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Ex-imam removed from running in Canadian elections over past comments

Hassan Guillet will no longer be able to stand for office after B’nai Brith lifted lid on his prior support for Raed Salah and remarks about 'Zionists controlling governments'

Hassan Guillet denying claims of antisemitism on Facebook (Screenshot from video on globalnews.ca)
Hassan Guillet denying claims of antisemitism on Facebook (Screenshot from video on globalnews.ca)

The Liberal Party of Canada ousted a candidate for upcoming national election after B’nai Brith Canada revealed past allegedly antisemitic comments.

Hassan Guillet, a former imam running for election in a Montreal district, was removed on Friday from contention for the Oct. 21 election. Gulliet gained international attention when he spoke out following a 2017 mosque attack in Quebec City.

But according to B’nai Brith, Guillet’s past has included celebrating the release of a pro-Hamas activist Raed Salah, who said Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks; accusing “Zionists” of controlling U.S. politics; and describing Israel as an “apartheid” state.

B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn welcomed Guillet’s turfing and said, “the antisemitic tropes of ‘Zionists controlling governments’ and of ‘dual loyalty’ are two of the more abhorrent expressions of paranoid anti- Jewish conspiracy theories.”

The Liberal Party of Canada said in a statement that Guillet’s past comments “do not correspond to the party’s values”

 

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