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Ex-imam barred from Canadian elections over alleged anti-Semitic comments

Liberal Party of Canada nixes Hassan Guillet after B’nai Brith unearths past statements suggesting Zionists control US politics

Former Liberal Party candidate Hassan Guillet (Courtesy of B'nai Brith Canada via JTA)
Former Liberal Party candidate Hassan Guillet (Courtesy of B'nai Brith Canada via JTA)

MONTREAL (JTA)—The Liberal Party of Canada ousted a candidate for upcoming national election after B’nai Brith Canada revealed past allegedly anti-Semitic 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 US politics; and describing Israel as an “apartheid” state.

B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn welcomed Guillet’s turfing and said, “the anti-Semitic 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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