[Editor’s Note: Below you will find my response to the letter which Harvey Smarba (of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada) had published in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer in the Jan. 27, 2008 edition. As well I have appended the letter from Smarba below mine for reference.
Please note the following urls to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer and do not hesitate to send them your opinion on this matter.
Website: http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/quesnelobserver
Editor Quesnel Cariboo Observer: newsroom@quesnelobserver.com
Thank you.]
P.S. I have received a number of cc’d letters which the Quesnel newspaper has not published to date and will be sending out a separate post containing them. I apologize to the writers who took the time to write and didn’t get their work published but who gets in is totally out of my hands. You can rest assured though that Radical Press.com will run your contributions. Thanks again for your support! Arthur
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http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/quesnelobserver/opinion/letters/15114516.html
Free speech, CHRC’s credibility at stake
February 03, 2008
Editor:
Re: Remove the articles on web, that’s it, Feedback, the Observer, Jan. 27
Considering the serious allegations contained in the complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission by Harvey Smarba and the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada that I and my website are promoting ‘hatred toward Jews and citizens of Israel,’ I believe a response to Smarba is in order.
While Smarba and the B’nai Brith would have the ‘gullible’ public believe that ‘The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion’ are nothing more than a ‘vicious, anti-Semitic ‘screed’ long debunked by all reputable sources the facts and subsequent events of the 20th Century belie such a simplistic, erroneous statement.
Most people around Quesnel and across Canada have likely never heard of this document let alone read it so it begs the question as to why Smarba would suddenly highlight it in his letter and over emphasize it to the point that he does. His reason and the reason all Zionists do not want the public to be aware of its contents is, I would suggest, to prevent people from even contemplating reading it.
As for its value to people today interested in global events it will suffice here in this short letter to quote Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn who wrote that the document exhibits ‘the mind of genius.’ This is pretty unusual for a fraud, especially coming from a Nobel Laureate. He further states it exhibits ‘great strength of thought and insight. Its design is well above the abilities of an ordinary mind…It is more complicated than a nuclear bomb.’
When Smarba writes that these Protocols are nothing more than ‘violent, vicious fantasies’ he is doing his best to divert the public’s attention away from the actual’violent, vicious’ realities that now exist in Palestine and the state of Israel where blatant racism and ethnic-cleansing of the Palestinian people has been ongoing for the past 60 years of Israel’s existence.
In my own estimation I would have to say the Protocols are the Zionist road map of the 20th Century and deserve serious scrutiny by any conscientious student of contemporary history.
The basic guiding principle of political Zionism is contained in the motto of the Mossad, the Israeli equivalent of CSIS or the CIA. which states ‘By Way of Deception Thou Shalt Make War.’ Smarba and the B’nai Brith, being zealous advocates of Israel, obviously embrace such an ideology and are determined to destroy my democratic right to state the truth on such matters by using their usual tactics of fear and intimidation in order to do so.
That, I suggest, is the rationale behind his and the B’nai Brith’s attempt to have me remove this article and 17 others, including some of my personal works on the subject of Zionism, from my website.
But there is also much more that Smarba is not telling readers when it comes to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
For example the latest revelations coming out of the recent federal court case involving Marc Lemire and a former lawyer for the CHRC Ricardo Warmouse who, as Maclean’s Magazine writer Mark Steyn recently stated, has been carrying on his own personal ‘inquisition’ of Internet sites and making obscene profits from it as well.
It is now evident that Warmouse, funded by this same B’nai Brith organization, was caught posting disgusting, hate-filled, racist comments to the website of Lemire and then afterwards charging Lemire with the same type of complaint that I received. Go figure.
And if that isn’t shocking enough, not only Warmouse, but even the head ‘hate-crime’ investigator for the CHRC Dean Steacy, has been found guilty of posting similar ‘racist’ comments on sites that he wished to censor.
CHRC is rapidly losing whatever semblance of credibility it may once have had and these present realities, plus the recent allegations of financial fraud within the B’nai Brith organization itself, are why I adamantly refuse to remove from my website the articles that Smarba, in his imperious manner, is demanding that I do. I will fight this issue to the bitter end.
When the basic human right of freedom of speech is challenged we all must be partisans in the struggle to maintain it and I thank God the Cariboo Observer, unlike the Zionist-controlled Vancouver daily newspapers, is displaying the courage and respect due this fundamental freedom by covering and highlighting such an extremely important democratic issue.
Arthur Topham
Cottonwood, B.C.
Publisher/Editor
The Radical Press
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http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/quesnelobserver/opinion/letters/14379867.html
http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=666
Remove the articles on web, that’s it
January 27, 2008
Editor:
Re: Freedoms are threatened, Feedback, the Observer, Jan. 23.
I am Harvey Smarba, one of the complainants in the Arthur Topham Canadian Human Rights matter. My comments are brief and in respect of the fact that this matter is still in an early stage procedure.
Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Code is misunderstood by many people. But its intention is clear. It is to encourage Canadians from all backgrounds to live civilly and peaceably together without incitement of hatred, which is socially caustic and divisive and often softens the ground for future violence.
I have alleged Topham maintains a website that contains substantive expression likely to incite hatred and contempt against Jews. One very specific item complained of is the re-publication of aspects of the notorious Czarist-era forgery: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
This vicious screed, debunked both as fraudulent and hateful many times, was a substantial propaganda component in Hitler’s Nazi-era propaganda, and sadly, remains in circulation, mainly in Arab countries today.
The ‘blood libels’ of the Protocols accuse the Jews of many terrible things.
It is a classic in paranoid, racist literature. Taken by the gullible as the confidential minutes of a Jewish conclave convened in the last years of the 19th century, it has been heralded by anti-Semites as proof Jews are plotting to take over the world.
Topham is fully entitled to his private opinions, whatever they are. But when violent, vicious fantasies are made public, then those affected should have a right of reasonable recourse. And this legislation and this process are reasonable.
If Topham wishes to remove the articles complained of, then the process ends. If not, then there may be a hearing at which both sides present their positions. If upon a balance of probabilities it is determined that Topham deliberately offended Section 13, he may be fined and/or ordered to cease and desist.
If anyone wishes to understand more about what kinds of cases come before the Tribunal, please visit http://www.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/tribunal/index_e.asp?filter=ground and look up decisions based on racial or religious grounds.
Harvey Smarba
Victoria