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    Libel Suit Against Canadian Jewish Congress Ah, the infamous Bernie Farber and the Canadian Jewish Congress are in the news again. As usual Farber is trying to
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      Libel Suit Against Canadian Jewish Congress


      Ah, the infamous Bernie Farber and the Canadian Jewish Congress are in
      the news again. As usual Farber is trying to trample any exposure of
      the Israel-lobby in Canada by silencing those independent voices brave
      enough to document the Israeli lobby's activities in Canada. At a York
      University event Professor David Noble distributed a list of names of
      directors of the York University Foundation and their links to
      pro-Israel organizations. Is this an unreasonable act in a publicly
      funded academic institution mandated to serve the needs of all its
      students and the academic community without conflict of interest?
      Bernie Farber has characterized this as an act of anti-Semitism. Of
      course many of us know people of conscience in Canada whose
      reputations and careers have been completely ruined by the false
      accusation of anti-Semitism. It is a common and powerful strategy that
      has worked to silence many. Professor David Noble however is fighting
      back. He has launched the libel suit below. Congratulations David.

      Rather than hiding behind the misleading name Canadian Jewish Congress
      it is time Farber and the CJC re-name their organization to honestly
      reflect their political agenda - the Canadian Zionist Congress. Farber
      and the CJC have learned well from their own historical oppressors -
      Farber and the CJC's strategies of censoring individuals such as Prof.
      Noble and of appearing at educational forums to shut down the sharing
      of facts about Israeli oppression is reminiscent of the Nazi era.
      Farber and his CJC Brown Shirts do not deserve the cloak of
      respectability or credibility they attempt to wear.

      Susan Howard-Azzeh

      ===


      IN THE MATTER OF A DEFAMATORY PUBLICATION CONTRARY TO SECTION 5 OF THE
      LIBEL AND SLANDER ACT:

      BETWEEN:

      DAVID NOBLE




      Plaintiff
      - and -


      BERNIE FARBER and CANADIAN JEWISH CONGRESS

      Defendants



      NOTICE OF LIBEL

      Pursuant to section 5 of the Libel and Slander Act, RSO 1990, the
      Plaintiff, David Noble, hereby complains of the defamatory content of
      an article published by the Toronto Star, entitled, "Memo Stirs
      Controversy at York U" attached hereto as Appendix "A", which
      continues to be published on-line as an archived document linked to
      the Toronto Star website, at the following internet address or URL:

      http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/access/740632811.html?dids=740632811:740632811&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Nov+21%2C+2004&author=Prithi+Yelaja&pub=Toronto+Star&desc=Memo+stirs+controversy+at+York+U.&pf=1

      The article was originally published in print form on November 21,
      2004 in the Toronto Star, thereafter it has been available and has
      continued to be published on-line each day until the date of this
      notice, i.e. January 29, 2008. The instant notice relates to each
      internet publication and republication of the attached article in the
      last six weeks.

      The attached article is written by Prithi Yelaja and published by the
      Toronto Star, which maintains an active archived link to the article
      from the Toronto Star web site. The article can be accessed on-line
      for $3.95 Canadian plus applicable taxes. The article refers to the
      Plaintiff Noble's request for an apology pursuant to what he refers to
      as "Â…scurrilous attacks" [on his character and attempts to squelch his
      freedom of speech]. The article describes Noble's demand as being in
      response to the Defendant Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) statement
      that Noble was spreading "anti-Semitic" material on the York
      University campus. In the face of Noble's request for an apology,
      however, the CJC and the Defendant Farber have to date failed to
      retract or apologize for their condemnation of Noble.

      In particular, the Defendant Farber reiterates in the ongoing
      publication that Noble's message is anti-Semitic. Farber's message
      through its explicit content and context identifies Noble as being
      anti-Semitic on the basis of Noble's having distributed a flyer that
      lists names of directors of the York University Foundation and their
      links to pro-Israel organizations. The Plaintiff complains of and
      identifies the most concerning statements within the article as follow
      in respect of the Defendant Farber in his capacity as Executive
      Director of the CJC:

      The material, which appears to suggest that a small cabal of Jews runs
      the foundation, is reminiscent of classic Jewish conspiracy theories,
      Bernie Farber, executive director of the congress, said yesterday.

      The article also attributes the following statement specifically to
      the Defendant Farber:

      Not only is this absurd, it reeks of anti-SemitismÂ… It's bizarre, and
      if this wasn't coming from an academic, one would laugh it off. The
      fact that it's coming from an academic should scare people.

      The statements attributed to the Defendants Canadian Jewish Congress
      and Farber are harmful to the Plaintiff's reputation in the nature of
      his trade and calling. The Defendants' comments falsely describe the
      flyer distributed by the Plaintiff in November 2004 as anti-Semitic,
      conspiratorial, harmful, threatening and targeted against Jews on the
      basis of their religion or ethnicity. Moreover, in their context, the
      comments of the Defendants suggest several false conclusions and
      reasonable inferences may be drawn therefrom, which are defamatory and
      harmful to the Plaintiff's reputation including the following:

      1) That the Plaintiff intentionally seeks to harm or wishes harm
      to come to Jews;
      2) That the Plaintiff shares commonalities with other groups or
      persons who have historically persecuted Jewish people;
      3) That the Plaintiff is not a serious academic;
      4) That the Plaintiff is a person who lacks integrity and decency;
      5) That the Plaintiff is an irrational person whose ideas should
      be rejected;
      6) That the Plaintiff as an academic should be feared because he
      is intent on attacking Jews and that he may continue to do so through
      his academic discipline;
      7) That the Plaintiff indoctrinates or passes on harmful,
      prejudicial and stereotypic ideas regarding Jews to the students he
      teaches or within the academe more broadly;
      8) That the Plaintiff's views should not be tolerated by the
      general public;
      9) That the Plaintiff because he is publicly condemned by the
      Canadian Jewish Congress is not welcome in social and cultural milieus
      of Canadian Jews.

      Contrary to the assertions of the Defendants and the inferences that
      may be drawn from their public statements contained in the article
      attached hereto, the Plaintiff has stated since November 2004 and it
      is a fact that the material complained of, i.e. his flyer, does not
      single out any person on the basis of ethnicity or religion.

      The Plaintiff requests the Defendants named in the heading of this
      notice to immediately apologize, correct and request the Toronto Star
      to cease the continued on-line publication of the attached article.

      The named Defendants in the heading of this notice are advised that
      the Plaintiff may initiate a legal action against them in conformity
      with section 6 of the Libel and Slander Act for the publication of
      defamatory comments identified herein and as contained in the article
      attached hereto.


      Dated: January 29, 2008


      HAMEED FARROKHZAD & ST-PIERRE
      Lawyers
      43 Florence Street
      Ottawa, ON
      K2P 0W6

      Per: Yavar Hameed
      Tel. (613) 232-2688 ext. 228
      Fax. (613) 232-2680

      Solicitors for the Plaintiff,
      David Noble

      ===============================================

      Memo stirs controversy at York U.

      Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
      Author: Prithi Yelaja
      Date: Nov 21, 2004
      Start Page: A.04
      Section: News
      Text Word Count: 429


      Document Text

      A history professor is demanding an apology from a leading Jewish
      rights group and York University for what he calls "scurrilous
      attacks" on his character and attempts to squelch his freedom of speech.

      If no apology is forthcoming, David Noble said he'd consider legal
      action against the Canadian Jewish Congress and York.
      The congress has denounced Noble for spreading "anti-Semitic" material
      on campus.

      Noble handed out a memo last week listing the names of the directors
      of the York University Foundation, the school's fundraising arm, and
      their links to pro-Israel organizations.

      The material, which appears to suggest that a small cabal of Jews runs
      the foundation, is reminiscent of classic Jewish-conspiracy theories,
      Bernie Farber, executive director of the congress, said yesterday.
      "Not only is this absurd, it reeks of anti-Semitism.... It's bizarre,
      and if this wasn't coming from an academic, one would laugh it off.
      The fact that it's coming from an academic should scare people."
      Noble, who has taught at York for 15 years and is Jewish, said those
      comments are worrisome and "deeply offensive to me because my own
      family has suffered from anti-Semitism."

      "When you get these kinds of scurrilous attacks it trivializes
      anti-Semitism. I guess they didn't do their homework and find out I
      was Jewish."

      There will be no apology, Farber said, arguing Noble can't use that as
      "a cloak" for his actions.

      Noble spontaneously distributed copies of a memo he wrote called "The
      Tail that Wags the Dog (Suggestions for Further Research)" after a
      Thursday film screening by the student group Solidarity for
      Palestinian Human Rights.

      It claims the foundation "is biased by the presence and influence of
      staunch pro-Israel lobbyists, activists and fundraising agencies."
      Noble asserted yesterday that the foundation is "de facto running
      York. They clamp down on any criticism of Israel."

      Pro-Arab and pro-Israel students separately agreed to denounce Noble's
      actions.

      Rabia Siddiqui of the Solidarity group said it was inappropriate "for
      anyone to single anyone out because of their race, in any circumstances."

      "It is unacceptable for any student to be exposed to this type of
      bigotry," Dori Borshiov, president of the Jewish group Hillel at York,
      added in a statement.

      A statement by university president Lorna Marsden said "York strongly
      condemns this highly offensive material," which singles out people "on
      the basis of their ethnicity and alleged political views."

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