Canadian Professor Accused of Holocaust Denial Blames Jewish Families for ‘Islamophobia Industry’
A Canadian professor under investigation over allegations of Holocaust denial has been condemned by a prominent Jewish human rights group for “peddling fresh antisemitic conspiracy theories.”
In a June 15 episode of his online show False Flag Weekly News, Anthony Hall of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta accused “philanthropic families of Jewish background” of funding “the Islamophobia industry.” He then claimed that “false-flag terrorism is a possible related subject.”
Hall’s comments were brought to light by B’nai Brith Canada, which in 2016 also helped expose his controversial views on Mideast affairs, the 9/11 attacks, and the Holocaust — including his call for “open debate” on the genocide in video testimony for a group founded by Holocaust denier Bradley Smith.
“It is disappointing, though frankly not surprising, to see Anthony Hall fall back on his antisemitic conspiracy theories as he faces professional difficulties,” said B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn. “Hall continues to demonstrate why he is unfit to teach students at the University of Lethbridge, or at any other self-respecting academic institution.”
Hall — the tenured founding coordinator of the university’s Globalization Studies program — was first suspended without pay in September 2016, with Lethbridge citing his views “that have been characterized as being anti-Semitic, supportive of holocaust denial and engagement in conspiracy theories.”
He was reinstated in November, after the university’s Board of Governors and Faculty Association agreed that all “outstanding issues” surrounding Hall will be addressed through an ongoing internal investigation, carried out according to the Faculty Handbook. Hall has not taught a class at the university since his suspension.
A supporter of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign, Hall claimed in a February 2016 interview with Iran-owned PressTV that the Islamic State (ISIL) “is USA,” and alleged that then CIA director John Brennan was “probably involved in the supply chain to get … chemical weapons to ISIL.”
In an August 2016 interview, Hall spoke of the “false flag terror event on 9/11,” calling it “a Zionist job — Israel-first neo-con job — with Benjamin Netanyahu having laid out the scenario way back in 1979.”
The professor has also suggested that “Canada is becoming a servant of the Israeli warrior state,” and argued that “Israeli propaganda” seeks “to mislead the world about the nature of the Iranian nuclear program.”
Hall’s views are divisive among his former students. A 2008 review on the website RateMyProfessors warned, “Anyone who doesnt believe in the 9/11 conspiracy should not take this class.” Some six years later, a student approvingly wrote, “Professor Hall opened my eyes about many current events that have brought the USA to wars, such as the concept of False Flags.”