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Canadian University to File Human Rights Complaint Against Tenured Professor Suspended for Blaming Jews, Israel for 9/11 Attacks

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Prof. Anthony James Hall. Photo: Youtube/Screenshot.

Prof. Anthony James Hall. Photo: Youtube/Screenshot.

Canada’s University of Lethbridge is planning to file a human rights complaint against a tenured professor who used his classroom as a platform from which to blame the Jews and Israel for the 9/11 attacks and other conspiracy theories, the student newspaper The Lethbridge Herald reported.

According to the report, school officials said they are concerned that Professor Anthony Hall — who, as The Algemeiner reported, was suspended without pay in October — may have violated a section of the Alberta Human Rights Act, which prohibits publicly publishing discriminatory content.

According to a statement provided to the student newspaper, the Board of Governors decided to move forward with a complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, citing Hall’s “publishing statements, alone and in collaboration with others, that could be considered hateful, contemptuous and discriminatory.”

The report said that the school is specifically concerned with Hall’s use of his Facebook page to promote “virulent and antisemitic comments;” his public accusations that Jews and Israel were to blame for 9/11; and his “rhetorically asking” school administrators during meetings if they were Jewish.

Despite the complaint and Hall’s being barred from teaching or conducting research in his capacity as a faculty member, the school said it has decided to reinstate his salary.

“Given our understanding of the potential length that this process could take, we do believe that continuing to withhold Dr. Hall’s pay would be punitive and therefore inappropriate,” the school said.

Responding to the university’s decision to move ahead with the case, Hall told the Lethbridge Herald, “I know of no similar situation where a university administration prepares a complaint to Human Rights Tribunal in order to justify after the fact a gross violation of collective agreement.”  

Hall — a co-host of the YouTube program “False Flag Weekly News” — has come under fire in the past, as The Algemeiner reported, for spreading his antisemitic sentiments. In June, Lethbridge defended Hall’s right to do so, on the grounds of academic freedom.

According to anonymous student reviews of Hall’s courses, the professor “basically abuses the stage he receives as a ‘teacher’” and “would rather spread his misguided views than actually teach a class.”  

Hall did not respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment by press time.

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