Bernie Farber, the former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress and current leader of the “Canadian Anti-Hate Network,” was caught spreading a hate hoax on Sunday in an effort to smear Canadian truckers.
Farber posted an image of an anti-Semitic flier and said it was, “Taken by a friend in Ottawa at the Occupation. Apparently in plain sight.”
It turns out the exact same photograph was shared by someone on Twitter two weeks ago in Miami.
After being exposed, Farber blamed his “friend from Ottawa” and insisted the “friend” told him they “saw the same thing,” though Farber himself said he “cannot attest to it” as he’s not even in Ottawa.
“That said racist and antisemitic posters and flyers have now been seen by others,” Farber insisted.
Farber’s Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a thinly veiled pro-Israel advocacy organization modeled after the Anti-Defamation League, received $250,000 from Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2021.
Farber’s Anti-Hate Network posted an article on Friday calling for new “anti-hate” legislation to advance mass internet censorship and imprison Canadians who post “hate” online.
The article said the Ottawa “occupation” shows “why we need anti-hate legislation.”
“Every day the government allows social media companies to self-regulate, Canadians are getting misled, enraged, and absorbed into the far-right and Covid conspiracy movement,” Farber’s group said. “Now a far-right mob has occupied the capital.”
“It will be difficult, if not impossible, for members of the intertwined antivaxx and far-right movement to come back to reality. New people are finding them every day. With online harms legislation, we may be able to disrupt that pipeline by making it harder for dis/misinformation to find people. We may be able to build a fence of protection both online and offline around the groups that the far-right slanders, harasses, threatens, and attacks. We have to try.”
Trudeau’s Liberals announced on the same day that they’re planning to reintroduce their “anti-hate” online censorship bill C-36 “as soon as possible.”