Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, May 13, 2003
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rights panel warned firm of hate
Internet giant pulls Zündel's Web
A LARGE U.S. Internet
service provider has pulled the plug on
Ernst Zündel's controversial
Web site after the Canadian Human Rights
Commission warned the site contained hate
In a March 27 letter to the chief
executive officer of QWest Communications,
a Denver-based company with 25 million
customers, the commission brought the
Zündel site to the Internet giant's
have an acceptable use policy and when the
Canadian Human Rights Commission brought
to our attention that Mr. Zündel was
publishing hateful material we worked ...
to see it was removed," said Claire
Maledon, spokeswoman for QWest.
QWest's policy prohibits distribution
of material that is hateful, obscene,
Daniel Lavoie, spokesman for the
commission, said Mr. Zündel's return
to Canada in February after his
deportation from the United States revived
the commission's interest in the ruling
that the Zündel site was spreading
material inciting hatred against Jews, a
violation of the Canadian Human Rights
however, re-emerged yesterday on
another U.S. host server.
Mr. Zündel is in detention in
Canada pending a Federal Court review of
the government's declaration that he is a
threat to national security, an order
requiring removal to his native
He lived in Canada for decades, drawing
criticism for his Holocaust denial and for
publishing the views of neo-Nazis and
white supremacists. Some of the material
placed on the Zündel site brought
public complaints to the commission in
It sparked a lengthy case before the
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Hearings
started on May 26, 1997, and ended on Feb.
28, 2001. A decision was rendered on Jan.
the time the decision was filed, Mr.
Zündel had left Canada for Tennessee
and the Zündel site was moved from a
Canadian-based Internet server to one in
the United States.
Jewish groups were pleased the
commission is aggressive in enforcing the
"It is important that all effective
means be used against any individual who
would support or spread hate. The content
of the Web site he was found responsible
for continues to contain much of the
original material," said Anita Bromberg,
in-house counsel for B'nai
Brith Canada, a group accepted as an
interested party in the original complaint
against the site.
The actions of the commission drew the
ire of Ingrid Rimland, Mr.
Zündel's wife, who called the
tribunal that ruled against her husband an
"obscene, Marxist-flavoured outfit."
In an e-mail to supporters, she
"An administrative Canadian
body with no enforcement powers of
their own -- recently described by
Ernst as a 'hick tribunal' that had
ruled that historical truth not be
allowed as a defense -- is telling an
American communications giant like
QWest to 'cease and desist' -- or have
its employees face arrest at the
northern border! And the giant falls to
his knees and gives in."
Ms. Rimland did not return phone calls
Mr. Lavoie and Ms. Maledon said no such
threat against Qwest employees was ever
Meanwhile, Mr. Zündel's U.S.
lawyer, Boyd W. Venable III, who
lived near Mr. Zündel and his wife in
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., said he was filing
suit in U.S. court claiming Mr.
Zündel's deportation to Canada was
"Zündel had been living with his
wife peaceably in Tennessee for almost
three years, awaiting immigration
processing. He posed a threat to no one,"
Mr. Venable said in a written
He said U.S. immigration authorities
were sent written notification by Mr.
Zündel's immigration attorney of a
need to change a scheduled court
appearance in Mr. Zündel's bid to be
granted status in the United States.
Despite that, when Mr. Zündel did not
appear in court he was deemed to have
abandoned his claim and was immediately
deported to Canada, Mr. Venable
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