Rights com­plaint filed, and Cana­dian sui­cide linked to Is­raeli fi­nan­cial scan­dal

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Leth­bridge prof has pay re­in­stated

The Univer­sity of Leth­bridge has lodged a hu­man rights com­plaint against a pro­fes­sor it sus­pended for es­pous­ing anti-semitic views and re­in­stated his pay be­cause it could take years for the case to be heard. An­thony Hall was sus­pended with­out pay last fall for on­line com­ments and Youtube videos in which he said the Holo­caust should be a mat­ter of de­bate and for sug­gest­ing Zion­ist links to the 9/11 at­tacks. Hall is a tenured pro­fes­sor of lib­eral stud­ies who has taught at the Al­berta univer­sity for 26 years. He is still banned from teach­ing or su­per­vis­ing stu­dents and is not al­lowed on cam­pus.

Ed­mon­ton man lost his life sav­ings

An Ed­mon­ton man took his own life Dec. 21 af­ter los­ing more than $200,000 to an Is­raelirun bi­nary op­tions trad­ing firm. Fred­er­ick Tur­bide, 61, shot him­self af­ter los­ing his sav­ings and bor­rowed money to­talling $300,000, two-thirds of it on 23Traders. com, which op­er­ates from Is­rael, The Times of Is­rael re­ported. A man call­ing him­self Ju­lian Wellington told Tur­bide he was call­ing from Bri­tain or Toronto, Tur­bide’s fam­ily be­lieves, and he used a num­ber with a Toronto area code. Ini­tially Tur­bide was told he was mak­ing prof­its and was urged to in­vest more money. In his sui­cide note, he blamed 23Traders.com for his death. The bi­nary op­tions in­dus­try has flour­ished in Is­rael for nine years, scam­ming thou­sands world­wide out of bil­lions of dol­lars with lit­tle in­ter­ven­tion from au­thor­i­ties.

Swastika drawn on Soo writer’s lawn

Po­lice in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a swastika was found in the snow on the front lawn of a writer for B’nai Brith Canada. The swastika and a sex­ist slur were drawn Jan. 14 at the home of Sara Mc­cleary, who writes on­line posts on anti-semitism. Mc­cleary said at first she thought the drawn sym­bol was ran­dom, but then re­al­ized she was tar­geted. “I’ve said be­fore in pre­vi­ous posts that I live in a small city with a tiny Jewish pop­u­la­tion. What are the odds that it would just so hap­pen to be in my front yard, when my name and face is on [B’nai Brith’s web­site] ev­ery week?” she wrote Jan. 16.


An­thony Hall

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