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From Ingrid Rimland

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Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
During several so-called "Human Rights" Tribunal hearings I attended in Toronto to watch how Canada's censorious Holocaust Lobby tried in vane to demolish an American website belonging to yours truly, I formed a certain image in my mind of half a dozen or so opposition players. These folks are quite a distinct cast - a screenplay writer's dream!
One of these merry days, some of these characters will find their immortality affirmed in an hilarious Zundel movie - starring the plucky guy with nothing but integrity and grit against the wicked, plotting free speech censor meanies of the tribe with all the worldly might behind them - yet never quite succeeding in wrestling to the ground the insecurity within that marks the Chosenites.
I see them very clearly as I experienced them - the aging hippie with the pony tail, the roly-poly feminist, the frustrated would-be dancer doing an amazing boogie woogie, hop and skip before both audience and judge, the mousy fellow blustery with self-importance, spittle flying, hissing hate yet lacking punch, KNOWING he is lacking punch, rushing in and out of courtroom, coattails flying, so people don't miss how important, how weighty he is in the grand scheme of things.
Below, I give you Marvin Kurz, B'nai Brith's Legal Warrior, defending the eroding home turf:
Zundel Is No Champion Of Civil Rights
By Marvin Kurz
(Globe and Mail, Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2004)
An old legal maxim holds that hard cases make bad law. Neo-Nazi propagandist Ernst Zundel has consistently attempted to live that adage. His numerous challenges of Canadian law, in service of a campaign to make his Jew-hating legal, have twisted Canadian courts into pretzels.
Throughout his tortured route through the Canadian legal system, Mr. Zundel has attempted to portray himself as a crusader for freedom. However, he has shown more of a penchant for self-promotion than virtue. Notoriously, he once dragged a cross to court, evoking not so subtle references to the notion that he, like the Christ, was the victim of an evil Jewish conspiracy.
In recent weeks, The Globe and Mail has taken up Mr. Zundel's cause. In both an editorial and a feature article by justice reporter Kirk Makin, The Globe focused on the use of a national security certificate to jail Mr. Zundel as a potential security threat. The headline of the feature article: "Ernst Zundel, civil-rights champion?" says it all.
If, as the advertisement says, context is everything, a bit of it is needed here. Mr. Zundel is a Hitler-loving neo-Nazi who emigrated from Germany in the 1960s. He spent decades portraying the Jews as the true criminals of the Holocaust. Expanding on themes found in Mein Kampf, Mr. Zundel became one of the most notorious and well-connected hate propagandists in the world.
Successive Ontario attorneys-general refused to charge Mr. Zundel under the hate-propaganda sections of the Criminal Code, baselessly fearing that the provisions were unconstitutional. Without ministerial consent, he could not be charged. Finally, a Holocaust survivor, Sabina Citron, despaired of a government refusing to use its own laws. She privately charged Mr. Zundel under an obscure law dealing with the promotion of false news. Although the government was shamed into taking over the case, it refused to charge him under the proper hate-propaganda law. Two successive juries convicted Mr. Zundel before the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the false-news law, unlike the hate-propaganda law, was unconstitutional. Mr. Zundel crowed that our legal system sanctioned his views.
Mr. Zundel applied for Canadian citizenship in the 1990s. He realized that any conviction would see him deported to Germany, where he already had a conviction and was wanted on new hate-propaganda charges. He was refused Canadian citizenship because the Security and Intelligence Review Committee found, under existing law, that he was a security threat. Mr. Zundel's appeals, all of the way to the Supreme Court, were rejected.
In 1996, both Ms. Citron and the City of Toronto complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission about Mr. Zundel's anti-Semitic website. Mr. Zundel denied ownership of the site. Relying on the evidence of his own correspondence and the testimony of his ex-wife, a human-rights tribunal rejected his claims. It ordered him to cease and desist using his site to promote hatred of Jews. Anticipating this ruling, Mr. Zundel fled Canada for the United States. When the Americans threw him out, Canada need not have accepted him back. When it did, he made a cynical refugee claim. Only then did the government hold him under a security-certificate procedure.
Whatever evidence the government has against Mr. Zundel, it has already proven that he is a risk to Canada. He contemptuously abandoned our country when it finally became clear that his form of hatred would not be tolerated. He then attempted to hoodwink our system when the Americans evicted him. He may be entitled to challenge our security-certificate law, but civil-liberties champion? Give me a break.
Marvin Kurz is national legal counsel of the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada.
To which Paul Fromm, Director of CAFÉ, the Canadian Association for Free Expression, replies:
March 17, 2004
The Editor, The Globe and Mail. BY FAX -- For Publication
Dear Sir:
B'nai Brith's Marvin Kurz misses the point in his article "Zundel is no champion of civil rights." (Globe and Mail, March 17, 2004) "Whatever evidence the government has against Mr. Zundel, it has already proven that he is a risk to Canada."
On the contrary, nothing of the sort has been proven. The government's contention by way of a Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) national security certificate is that Mr. Zundel is a "terrorist" and, therefore, a threat to national security. The contention is, on its face, preposterous. As Mr. Kurz snidely remarks, Mr. Zundel has never shied away from publicity. His views have been widely circulated in pamphlets, radio and television broadcasts. Access to Information requests filed by Mr. Zundel reveal that he's been under police surveillance since 1960, when the Mounties observed him attending an anti-communist rally in Montreal.
Mr. Zundel is a pacifist. As defined by the CSIS Act, a threat to national security must either resort to serious acts of violence or be doing the will of a foreign power. The CSIS Act makes it quite clear that a threat to national security "does not include protest, lawful advocacy or dissent." Mr. Zundel's historical dissent may be offensive to many, but this fact does not constitute a threat to national security.
Thus, the Crown has resorted to a series of secret hearings. Neither Mr. Zundel nor his defence team knows what the accusations are or who the secret witnesses are. This denial of fundamental justice renders the proceedings a serious human rights violation and a disgraceful farce. To "get" one annoying dissident, Canada is trampling of due process and freedom of speech.
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