May 18, 2016

URGENT! Soon it could be illegal to say THIS WORD in Canada — Please HELP me fight for free speech

Rebel Staff
 

Will it still be legal, for long, to call someone "anti-Semitic" in Canada? Here’s why I ask.

In November of 2014 I lost a defamation lawsuit brought by Khurrum Awan, the former youth president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. 

One of the reasons I lost was that the judge ruled that calling Awan an anti-Semite was defamatory.

But Awan used to be the youth president of an anti-Semitic group — the Canadian Islamic Congress. Back then the CIC was led by a notorious anti-Semite, Mohamed Elmasry. Elmasry went on national TV to declare that any adult in Israel is a legitimate target for terrorism. The CIC even called for the legalization of anti-Semitic terrorist groups.

And yet the judge ruled that it was defamatory for me to call their former youth president anti-Semitic.

Because Awan denied it in court, and said he never knew about his organization's infamous misconduct. The judge ruled I did not prove it was factually true.

What’s so incredible is that Awan himself testified at trial that he agreed it's reasonable for people to call certain statements by the Canadian Islamic Congress anti-Semitic.

I simply had to appeal this ruling.

And Monday — finally — I had my day at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

You can read my lawyer’s legal brief by clicking here.

My lawyer made many points, but a key one was this:

If the trial judge’s ruling is not overturned, there will be a great chill over free speech in Canada.

My lawyer gave the court a hypothetical example of a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Would it really be defamatory to call a member of the KKK racist, if he denied he was racist? Even though he admitted it’s fair to call the KKK itself racist?

There aren’t a lot of KKK activists on university campuses these days.

But there are a lot of pro-Hamas activists on campus, demonizing Israel and Jews, denying the last Holocaust even while calling for the next one.

If the precedent against me stands, any Jewish student or any righteous Gentile who dares to call out anti-Semites could be hauled before a court, and put through eight years of lawfare.

That’s how long it’s been for me — I first wrote those comments about Awan and the Canadian Islamic Congress back in 2008. And we’re still in court.

I have already received one legal bill from my lawyer, for his preparations for the appeal. And he hasn’t sent me the bill for our court appearance yet. I expect the total cost will be over $30,000.

And if we lose, I’ll need to apply to the Supreme Court of Canada.

This trial judgment doesn’t just affect my rights.

It’s a setback for freedom for everyone — especially for activists trying to fight back against anti-Semitism.

Imagine not being able to use that word to describe activists in anti-Semitic groups...

If you share my belief that we cannot let this ruling stand,PLEASE help me cover the costs of this appeal by visiting StandWithEzra.ca

Thanks for your support — for me, and for everyone who believes in free speech, and opposes lawfare.

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commented 2016-05-20 12:32:21 -0400
“Michael Mann commented 17 hours ago
Fraser,
That’s great – want a cookie? "

Careful Michael or he will report you to the Rebel and you’ll get a warning like I got.

But I agree, Fraser giving his whole life story in an open forum for all to see. Who cares but himself? What a tard!
commented 2016-05-20 12:28:19 -0400
Alberta Buck said, “Seems to me that one is only allowed to have an opinion on here as long as it meets your approval.”

And yet you post your opinion here with the same attitude, as does everyone else that posts a comment (with the exception of the socialist trolls who post here just to get a rise out of people).

Why would anyone bother to post a comment unless they believed that their comment was the correct one?

Each person has their own ideas and feels his/her ideas are the correct ones. That is called self-confidence. Self-confidence is not a bad thing. Self-confidence does not negate the validity of another person’s comment, though the other person may perceive that confidence as somehow not allowing anyone else to have their opinion. Not sure how, though.

But to assume that because a person posts his/her comment with the self-confidence that he/she has the correct opinion does not negate any countering opinions. Nor does it imply that any countering opinions need approval to be correct.

Basically, AB, I am saying that you are paranoid if you think that my comments imply you need my approval to post your comments.

You certainly do carry on a strange conversation, AB.
commented 2016-05-20 12:08:01 -0400
Alberta Buck asked me, “You feel you have the right to post an opinion, when you openly say outright, you really truly don’t care, and shouldn’t have to back it up or explain it when you are challenged on it….why is that?”

Of course I have the right to post my opinion without explaining it as does anyone else that posts a comment on TheRebel. That’s called freedom of speech. There are numerous times I have challenged others to explain their comment and they have not. I just shrug to myself and continue on with life since I know that they are not required to respond to my challenge. There is no code written nor unwritten that requires me to explain my comments.
commented 2016-05-20 10:58:01 -0400
Patti
I did not know the Sally Anne was just sending every thing to invading army from the middle east IT STOPS NOW
thanks
Enlightened Conservative
commented 2016-05-19 21:08:14 -0400
MARILYN NEILSON commented 3 hours ago
Holy smoke! I am becoming so tired of the obviously baiting comments from “Michael Mann” (I’m sure he chose that pseudonym on purpose) and “Alberta Buck” (if he’s a farmer as he claims, I’d be a monkey’s uncle….sounds more like a desk chair welfare recipient). All that any response to these two reprobates is achieving is to lessen the cerebral level of discussion between valid and honest Rebel subscribers. I suggest that no one “take the bait” to give these two creeps the thrill of receiving a reply to their idiotic blathering. Completely ignore them and let the rest of us Rebel persons revert to communicating intelligently between ourselves.

Really Marilyn, you dont say….
Two thoughts come to mind with your post…I take it your nephew is Coco then is it? Or is your nephew the Ikea monkey instead? You know nothing of me, but you hide behind a keyboard and make comments that are so far out in left field it isn’t funny. Well its the internet, I should know better than to expect someone to act with intelligence. You have never had any interaction with me on here and I outright challenge you to back up your comments.

And secondly, it also appears that no one is allowed to have an opinion different than yours, in fact seems several of you have this idea…so whats the deal, you all different characters all the work of TrigglyPuff? That is her attitude, the only opinion that matters is hers and everyone else can shut up and fuck off…be dammed, that’s the same thing I’ve been told here today, go figure.

I say what I say on here with the hopes that Lilley and others will realize there is people like me by the thousands, who would willingly support this site heavily if the bullshit theatrics were put aside. But as long as this site discredits Conservatives and the political right as a whole, damm right I will defend my position and choices.

I think some of you need to start walking the walk instead of just talking the talk.
Or is that you and several others on here are the paid trolls that you keep accusing me and others of being? Would explain a lot really. Pretty sad when the only way you think you can win an argument or discussion is by some desperate attempt to smear someone anonymously on the internet.
Did it make you feel good?
commented 2016-05-19 20:59:29 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 5 hours ago
Alberta Buck asked, “Do you dispute this fact?”

I am not going to take your bait, AB. I told you I do not care. I only pointed out people should stop posting their whining. That was it. It is you that brought up the issue of Ezra’s reference to “Paragraph 79” and what you see as his hypocrisy on the subject. I really, truly, honestly, don’t care about this issue.

Peter, why do you refer to me posting part of a court judgement to back up my earlier comments as “bait”? It is not bait, is is the truth and documented fact. You feel you have the right to post an opinion, when you openly say outright, you really truly don’t care, and shouldn’t have to back it up or explain it when you are challenged on it….why is that? Seems to me that one is only allowed to have an opinion on here as long as it meets your approval. If you don’t know the meaning of the word hypocrite, never mind looking it up, just look in a mirror, the person looking back at you is one…
Is that the mentality of Brian Jean, Stephen Harper and even Brian Lilley? Why do all three of those, like me, insist on and make a point of holding people accountable for what they say and do? You think that you should be able to say whatever you please with no recourse or backing it up, certainly not in the same class as those fellows. Seems I am in pretty darn good company after all aren’t I:)
commented 2016-05-19 20:44:29 -0400
@fraser MCBURNEY: Thank you Sir, for telling us your story and supporting The Rebel. One thing I would suggest is that you stop donating to the Salvation Army. Why? Because they’re diverting most donations to Syrians and turning Canadians away. A good friend of mine is sleeping on her floor because they wouldn’t give her a couch or bed after her apartment burned down. All of their furniture was marked “Syrian Only”. I stopped donating to them for that reason, and there are plenty of other so-called “charities” like the Red Cross (stealing Ft Mac donations to give to foreign Islamic countries like Afghanistan) which are doing the same.

Re words being outlawed. One non-word that SHOULD be abolished immediately: “Islamophobia”. It’s a made-up “word” from your friendly neighbourhood terrorists at CAIR-Hamas, coined when they saw what an effective brainwasher “homophobia” was.
commented 2016-05-19 20:04:57 -0400
I don’t agree with certain people on the rebel, but know you have my support on this cause.
commented 2016-05-19 19:45:44 -0400
Fraser,

That’s great – want a cookie?
commented 2016-05-19 19:30:11 -0400
Let’s see who has life experience
HERE IS MINE
Born in Montreal in 1948 from multi generations of Canadian parents
at the age of 2.5 years took my first trip by myself to the park 2 blocks away got in trouble.
Went to Wilson school at 5 years taken there for the first week then went on my own from then on.
Moved to Rawdon at the age of 7 would ride our bikes 7 miles to the 4 shouts les cascade (look it up on you tube) at the age of 9-10 went overnight camping there.
At the age 11 with my little brother traveled from Montreal to Shaidac new Brunswick by our selves for Christmas
In 1959 at the age of 11 my brothers and I flew for the first time on T.C.A. to Toronto Malton Airport.
from the age of 12 took care of my ill mother and my brother making sure the breakfast and lunch and supper were made by me.
Graduated High school while working at Stienberg’s part time Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 Friday from 5 to 9:30 Saturday from 8 am to 5:30 for 75 cents an hour the Mr. Stienberg saw me working and gave me a raise to 90 cents an hour.
At the age of 17 hooked up with a child hood friend fell in love.
Moved to Rome New York brought my girl friend with me and enrolled her in high school to complete.
Moved back to Montreal worked for Stienberg’s as a night manager.
went to night school Sir George Williams paid as I went
Worked for W..J. Westaway will there traveled on a cruise ship to the Caribean
went to the U.K for 6 weeks with my wife o yah got married before T
Took my brother in law in and brought him up 7 years
Went to the U.K. with my father for 6 weeks
in latter life I’ve been to Switzerland Austria Germany France,Portugal, Spain, Italy Algeria, Tunisia. Malta, all of the Caribean, Hawahii many times Mexico Every State in the U.S.A. save Alaska
Lived in Calgary been to every Province in Canada
Ran an International Business
Had a child took care of my dying mother in law father in lawapriciation father mother and my dying Brother
AND A HELL OF ALOT MORE
Now i’m retired and supporting causes I like
Donated to the REBEL the first day I heard of it
Donated to help fund the making of the Magna Carta video
Donated to the Sally Anne
I have letters of appreciation from members of parliament
serve in Riding association IE Town of Mount Royal, federal & provincial Served on the board of directors of the Outremont riding
NOW A MEMBER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA
AND A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE REBEL
The above is just a small sellection of experience I have like two near death experiences
commented 2016-05-19 19:27:30 -0400
What has been happening here? Sounds like a House of Commons battle.

No one is asking anyone to pay anything to write comments on TheRebel.com!
Did anyone notice that? It’s called ‘free’!

Are some of you people hired to write this annoying stuff or do you simply keep reinventing yourselves with new names to submit more antagonizing nonsense?
commented 2016-05-19 18:06:17 -0400
Peter,

Yes, that’s it exactly. Otherwise you wouldn’t lose your shit every time someone dares to question or call out Ezra.
commented 2016-05-19 18:03:54 -0400
Marilyn said, “All that any response to these two reprobates is achieving is to lessen the cerebral level of discussion between valid and honest Rebel subscribers.”

Yea, you are right. My bad.
commented 2016-05-19 18:01:42 -0400
Michael said, "The reality is that YOU want me to leave because you don’t want opposing views messing up your precious Rebel. The problem is actually you – not me. "

Sure, Michael, sure. That must be it. YAWN!
commented 2016-05-19 17:30:58 -0400
Robert,

Don’t be too overdramatic there with your fear mongering.
commented 2016-05-19 17:07:56 -0400
The reason I stand with Ezra for freedom pf speech is because if freedom of speech is taken away,then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to slaughter, as George Washington warned. That happened over 45 years ago with the beginning of the slaughter of Canada’s unborn, and now with the Liberals in power again quite possibly assisted death could soon be in place with horrific endings for
More of Canada’s most vulnerable. God help us.
commented 2016-05-19 16:59:52 -0400
Marilyn,

And yet you don’t have the brain power to follow your own advice and ignore opinions that you don’t like.
commented 2016-05-19 16:57:10 -0400
Holy smoke! I am becoming so tired of the obviously baiting comments from “Michael Mann” (I’m sure he chose that pseudonym on purpose) and “Alberta Buck” (if he’s a farmer as he claims, I’d be a monkey’s uncle….sounds more like a desk chair welfare recipient). All that any response to these two reprobates is achieving is to lessen the cerebral level of discussion between valid and honest Rebel subscribers. I suggest that no one “take the bait” to give these two creeps the thrill of receiving a reply to their idiotic blathering. Completely ignore them and let the rest of us Rebel persons revert to communicating intelligently between ourselves.
commented 2016-05-19 16:11:28 -0400
I love how Peter ignores facts that Alberta Buck provided and instead calls it bait – knowing full well that if he concedes to the comments from Ezra’s lawyer – it will prove that we are right and he can’t allow that.

Peter is a sheep.

They are so right about you on the other website.
commented 2016-05-19 16:07:36 -0400
Peter,

So let me get this straight – you feel that Ezra is above being called out and no one should be allowed to provide an opposing view. It doesn’t bother me, but it clearly bothers you when your hero is being questioned.

I don’t crave anything from the likes of people like you. The reality is that YOU want me to leave because you don’t want opposing views messing up your precious Rebel. The problem is actually you – not me.

Why don’t YOU move on to the next story and completely ignore me and other people here who have called out Ezra?
commented 2016-05-19 15:43:05 -0400
Michael said, "The difference is that the Toronto Star for example are not asking people to pay for their legal fees with hyperbolic and fear mongering headlines every time they get into legal trouble because they have a big mouth. "

My question for you is, Why does it bother you so very much? That question bring me back to the original statement that set you off on a tangent.

If you think his headline is an “hyperbolic and fear mongering headline” bent on extracting money from “suckers on his blog that will pay for his life and legal fees” then just go on to the next article or on to the next website.

As you so rudely call the “suckers on his blog” can make their own decisions with their own money.

I can tell you why you are here.

You are here because you crave attention from those “suckers on his blog” because you have a pathological need to be recognized, otherwise you would just leave and not come back.
commented 2016-05-19 15:35:27 -0400
Alberta Buck asked, “Do you dispute this fact?”

I am not going to take your bait, AB. I told you I do not care. I only pointed out people should stop posting their whining. That was it. It is you that brought up the issue of Ezra’s reference to “Paragraph 79” and what you see as his hypocrisy on the subject. I really, truly, honestly, don’t care about this issue.

AB said, “Secondly, why won’t you tell us why you blindly support Ezra,”

I don’t blindly support anyone at all, not even Ezra! Those are your words, not mine. I support TheRebel in cases where I think it is a worthy cause. And once again, it is not for you to know why I support TheRebel to the amount that I do. I guess I could ask you why you do not, but then I really do not care why.

AB said, “If you are unable to see again and again on here, how small nuggets of truth are being blown out of proportion and exaggerate, nothing I can do about that.”

Why do you continually make something out of nothing? How would you even know if I am unable to comprehend when a “nugget of truth” is taken out of proportion?

Without even knowing you, AB, I can say with a fair certainty that I am much more diversely read than you. That’s about all I do all day is read, read, read, read, read and read some more from all over the place left, right, center, conservative, socialist, whacky, comedy, scientific … a hell of a lot of science and technology bordering on the absurd … and much more. So please, don’t even consider telling me that I cannot see over-exaggerations in the reports from TheRebel or even from other websites.

AB said, “Unlike you, I have a farm to run so I’ll leave commenting on every story for the rest of the day to you.”

Good for you. Farm life is wonderful and good wholesome hard work. Been there, wish I could go back to it.
commented 2016-05-19 15:05:24 -0400
Peter,

Sure – headlines are created to grab readers. The difference is that the Toronto Star for example are not asking people to pay for their legal fees with hyperbolic and fear mongering headlines every time they get into legal trouble because they have a big mouth.

Ezra needs to understand that his mouth is writing checks that his ass can’t cash – but he expects people here to bail him out.
commented 2016-05-19 14:37:09 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 8 mins ago

Oh, the arrogance! It is your opinion that TheRebel is a gossip rag, not the truth. You have proven nothing. Your arrogance astounds me that you would think your opinion is “truth”. Prove your assertion.

It really isn’t your place to know why I support TheRebel. I did not tell you because it is none of your business.

Wow Peter, you never cease to amaze me with how closed your mind really is is the big picture, as always, you only see the part of it that fits your narrative and run with it.

I provided part of a court judgement that explained how Ezra attempted to defend himself against slander by claiming no one should really take him seriously…go back and reread it, yes that is what it says. Do you dispute this fact? Do you not find it rather ironic, that someone who claims so often to be speaking the truth, he himself admits when its to his own advantage that people shouldn’t pay much attention to what he says because, well to put it mildly, he bullshits often. And you have no issue with this? Or him only using the parts of the narrative that fit his cries for financial aid?

Secondly, why won’t you tell us why you blindly support Ezra, I mean you wouldn’t be posting the comments and such as you do to people like me and others if you didn’t now would you? You are livid that someone like me, a conservative and all to boot would dare to question anything on here, but oh ya, you somehow know me and that really I’m not, you said that once before now didn’t you lol. You would like to imply you are so much better than me, well my position is very clear, what is it you are scared of that you won’t do the same?

If you are unable to see again and again on here, how small nuggets of truth are being blown out of proportion and exaggerate, nothing I can do about that. And how that makes the “right” politically seem extremist and worse to the masses which has resulted in the political hell Alberta is in and the rest of the country federally, well I can give you explanation, but I cannot give you understanding.

Unlike you, I have a farm to run so I’ll leave commenting on every story for the rest of the day to you.
Have fun:)
commented 2016-05-19 14:36:24 -0400
Michael Mann, "URGENT! Soon it could be illegal to say THIS WORD in Canada. Then you are clearly taking advantage of people – because that’s not remotely going to happen and Ezra knows it, but he knows that he has suckers on his blog that will pay for his life and legal fees. "

Michael, I can think for myself. I know when something is sensationalized, don’t you? The same applies to my wallet. I open it only if I think it is a worthy cause. You make assumptions that just because Ezra speaks we all open our wallets and dump them into his out-held hands. Your assumption could not be further wrong, but coming from you it is not surprising.

ALL media both left and right sensationalize headlines. I guess Ezra should be complimented that you are holding his site up higher than all the other media websites on the planet.
commented 2016-05-19 14:14:17 -0400
Peter,

What are we doing here? I assume for the same reason why you might read or watch the mainstream media on occasion – to get an overall view.
commented 2016-05-19 14:12:43 -0400
Peter,

When you have to frame things like this:

URGENT! Soon it could be illegal to say THIS WORD in Canada.

Then you are clearly taking advantage of people – because that’s not remotely going to happen and Ezra knows it, but he knows that he has suckers on his blog that will pay for his life and legal fees.

Is that specific enough for you, you proud shit kickin’ hillbilly redneck?
commented 2016-05-19 14:08:38 -0400
Alberta Buck said, “Isn’t it funny Peter how when confronted with the truth …”

Oh, the arrogance! It is your opinion that TheRebel is a gossip rag, not the truth. You have proven nothing. Your arrogance astounds me that you would think your opinion is “truth”. Prove your assertion.

“your drivel above is the best response you can muster. "

No, I am holding back and being polite.

“Instead of explaining why you support Ezra and his bullshit cries for money to pay his legal fees like I asked you to, you attack me instead. "

It really isn’t your place to know why I support TheRebel. I did not tell you because it is none of your business.

And all the rest of your childish whimpering and insults in your comment is meaning drivel.

So you posted earlier, “So Peter, have you read the judgement against Ezra in the lawsuit referenced here? If so, I’m curious how you can defend someone who uses the likes of Paragraph 79 as a explanation of his actions which by his own words, should not be taken seriously?”

Now this is where you assume shit and blast me for supporting Ezra when all I did was to tell people that an adult would just leave the page or the site and not post a whimpering. It is your lackluster brain that assumes I supported Ezra’s plea for money. Support the site or not, but telling the world why you are not supporting Ezra is a child’s comment.
commented 2016-05-19 13:51:53 -0400
Please, people, all of you who are complaining at just how terrible TheRebel is, what are you doing here?
commented 2016-05-19 13:47:13 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 34 mins ago
Alberta Buck said, “It is disappointing how the sensationalism and style of a gossip rag seem to be the modus operandi of this site,”

Then what are you doing here? Why are you associating yourself with, as you say, this gossip rag?

Please, Alberta Buck, go away from here before us “gossips” drag your superior self-righteousness down to our level.

Bye now! Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out! … … or my point steel toed redneck cowboy boot!

Isn’t it funny Peter how when confronted with the truth, your drivel above is the best response you can muster. Instead of explaining why you support Ezra and his bullshit cries for money to pay his legal fees like I asked you to, you attack me instead. Yes compared to you who think you speak for everyone on the right, I do consider myself superior, seeing how I stick to facts and have no problem explaining my position or how I arrive at it. Maybe you should try it sometime before you come across being all self righteous and such and like this is your personal sounding board. And maybe if that cowboy boot of yours had even half the cowshit on it that mine do, I just might somewhat respect what you say. Maybe you should grow a set of balls and actually answer the questions I put to you in my last post, that is if you are half the man your mother was…so how about eh?