Jewish Experts Blast Trudeau’s Nazi ‘Smear Campaign’ against Freedom Protesters
Almost two dozen professors and experts wrote a letter to Canadian prime minister
A group of top Israeli researchers and physicians condemned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for comparing a group of protesters in Ottawa to Nazis.
Almost two dozen professors and experts wrote a letter to Trudeau denouncing his comments.
The group also blasted Trudeau over his refusal to lighten “draconian” COVID-19 restrictions in light of the protests.
The letter says:
As many other countries since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Canadians have been subjected to draconian restrictions placed on their basic freedoms, such as lockdowns, forced quarantines, mask mandates, school closures, and more recently, vaccine mandates.
Leaders all over the world have begun to realize that these measures carry enormous harms, with little or no benefit. Others double-down on their previous position, denying the evidence and aggravating the damage done to their nation’s livelihood and fundamental liberties.
In recent weeks, we have been following the news about the Freedom Convoy 2022 protests that have taken place in Canada in response to these measures. We witnessed, with mounting concern, how instead of a constructive dialogue with the protesters, you adopted a smear campaign portraying protesters as ‘Nazi sympathizers,’ ‘racist’ and ‘antisemitic.’ The last incident was your allegation on February 16 that a Jewish member of the Conservative Party was “standing with people who wore Swastikas.”
We, an apolitical group of Jewish Israeli medical scientists, physicians, researchers, and legal scholars, some of us second or third generation Holocaust survivors, are deeply concerned by your attempt to stigmatize the Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters as Nazi ideology supporters. The important fight against antisemitism should not be weaponized and directed at a legitimate civil protest which aims at restoring fundamental liberties, to what used to be, until not long ago, one of the freest countries in the world.
Leading Israeli physicians and scientists in an open letter to @JustinTrudeau 🇨🇦:— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) February 18, 2022
“You adopted a smear campaign portraying protesters as 'Nazi sympathizers', 'racist' and 'antisemitic'. Freedom Convoy is a legitimate civil protest which aims at restoring fundamental liberties.” pic.twitter.com/kSjnbd86SV
Trudeau accused Conservative Party members of standing “with people who wave swastikas” while responding to criticism by Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, who is Jewish.
"Mr. Speaker, Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas,” Trudeau said after Lantsman questioned him over comments he made in 2015 about the need for government “to trust Canadians.”
"They can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag.
"We will choose to stand with Canadians who deserve to be able to get to their jobs, to be able to get their lives back.
"These illegal protests need to stop and they will, Mr. Speaker."
Lantsman later demanded an apology from Trudeau.
“I think the Prime Minister should think long and hard about his own history before singling out a Jewish Member of Parliament and falsely accusing me of standing with a Swastika. What a disgraceful statement unbecoming of anyone in public office – he owes me an apology,” she posted on Twitter.
The news comes after Canada’s Justice Minister, David Lametti, warned Trump supporters who donated to the “Freedom Convoy," saying they should “be worried” about having their bank accounts frozen.
“Well, I think if you are a member of a pro-Trump movement who’s donating hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of dollars to this kind of thing, they oughta be worried.”
As Neon Nettle reported:
Trudeau threatened to freeze assets and suspend the insurance of the truckers involved in the Freedom Convoy protests.
Trudeau’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said:
“This is about following the money.”
“This is about stopping the financing of these illegal blockades.”