ADL Welcomes Canadian Court Ruling That "Racist" Holocaust Denier May Be Deported
Update: Zundel was deported from Canada on March 1, 2005 and was arrested upon his arrival in Germany. At the arraignment in Mannheim, a judge ordered that he be held on charges of denying the Holocaust and inciting hatred. More>>
New York, NY, February 25, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed a Canadian federal court ruling that Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel is a threat to national security and may be deported to his native Germany.
In his ruling, Canadian Justice Pierre Blais labeled Zundel "a racist" whose "activities are not only a threat to Canada's national security, but also a threat to the international community of nations." Zundel had been living in Toronto since 2003, after he was deported from the U.S. on immigration violations.
"The Canadian courts have rightly recognized that Ernst Zundel is no pacifist, but a threat to society who has cynically exploited the system while spreading anti-Semitism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Zundel can no longer hide from his past. We hope that the Canadian government will act quickly to deport Zundel back to Germany, where the authorities will be waiting."
A Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi ideologue for more than two decades, Zundel has also been the inspiration for and key content provider of the Zundelsite, since 1995 a leading online repository of Holocaust-denial propaganda. His activities led to numerous trials in Canada, to which he had emigrated in the late 1950s, and make him subject to probable arrest in Germany, his country of birth.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.