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Farber of the Canadian Jewish
Congress said his organization
has been inundated with calls
from Canadian Jews and
non-Jews alike who are
outraged by Zündel's
Zündel seeks refugee status in
CTV.ca News Staff
Ernst Zündel was returned to
Canada by U.S. authorities, who accused
him of over-staying his welcome on a
temporary U.S. visa. Zündel left
Canada in 2001 after years of legal
troubles that he said compromised his
freedom of speech.
Zündel, 63, was handed over to
Canadian immigration officials by U.S.
officials on Wednesday. He had been in
custody in Tennessee for over-staying a
temporary U.S. visa. He is currently being
held at a detention centre in Niagara
There are reports Zündel is
seeking refugee status in Canada,
apparently because he faces jail if he
returns to his place of birth,
which now has some of the world's
strongest anti-hate laws, Zündel
has been convicted in absentia of
"I won't comment about specifics,"
Immigration Minister Denis Coderre
said outside the House of Commons. "I'm
totally dedicated to make sure that the
legitimate people who are seeking our
generosity will be facilitated. But ...
those who are trying the system and who
give a bad reputation to our system should
Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress
(CJC) said Thursday his organization has
been inundated with calls from Canadian
Jews and non-Jews alike who are outraged
by Zündel's return.
"This is a man that nobody wants,"
Farber told Canada AM.
"His website is still replete with
anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial
material. The whole thing is really
shameful that he's back."
Farber said the CJC and the Canadian
Human Rights Commission plan to serve
Zündel with contempt of court papers
for failing to remove content from his
website, which could result in a five-year
Joel Guberman, an immigration
lawyer, says that makes for a "bizarre"
twist in Zündel's refugee claim.
"You could almost say that if he was in
reasonable fear of persecution, he might
claim that Canada was where (he was)
persecuted the most," Guberman said.
"It is a travesty for our system," he
Zündel left Canada in 2001, vowing
never to return. He was at the centre of a
long-running human rights complaint that
accused him of spreading anti-Semitic hate
literature through his website. A Canadian
human rights tribunal ordered Zündel
last year to remove hate literature from
his Web site, citing 33 specific documents
it considered offensive.
He has questioned whether the
extermination of millions of Jews during
the Second World War ever happened. He was
once described by the U.S. Jewish
League as "Canada's leading pro-Nazi
and Holocaust-denial propagandist."
Zündel is not a Canadian citizen
although he lived in the country for
almost 40 years after immigrating from
Germany in 1958 and becoming a permanent
resident. He wrote and ran his website
from Toronto, before moving the U.S.
Zündel was arrested outside his
home in Sevierville, about 30 kilometres
east of Knoxville, Tenn. U.S. immigration
officials said he violated his terms of
admission to the country as a visitor by
failing to attend a hearing for an
Zündel left Canada in 2001, vowing
never to return. Zündel is not a
Canadian citizen although he lived in the
country for almost 40 years after
immigrating from Germany in 1958 and
becoming a permanent resident.
In the 1970s he ran a Toronto-based
publishing company that produced books
with titles such as The Hitler We Loved
and Why. In the 1980s, Canadian officials
tried to shut him down, first by
temporarily suspending his mailing
privileges and later by suing him
criminally for "knowingly publishing false
He was convicted but the Supreme Court
struck down the "false news" law in 1992
before he could be sent to jail.
Canada refused to grant him
citizenship, prompting his move to
Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton
McGuinty and the Canadian
Jewish Congress have demanded that
Ottawa reject any request by Zündel
to re-enter the country.
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