Jewish groups are pleased the University of Lethbridge has suspended a professor who has questioned the Holocaust and called the 9-11 terrorist attacks a Zionist plot.
The university has suspended Anthony Hall without pay pending an internal review into possible violations of the Alberta Human Rights Act. Hall says in a video posted to YouTube that the news came as a shock. “There’s been no due process whatsoever.”
Amanda Hohmann with B’nai Brith Canada says most troubling for the group is Hall’s questioning of the Holocaust and calling the 9/11 terror attacks a Zionist plot. “They’re historical tragedies, some of the greatest tragedies of modern times. Trying to rewrite those to set a particular political agenda is just horribly offensive.”
Hall calls his suspension an attack on academic freedom. “The gravity of this situation is very severe because universities are a place where we have to be free to articulate, to question ideas, all ideas.”
Hohman expects he will try to use the suspension to cast himself as martyr. “That’s obviously what he’s going to try to portray himself as and what his followers are going to portray him as. But at the end of the day, it’s more important that he be removed from a position of authority over students and over shaping the minds of young people.”
Hohman says Hall has been on B’Nai Brith Canada’s radar for about a year.