Just months after Ontario decided not to charge a Toronto man with hate crimes, partly because he was undergoing rehabilitation, he is again being investigated over his online writings on a website called Filthy Jewish Terrorists.
Police are probing Salman Hossain's recent postings on the Arizona-based Internet site on which he writes harshly about Jews, Christians and moderate Canadian Muslims, whom he calls "traitors."
He refers to Jews as "diseased and filthy," "the scum of the earth," "psychotic" and "mass murderers" and writes that "a genocide should be perpetrated against the Jewish populations of North America and Europe."
In addition, he blames Jews for terrorist plots, such as the Toronto 18 bomb conspiracy, which was the work of Islamist extremists. He also praises God for "the victorious resistance operations" in Afghanistan.
Abbee Corb of the Hate Crimes Extremism Investigative Team, which is made up of representatives of 13 Ontario municipal police forces, confirmed yesterday that an investigation is underway.
"We are, as a team, collectively looking at this individual. As far as what investigations we have underway, of course that information I can't release because that could compromise any investigations that are ongoing.
"However, you can rest assured that the hate crimes extremism investigative team -- again 13 police services -- is looking into him and investigating him as we speak."
In an email exchange with a National Post reporter, Mr. Hossain was unapologetic. Asked about the investigation, he responded that, "Your hate laws are only being used to stop the truth from being spoken."
"I don't fear telling the truth and I don't answer to racist genocidal Jews who want to call ME a hater, when Jews hate ALL NON-JEWS. It's not my fault you people rape babies, then cry foul when someone exposes it," Mr. Hossain responded.
Canada's hate crimes law prohibits supporting or promoting genocide, as well as the communication of statements (other than in private conversation) that wilfully promote hatred against an identifiable group.
"This is a slam dunk," Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said after reading the Internet postings. He called for an immediate investigation and was joined by writer Tarek Fatah, one of several so-called Muslim "traitors" named on the site.
"It's pretty hard to believe that in the 20th century there is a blogger right here in Canada who calls for the genocide of the Jewish people. Can it get any worse than that?" Mr. Farber said.
Dave Ross, a spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police, said yesterday the Hate Crimes and Extremism Unit of the force's anti-terror section "was aware of a site and is conducting an investigation."
Counterterrorism investigators first took notice of Mr. Hossain, who claims to know the ringleader of the Toronto 18 plot, three years ago after he posted messages online supporting terrorist attacks in Canada.
"We should do that here in Canada as well," he wrote at the time. "Kill as many Western soldiers as well so that they think twice before entering foreign countries on behalf of their Jew masters ... if there were any planned attacks against Canadian/ American soldiers by 'Muslim militants' in Canadian soil, I'd support
After the National Post first reported on the investigation of Mr. Hossain, students at University of Toronto at Mississauga began a campaign to have him expelled or suspended for tarnishing the image of Canadian Muslims and the campus. Almost 500 people joined a Facebook page calling for his expulsion.
The OPP hate crimes and extremism unit conducted a lengthy investigation and brought the case to Ontario Attorney-General Chris Bentley last year.
After reviewing the case, however, Mr. Bentley decided not to press criminal charges because he said Mr. Hossain had taken down the postings in question, had refrained from similar conduct for over a year and was undergoing rehabilitation.
But Mr. Hossain is now posting on filthyjewishterrorists.com,where he writes that he is now at York University and that "there are tons of Jews on campus." A York spokesman confirmed he is a student. "No one in this world can take our history away from us. Especially not the cancerous group of people calling themselves Jews or Judeo-Christians who are going to be genocided in the near future," he writes.
He writes about "honorable hatred of the Jews" and makes derogatory comments about a federal prosecutor who helped convict one of the ringleaders of the Toronto 18 terrorist group.
Mr. Farber said that when Mr. Bentley decided against prosecuting Mr. Hossain last year, he promised to streamline the investigation of hate crimes to make the process faster. Mr. Farber said it is now time to put that new system into action.
"I think we can all agree on one thing, that calling for the murder of an entire people has to be dealt with by the law and
ONLINE POSTINGS: Selected excerpts from the website www.filthyjewishterrorists.com
"Could Vancouver 2010 Olympics be the next 9/11? I honestly truly believe that Jewish terrorists are scouting around Vancouver, Whistler, and other areas of the Province. With the potential for terrorist atrocities happening, one must take into account any public facilities and businesses that are owned by members of the Jewish community, and who are worth almost nothing in property values and assets?"
-"All the praises is due to God Almighty for the victorious resistance operations being carried out by the brothers in Afghanistan, the Caucuses, Iraq, Occupied Palestine, Somalia, and other places in the world. Some of us are engaged in liberating the occupied lands from the oppressors with weapons and self sacrifice in lives, whilst from amongst others, we are planning on bringing back the Caliphate."
-"Those of the Muslims who have sold their souls to the Judeo-Christian alliance of War against Islam, are outright traitors to the religion, and in the afterlife God will count them amongst the Jews and the Christians -not amongst the Muslims. They are not Muslims."
-"Sheikh Bassam Nihad Jarrar, an inhabitant from South Lebanon's Biqa'a Valley was involved in predicting the demise of Israel around the year 2022. The prediction states clearly that the Muslims shall fight the Jews and kill them. This is God's punishment and promise to Israel and the Jews which will occur in less than a generation."
it has to be dealt with quickly," he said in an interview.
"This is no longer 1980 where neo-Nazis used to stand on the street and hand out pamphlets," he added. "At the push of a key, potentially thousands of people can access his call for murder and it only takes one or two extremists to read this and decide that they want to carry out his plan. And that's what makes this dangerous."