FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
B'nai Brith Canada raises the alarm over Carleton's reinstatement
of alleged synagogue bomber
TORONTO, July 28, 2009 – B'nai Brith Canada is deeply disturbed by the news that Hassan Diab, the alleged bomber of the Rue Copernic synagogue in Paris in 1980, will be teaching an upcoming sociology course at Carleton University. That terrorist attack, blamed on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-Special Operations, resulted in the murders of four Jews, with scores more injured.
"Canadians should be extremely concerned that an alleged terrorist, accused of committing such heinous acts, will be teaching our youth at a leading Canadian university," said Frank Dimant, B'nai Brith Canada's Executive Vice President. "This man, who is wanted in France and currently out on bail while the investigation continues, is accused of murdering four people in cold blood just because they were Jewish and decided to worship in a synagogue.
"We find it deplorable that university officials believe that there is nothing wrong with employing Diab. The safety and security of the community as a whole, and of the Carleton University campus in particular, are of great concern to us.
"The conditions of Diab's bail do not even allow him to leave his home alone or to own a cell phone, but Carleton officials believe that it is fine for them to make him a member of their faculty? The last place in the world where this man belongs is in a university classroom, in front of impressionable students."
B'nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875
as the Jewish community's foremost human rights agency