University of Lethbridge Removes Fall Classes With Professor Accused of Holocaust Denial
A Canadian professor under investigation for Holocaust denial will not teach courses next fall, according to a human rights group who objected to his return to the classroom.
Anthony Hall, a tenured professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, was listed as recently as late July on the school’s online course catalog as teaching two classes in the fall 2018 semester — “Capital, Culture and Globalization” and “Globalization and Education,” B’nai Brith Canada said.
Yet school officials have previously indicated that Hall — who has blamed Israel for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and called for “open debate” on the Holocaust in a video for a Holocaust-denying group — would not be allowed to lead classes pending the completion of an internal investigation.
After B’nai Brith complained to the university, “the courses were quickly scrubbed from the website and the Registrar confirmed that Hall would not be teaching” the aforementioned courses, the group said. “No explanation was provided, however, as to why the courses had been listed in the first place.”
A university spokesperson was not available for comment.
Hall — who in June accused “philanthropic families of Jewish background” of funding “the Islamophobia industry” — 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 internal inquiry, 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.”
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.”