July 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A video has emerged featuring Monika Schaefer, a former Green Party of Canada candidate, denying the Holocaust. In response, Martin Sampson, Director of Communications of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement:
As a Holocaust denier, Ms. Schaefer, who appears in this absurd video, has earned her place on the very margins of society. Her comments would be laughable but for the intense pain they cause the Survivor community and their descendants. Denying the Holocaust exposes her as an antisemitic ignoramus. The truth is the Holocaust was industrialized, state-sponsored murder committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people. It is the most well-documented genocide—by both perpetrator and victim—in history. To deny this fact is to spit in the face of truth. That she voluntarily puts herself in the company of Ernst Zündel is all anyone needs to know to evaluate her and her hate-inciting comments. She is irrelevant to public discourse and offensive to anyone with an ounce of decency.
Unfortunately, Ms. Schaefer is not the only Holocaust denier to have a platform in the digital world. All people of good will should be concerned by this type of rubbish, particularly given the significant global increase in antisemitism we are observing today.
We notice that Ms. Schaefer was involved in the Green Party of Canada since its inception and stood for election as a Green Party candidate in 2006, 2008 and 2011 in the riding of Yellowhead. Given that party leader Elizabeth May presided over Ms. Schaefer’s rejection as a candidate in 2014, Ms. May will no doubt acknowledge that the Green Party is particularly susceptible to infiltration by Holocaust deniers, promoters of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and 9/11 Truthers. In order to remain credible, the Green Party must stop people who hold these abhorrent views from hijacking the party, distracting it from its mission, and relegating it to the margins.