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“…the issue of the boatloads of illegals is being used to piggyback a broader xenophobic campaign by Mr. Fromm and others.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Abrams and BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢nai Brith have more recently lodged a complaint with the CHRC against the website RadicalPress.com. The complainants are contending that the author, Arthur Topham and his website http://www.radicalpress.com are promoting Ã¢â‚¬Å“ongoing hatred affecting persons identifiable as Jews and/or as citizens of IsraelÃ¢â‚¬Â. Their allegations are based upon the many articles which published that are critical of political Zionism and the Israeli state.