Envoy Says Zionists Run Media by Stewart Bell
Raymond Baaklini, the Lebanese ambassador, shown in a file photo, said yesterday: "90% of the mass media in Canada is controlled by Jews or Zionists."
Lebanon's ambassador to Ottawa is under fire for comments he made about Canada in an Arabic-language newspaper in response to the government's decision to ban Hezbollah.
In an interview with the newspaper Sada al Machric, Raymond Baaklini said Canada outlawed the terrorist group last month because of pressure from a "Zionist party" that he said "controls 90% of the Canadian media."
He also advised that Canadians travelling in the Arab world should not wear Canada T-shirts anymore, and said he had been told that "Canadian police always suspect every man with a beard and every woman with a veil."
Lebanese-Canadian and Canadian Jewish organizations said yesterday they were contacting Bill Graham, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to protest the remarks and seek a reprimand for the ambassador.
Foreign Affairs said last night it was looking into the matter. "The translation that we received is indeed cause for concern," said Rodney Moore, a department spokesman. "We're going to be reviewing the original text."
Yesterday, the ambassador confirmed to the National Post he made the comments. He said the remarks were meant for an Arabic audience and he might have phrased them differently if he were addressing English readers.
The Dec. 31 edition of the Arabic-language newspaper asked the ambassador for his response to Canada's "unfair" policy on Hezbollah and published his reply verbatim over two pages.
"The most stubborn party benefiting from this subject is the Zionist party that exists in Canada," he was quoted as saying. "As you know this party controls 90% of the Canadian media. It takes instructions and help from many Zionist organizations either in Canada or abroad. Therefore if we don't say the Zionist movement had the number two role, it had the number one role and America comes second."
Asked what he meant by these remarks, the ambassador told the Post: "I wanted to say exactly that 90% of the mass media in Canada is controlled by Jews or Zionists, and those Jews and Zionists, they are also supported by other organizations in the States."
Canadian Jewish leaders are outraged
"Not only are such comments insulting to Canada and to Canadian values, they are also actionable under Canadian human rights legislation and the Criminal Code, but for diplomatic immunity," said Keith Landy, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
"I would call upon the Canadian government and specifically Foreign Minister Graham to call in the Ambassador and to admonish him that in Canada, we take a dim view of such comments and that they are completely unacceptable."
Frank Dimant of B'nai Brith Canada called the remarks "crude" and said they were "just not acceptable public discourse in this country. His reference to Zionists controlling the media -- standard fare for the propagandists of the Middle East -- is just a rehash of age-old anti-Semitic canards."
Left: Keith Landry, president of the Canadian Jewish Congress speaks at a pro-Israel rally. The only two things that matter to Mr. Landry are Jews and Israel. Right: Landry again, this time with booze king and president of the "World" Jewish Congress, Edgar Bronfman. Bronfman headed the effort to extort billions from various European countries as "holocaust reparations." Both Bronfman and Landry are furious that the Ambassador would dare mention Jewish media control!
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