MONTREAL, May 14, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Quebec (CIJA Quebec) deplores the hateful messages being shared by Montreal Alouettes player Khalif Mitchell on his Twitter account.
Mitchell has recently tweeted a link to a propaganda film, which denies the Nazi mass-murder of some 6 million Jews.
In other tweets, Mitchell also propagated a conspiracy theory linking the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with Jews and Israel.
It is extremely disappointing and troubling that a public figure such as Mitchell is spreading such hateful antisemitic conspiracy theories.
CIJA Quebec spoke with the General Manager of the Montreal Alouettes, Mr. Jim Popp, and conveyed him our expectation that appropriate disciplinary measures be taken. We were pleased by Mr. Popp's unambiguous condemnation of Mitchell's tweets and earnestness in dealing with them.
Indeed, we commend both the organization of the Alouettes and the Canadian Football League for clearly denouncing Mitchell's hateful tweets and fining him for violating the football club's social media policy.
We believe Mitchell should also reflect about his ill-informed views on one of the worst crimes against humanity and take time to educate himself through reliable sources about the Holocaust and other genocides that have plagued the world.
Montreal is host to an exceptional resource, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, that we strongly urge Mitchell to visit.
SOURCE Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs
For further information: Eta Yudin, Associate Director, Quebec Public Affairs and Jewish Community Relations, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Quebec, 514-885-5177