B’nai Brith Canada is commending the University of Lethbridge for officially suspending Anthony Hall, a Globalization Studies professor who vocally supports Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories blaming the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on Israel. A video posted to YouTube this morning by Hall outlines that he has been suspended from his position without pay, as the university prepares termination procedures.
“It is gratifying to see that the university has taken decisive action, and has chosen to protect their students and their reputation as an institute of higher learning,” said B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn.
In a recent statement, University of Lethbridge President Michael J. Mahon confirmed that Hall “does not speak on behalf of the University or its faculty, staff and students.”
In the video, Hall accuses B’nai Brith of “taking control” of the University of Lethbridge’s administration and of advancing its own political agenda. Hall has previously charged B’nai Brith with abusing “Jewish victimhood” and of “policing citizens for supposed thought crimes and speech crimes.”
Hall also suggests that his suspension from the university is somehow an “assault” on tenured professors across Canada, blaming the “organized Zionist lobby” of “breaking down the structural basis for free and open discussion” on campus.
“This is not an attack on academic freedom, but rather a response to falsehoods being presented as academia,” says Amanda Hohmann, Director of B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights. “Tenured professors should all be concerned with what Hall has done in his capacity as a member of the University of Lethbridge faculty. He has used his credentials as an educator to establish the legitimacy of the theories he espouses.”
Hall has been the subject of much controversy and media coverage since B’nai Brith exposed an antisemitic image posted to his Facebook page in August, which led to a subsequent police investigation that was closed without criminal charges (page doesn’t exist).
Last week, B’nai Brith launched a petition that called on the University of Lethbridge to investigate Hall, which has attracted over 1,500 signatures.