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January 15, 2015 6:42 pm

Consul General of Israel to Eastern Canada ‘Shocked and Saddened’ by Halifax Entrepreneur’s Antisemitic Comments

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Dawgfather PHD posted a slew of antisemitic comments on Twitter on Wednesday. Photo: Screenshot, Twitter.

The new Consul General of Israel to Eastern Canada on Thursday responded to a slew of antisemitic comments posted on Twitter a day earlier by a Halifax hot dog vendor.

“I’m shocked and saddened to see that there are people who still think that way,” Zev Nevo Kulman said in an interview with Global News. “It’s terrible and you know, if this is the way this guy wants to promote his hot dog stand, I’m lucky to be vegetarian.”

The controversial Twitter messages were posted online on Wednesday by Jerry Reddick, well-known among Dalhousie University students for serving up hot dogs, according to CTV News Atlantic. The hot dog vendor, also known by his Twitter handle @Dawgfather PHD, made a number of antisemitic remarks referring to Hitler, gas chambers and ovens. He also tried to make comedic remarks about Americans who died in the 9/11 attacks.

“Give a Jew an ‘OVEN’ as a gift if you want to make them feel all warm all over,” he wrote on Twitter. He also said, “They say the best cooked Jews can be found in Poland and Germany where the ovens are made from the best clay.#Freedomofspeech?”

Reddick called Jews the “greatest slave traders in history” and said, “How does freedom of expression look when it’s not about Prophet Muhammad, s.a.w. Lets send ovens to all the Jews.#Hitler.” The street vendor continued with multiple antisemitic remarks against Jews, filling his Twitter feed on Thursday with jokes calling Jews “toast” because they “cooked” in Hitler’s ovens. He also mentioned the 9/11 attacks in some of his Twitter posts and joked, “What do you call people in the towers of 9/11? Dead because their flight came in.”

“Last time I saw some good Americans, they were taking flight 9/11 to the ground in 2001,” he also wrote. He then recommended various cartoons about Hitler taking Jews to gas chambers and Americans “trying to catch a flight” from the World Trade Center.

Reddick made the comments on the same day as a new photography exhibit launched in Halifax to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Kulman, whose parents were Holocaust survivors, invited Reddick to visit the exhibition. The Consul General told CTV News Atlantic, “maybe he’ll think differently after he sees the facts.”

The Halifax street vendor claimed his tweets were meant to be satirical and that he was simply trying to make a point about freedom of speech.

“They can say anything they want about the Prophet Muhammad, but we can’t say anything?” Reddick said. “I mean, don’t take it serious, because it’s not serious. It’s satire man. It’s satire. Why are you taking it so serious?”

“How can we not understand that I was invoking conversation to prove we can’t have a standard for one people and one for everyone else,” he wrote Thursday on Twitter. “What is hate speech? If I put a bomb on the head of a man who is the leader of 1.4b people am I not calling Him a terrorist by doing so?”

Halifax Regional Police are investigating the tweets as a possible hate crime after receiving complaints from members of the public, CTV News Atlantic reported. Staff Sgt. Donald Mosher said on Wednesday the investigation concerns social media comments “we believe may be [of] an antisemitic nature.”

Reddick turned himself in at police headquarters when he learned police were looking for him. He said he is not concerned about offending anyone or being charged.

“Not at all, because there was something like 40 million Africans died in the slave trade, you know, in the passage in the slave trade. At what point do you draw the line at freedom of expression?” he said. “I’m not at all concerned I’m going to be charged because I have freedom of expression, freedom of speech. I’m not threatening nobody.”

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  • Arthur Toporovsky

    What is fascinating to me is that he, like so many, seems to focus only on Jews in making his point. While Charlie Hebdo ‘satirized’ every group, including the Jews and Israelis, he thinks that focusing on Jews is making a point, as if they are never targeted in any way. Sadly, this bias and his ignorance of history are clear to see.

  • Norton Blaine

    What a joke. You’re Israeli, you’re not “shocked or saddened” by anything. You weren’t “shocked or saddened” over more than 2,000 civilians bombed to blood and guts by your country in a couple of weeks.

  • Anti-Semitism must be confronted – one hater at a time – until Jews can feel free of oppression wherever they live. It is sad, that at a time that Baird is in Israel to promote joint ventures, that there are people like this hot-dog vendor who think it is clever to be a Jew hater.

  • @Joseph probably not tweeting under the influence.Most muslims don’t drink,and just look at his face hit the little area that Algeimeiner posted with his comments. He looks like he could be a relative of the murderer of the Jewish victims who were at Hyper Cacher market

  • Rick k

    The big difference is that Jews maybe offended but we are not sending out a death squad.
    Everyone has a right to complain when they are offended, but not a right to kill.
    No religion is excerpt from satire and mock a Gpd or figure. This is different because it mocks the people and those who were killed because they were believers in something not the God.
    It’s like making fun of the massacre in Paris.

  • Alon P.

    This article is written very poorly in terms of how information moves.

    The final lines reiterate the PhD of hotdogology with the claims of Jewish slave trade involvement.

    So I would expect this from Mondoweise but not algeminer.

    Wiki- Jewish slave trade ” Historically some Jewish people owned and traded slaves.[3] Several scholarly works have been published[4] to rebut the antisemitic canard of Jewish domination of the slave trade in Medieval Europe, Africa, and/or the Americas,[5][6][7][8] and that Jews had no major or continuing impact on the history of New World slavery.[7][8][9][10] They possessed far fewer slaves than non-Jews in every Spanish territory in North America and the Caribbean, and in no period did they play a leading role as financiers, shipowners, or factors in the transatlantic or Caribbean slave trades.[11]

  • James Cheetham

    Amazing ignorance… if he is a Muslim sympathiser.

    It is a mater of record that Muslim Arabs (Omanis/Zanzibaris) were instrumental middle-men in the African slave trade.

  • Dov

    Slave trade? Wasn’t it Arabs that were involved in the salve trade? Seems Jews get blamed for everything.

  • Delilah

    Here we go again! Why is it that Jewish people always make excuses for anti-Semites? “oh he must’ve been drunk or he must’ve been this sorry must’ve been that”
    Have we really become so immune to the constant hate mongering that we excuse it?
    If that be the case then we will certainly implode from the inside and that would be sheer tragedy.

  • Rabbi Menashe Bovit

    This moron was trying to make the point that there is double standard in terms of advocating for the right to post satire or cartoons about Muhammad and making “jokes” about the holocaust or 9/11. He believed he would be met with intolerance and show that those who advocate free speech would change their tune when they felt insulted or offended. Fortunately for him he’s entirely wrong. Were he to be correct and offense was taken in the same way Muslims go psychotic over any perceived insult to their “prophet” he would would be dealing with danger to his person from Jews or patriotic Americans (and someone may likely be both). However only Muslims act out with violence over “insults”, The hotdog guy made a point he didn’t intend to make.

  • Edna

    As a Canadian citizen and a Jew, I disagree with Joeph Feld. Anti-Semites do not need drugs or booze to vituperate racist slurs. These should be considered very seriously as hate speech, and must be stopped forthwith.

    However, with so many other international topics available, I am surprised that the Algemener would lower themselves and give this hate inciter a platform.

  • Just another Canadian antisemite

  • Pinchos Woolstone

    Anti Semitism is in the DNA of the world, only when Moshiach arrives will it cease.
    It is a existential phenomena, nothing to do with societal attitudes, geopolitical circumstances or religious affiliations.

  • charlie johnson

    Those darn hot dogs contain pork.That is an insult to Allah,Better watch for those guys with the rag over their head..

  • These sort of comments are nothing new. Why should Algemeiner repeat such sentiments? He sounds like he may be tweeting under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Let him sober up.

    • Merkava4baz

      Wow, he is a very eloquent and courageous fighter for free speech. Let’s see him say the same about muslims and their prophet.
      He knows he can get away with his vitriol against Jews, because the worst thing that might happen to him is, he might receive a nasty letter.

    • DocReality

      You’re going to let drugs and alcohol be an excuse for this behavior? Mel Gibson was also drunk when he made anti-Jewish comments several years back. Alcohol and drugs DIS-inhibit an individual and allow them to make remarks which often reflect their TRUE beliefs. That being said, this man sounds like an anti-Semitic schvartze-schmuck.

    • Alison Weston

      Jerry Reddick should be put to sleep