By Aidan Fishman
Campus Advocacy Co-ordinator
B’nai Brith Canada
Monika Schaefer, who stood as the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Alberta riding of Yellowhead in 2006, 2008 and 2011, is denying the Holocaust in a homemade Youtube video.
Schaefer has also taken credit for convincing Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to submit a 9/11 conspiracy petition to Parliament in 2014.
In the YouTube video, Schaefer describes the Holocaust as “the most persistent lie in all of history,” claims that victims of Nazi death camps “were kept as healthy and as well-fed as was possible,” and asserts that “there were no gas chambers there”. She concludes by denouncing “the 6-million lie” and recommending that viewers read the works of Ernst Zündel, a German Holocaust denier deported from Canada in 2005.
B’nai Brith Canada tried to reach the Green Party to relay concerns but calls from the organization were neither answered nor returned.
“The lies spouted by Schaefer in this video are disgusting, and deeply offensive to Holocaust survivors, the Jewish Community, and Canadian values in general,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “The Green Party must denounce Schaefer and distance itself from all Holocaust-denying groups and individuals. B’nai Brith has filed a report with YouTube concerning the Holocaust-denying channel on which Schaefer’s video was posted, and hope to see it shut down.”
The Green Party has recently come under fire for discussing motions to endorse the anti-Israel boycott movement and revoke the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) at its annual convention in Ottawa this August. May also is sponsoring a petition to reverse Parliament’s condemnation of the anti-Israel boycott movement in February.
This is not the first time that the Green Party has been connected to Holocaust deniers. In a recent interview with the Jerusalem Post, May stated that both the JNF and “Independent Jewish Voices” (IJV), the group sponsoring the anti-JNF motion, had been invited to the Green Party convention to address its membership. Previous research by B’nai Brith has revealed that IJV promoted Holocaust denial through its social media pages. Sid Shniad, who promoted Holocaust denial via his personal Twitter account, remains the Co-Chair of IJV and a member of its National Steering Committee.
To watch Schaefer’s video, click below. Be advised that the content is highly disturbing. It is not suitable for children.