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Federally funded hate watchdog has gone noticeably dark amid Canadian rallies cheering the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks against Israel

A Tuesday rally outside of the Israeli consulate in Toronto, one of dozens in recent days that have explicitly called for the destruction of Israel and supported Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre of more than 1,000 Israeli civilians. Photo by Joe Warmington/Toronto Sun

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As Canadian cities continue to be roiled by mass rallies calling for the destruction of Israel, it has yielded nothing but prolonged silence from the one body that has been cited by the Trudeau government as a leading authority on “hate.”

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The Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN) — a perennial recipient of federal “anti-racism” monies — has not issued a single statement or social media post in the wake of the Oct. 7 attacks against Israel, even when those attacks sparked celebratory rallies across Canada’s major cities.

By contrast, the group issued five statements over five weeks regarding the 1 Million March 4 Children, a protest that called for the removal of “gender identity” instruction from school curricula.

And in early 2022, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network also issued a flurry of statements condemning the anti-mandate Freedom Convoy protests as a nest of far-right racism and anti-Semitism.

It was the CAHN that almost exclusively fuelled media reports at the time that Freedom Convoy was a close ally of Diagolon, an alt-right group that it cited as a national security threat. RCMP reports recently published by researchers Caryma Sa’d and Elisa Hategan found that the Mounties themselves never gave these threats much credence.“Due to the fact that all information traces back to one source (CAHN), triangulation and the verification of facts is almost impossible at the current time,” the RCMP wrote in its profile of Diagolon.

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In February 2022, a CAHN statement even cited the ongoing Freedom Convoy blockades as evidence for why Canada needed “anti-hate” legislation to censor social media, even if it infringed on Canadian civil liberties.

“We would rather see a small amount of posts that are not-quite hate speech be a casualty of any legislation rather than have hate speech continue to attack and silence women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, and others,” they wrote.

But 11 days after Hamas terrorists massacred more than 1,000 people in southern Israel — including six Canadians — the group has remained conspicuously silent even as mass-rallies gather in Canadian urban centres to cheer the attacks as an act of Palestinian “resistance.”

Within hours of the Oct. 7 attacks, rallies congregated in all of Canada’s major downtown cores with chants of “down, down Israel” and “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — a statement meant to explicitly reject a two-state solution in favour of Israel’s complete eradication.

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Marches and gatherings have continued in the days since. On Tuesday, an Ottawa antisemitism conference attended by all four major party leaders was similarly thronged with protesters carrying Palestinian flags. “Protesting an antisemitism conference is showing your true colours,” read a statement by The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the conference’s organizer.

CAHN is chaired by Bernie Farber, a former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, who has previously been rather vocal about Palestinian extremism within Canada.

In 2009, following a similar round of pro-Gaza protests in Canadian cities that included calls for the destruction of Israel, Farber called for the rallies to be subjected to an official RCMP hate crime probe.

“Some of the rhetoric and chants that we have heard are everything from calls to murder, to comparison of Jews and Israelis to Nazis, to calls for genocide,” Farber said at the time.

Farber has posted statements to his personal Facebook page, saying he has “been trying to figure out how best to explain my trauma since the first news of the anti-Jewish massacres carried out by the Nazi inspired Hamas began.”

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Farber referenced his father’s resistance against the Nazis, and said “And here we are with that nightmare scenario playing out again. But this time it’s different. This time we are not defenceless. This time we will not hide in holes. This time we have Israel.”

But while the CAHN frequently warns of anti-Semitism among the “far right,” its website doesn’t contain a single example condemning Palestinian extremism or highlighting institutionalized calls for Israel’s destruction — the latter of which has been extremely visible among Canadian academic circles since Oct. 7.

As of press time, one of the last statements issued by CAHN before going dark was a detailed guide on how to oppose the “parental rights” movement, which arose in part over revelations that school boards across the country had quietly adopted a policy of immediately accommodating the gender transitions of minors without informing their parents. As the guide warned, parental rights “seems to be an exceptionally salient concept, resonating far beyond far-right, or even conservative, echo chambers.”

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In just the last few years, the Trudeau government has poured millions of dollars into “anti-racism” initiatives premised on the notion that Canadian society is shot through with “systemic racism” that can only be addressed with policy that ascribes different treatment based on one’s race or sexual identity.

CAHN has secured more than $500,000 in anti-racism grants, most notably a $260,000 contract to draw up a toolkit on “preventing hate in Canadian schools.”The resultant 53-page guide became notable for declaring the Red Ensign – Canada’s pre-1965 flag – a “hate symbol.” School administrators were also warned that various quotidian teenage activities – such as circulating internet memes or using TikTok – were potentially red flags for “hate.”

Just last month, CAHN was petitioning Ottawa for $5 million in funding over five years to act as an unofficial “anti-hate watchdog” against the “far right.”

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh – who has been calling for an immediate Israeli ceasefire that would keep Gaza’s Hamas leadership in place – seemed to imply in the House of Commons on Monday that Israel is contemplating a genocide of Palestinian people. After accusing Israel of imposing “collective punishment” on Gaza, he warned that “when we stop believing that each life has value, this is when the seeds of genocide take hold.” This prompted both Liberal MP Ben Carr and Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman to ask the NDP leader if he was really suggesting that Israel might try to “eradicate” the Palestinian people. Singh did not deny the suggestion, but replied “the only way forward to save lives is peace.”

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