Sunday, 16 October 2011

Anti-Zionist Conspiracy Theorist behind Toronto’s “Stop the Cuts” Protests

The author of an anti-Semitic Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) thesis that claimed Holocaust education programs were part of a Zionist conspiracy to perpetuate Jewish victimhood has been exposed as a key individual behind the Toronto "Stop the Cuts" actions aimed at hampering attempts to restore fiscal responsibility at Toronto’s City Hall.

Jenny Peto, whose Masters' Thesis for the Sociology and Equity Studies in Education program at OISE alleged that the mainstream Jewish community "is dominated by racist...ideologies," was revealed by an anonymous reader of the blog Eye on a Crazy Planet to be the registrant of, the website that is the central information repository for the activists. Peto's thesis, titled, "The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education" was condemned in Ontario's Legislature by both the Minister for Citizenship and Opposition MPPs as being a "hateful and poorly researched...piece of garbage."

Understanding who is behind the radicals who want to prevent the Mayor from managing the city's fiscal crisis is instructive in unraveling some of their motives.

A number of vociferous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic organizations and individuals still harbour a grudge against the Mayor for his efforts to keep the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid out of Toronto's Pride parade and his attempt to prevent anti-Semitic al Quds Day activities held by the Canadian Shia Muslim Organization (CASMO) from taking place on City property.

Until now the individuals organizing the anti-Ford actions remained mostly in the shadows; we have now learned the media contact number for “Stop The Cuts” is the same as the number for a woman whom anti-Semitic author Peto refers to in her thesis' acknowledgments as her "partner." 

When told of Ms. Peto’s involvement in “Stop the Cuts” Adrienne Batra, the Mayor’s Press Secretary said, "It's not surprising that someone who is clearly misinformed on so many issues would be participating in spreading this type of hysteria. The Ford administration is going through a thoughtful process on how to fix our City's finances, something that will, ironically, even help out those involved with this website."

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