Aug. 8, 2018
By Ran Ukashi & Daniel Koren
B'nai Brith Canada
It’s official: Professor Anthony Hall will not be returning to the classroom.
On Wednesday, the University of Lethbridge confirmed that Hall, who has faced an internal investigation since B’nai Brith Canada exposed his promotion of online Holocaust denial videos and other antisemitic tropes, will not be teaching any classes during the upcoming fall 2018 academic semester.
“The University of Lethbridge confirms that Dr. Anthony Hall will be retiring from the U of L in the fall of 2018 and therefore will not be teaching any classes during the upcoming fall 2018 academic semester,” a statement from the university read.
Last week, B’nai Brith reported that Hall was listed as teaching two courses during the fall 2018 semester. After registering a complaint, the university immediately removed Hall’s name from the syllabus.
“This is a monumental and precedent-setting victory for human rights in Canada,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “B’nai Brith commends our supporters for keeping pressure on the university, the Government of Alberta, and ultimately on Hall himself. Students should not be subjected to Hall’s brand of hatred and xenophobia, which clearly have no place in an academic setting.”
Hall was first suspended by the university in October of 2016 after B’nai Brith learned he was promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories (including that Israel and U.S. Jews staged the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks) in the classroom. He has also collaborated with German-Canadian siblings Monika and Alfred Schaefer, who are both facing trial in Germany for inciting hatred against Jews, in producing Holocaust denial videos.