Six Internet Hate Sites In Canada Pulled, Because Of Friends Of Simon Wiesenthal Center Alert

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SIX INTERNET HATE SITES IN CANADA PULLED, BECAUSE OF FRIENDS OF SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ALERT

TORONTO, February 14, 2004......Six Internet Hate sites in possible violation of the Criminal Code and/or sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act have been pulled, based on an alert from Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Leo Adler, National Affairs Director, who was recently named a member to the Federal Cross-Cultural Roundtable On Security said,   "Our Center regularly monitors websites and advises servers about sites that appear to breach Canada’s hate and/or anti-terrorist legislation.

"Earlier this week we identified six  sites operating from the Rack Force server  in Kelowna, BC which  have now been taken down,” added Adler. 

They include:
www.shareeah.org
www.islaam-online.net
www.Jewstoislam.com
www.Worldofislam.us
www.newsuncovered.org
www.al-thabaat.com

·The Shareeah site headed by Abu Hamza Al-Misri, who is now imprisoned and awaiting deportation to the U.S. under its “Terrorism Act”. The site itself promotes and celebrates suicide bombers and gives full moral and religious support to suicide bombings.

·The islaam-online site is an extensive Islamic site which includes “fatwas” or religious rulings advocating “Jihaads” and extolling al-Qaeda (clearly a terrorist group).

·Jewstoislam is a site that completely denigrates the Jewish religion and includes articles such as “Rabbi Sucking Blood from a Babies [sic]  Penis”.

·The Worldofislam site has links to various known terrorist and terrorist supporting websites such as JihadUnspun – a known Bin Laden supporter, Aztlan – a viciously antisemitic website, Hamasonline – banned in Canada, Al-Manar TV – banned in many countries and Hezbollah – also banned in Canada.

·Newsuncovered fashions itself as a legitimate news online publication, but many of its articles are clearly aimed at reviving and revamping stereotypical antisemitic myths.

·While the al-thabaat site is still under construction, its main page carries a flag with the inscription “There is no other God but Allah”, which is also known to be used by various terrorist groups, such as Hizbut Tahrir.

"While our organization does not advocate censorship,” added Adler, “we do believe that the essence of Canada and Canadian values is that free speech is always to be tolerated, no matter how distasteful the contents may be, while hate speech can never be acceptable."

                                                                            

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ABOUT FRIENDS OF SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST STUDIES
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. With over 40,000 members of all faiths, it confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. Friends is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe, with offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aries and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal himself still works out of his Vienna office.

                 

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