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Front page coverage of B'nai Brith's revelations in Friday Aug 7's National Post

 
COVID-19 Created by “Organized Jewry,” Toronto based Polish Newspaper Claims

by B'nai Brith, posted here August 8, 2020

 
 
TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada has filed a criminal complaint with Toronto Police after a local Polish-language newspaper twice blamed the COVID-19 pandemic on a sinister Jewish plot.
 
 
The hateful article, entitled “Coronavirus, or the Fake Pandemic,” was the front page story in the March 25 edition of Glos Polski, and was published again in the April 22 edition. Glos Polski is edited by Wieslaw Magiera and affiliated with the Polish National Union of Canada, according to the latter’s website.
 
 
Aside from blaming COVID-19 on the Jewish community, the article also asserts that “ISIS/ISIL terrorists [were] brought into evil existence by organized Jewry and completely controlled by it,” and proclaims that Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin, Nazi fanatic Joseph Goebbels and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were/are all secretly Jewish.
 
 
The piece also describes Israel as “the cause of all the world’s woes” and “an emanation of the Devil himself,” while simultaneously alleging that Jews intend to take over Poland and create “Judeo-Polonia.”
 
 
 
“Propagating the lie that Jews are responsible for COVID-19 must be met with criminal charges, especially when someone does so repeatedly,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “This horrifying pandemic has killed thousands of Canadians, ravaged our economy and turned our lives upside-down. Blaming it all on an already disproportionately targeted minority group is loathsome, not to mention a recipe for disaster.”
 
 
In June, Andrzej Kumor, the publisher of a different Polish-language outlet based in the Greater Toronto Area, was arrested, warned and released without charge after publishing a string of antisemitic articles.
 
 
Magiera, Glos Polski’s editor-in-chief, joined Kumor as an unsuccessful candidate for the far-right Konfederacja party in Poland’s October 2019 parliamentary elections.
 
 
[Editor's note: An Aug. 7 report in the National Post  noted that the Polish National Union of Canada obtained $146,000 in 2018-19 from the provincial Trillium Foundation to assist in renovating a community space, and $130,000 in 2012-2013 to replace a roof on a community centre and buy new energy-efficient kitchen appliances. ]
 
Polish-Language Newspapers Face Backlash Following B’nai Brith Revelations
 
Aug. 10, 2020
 
TORONTO – Two Polish-language newspapers are facing backlash after B’nai Brith Canada’s advocacy exposed their antisemitic content.
 
The two papers in question are Glos, a Toronto-based publication exposed last week in a B’nai Brith press release, and Goniec, a Mississauga-based publication exposed last summer in a similar release. These stories sparked widespread shock and concern across Canada when first reported by B’nai Brith.
 
B’nai Brith’s revelations sparked a front-page story in Friday’s National Post, featuring an interview with B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn. Following this story, the Polish National Union of Canada immediately distanced itself from the publication.
 
The Polish National Union claims that it severed all ties with the former Glos Polski in 2015. It further claims that Glos is an independent publication with no links to the Polish National Union. The Polish National Union removed all references to Glos Polski from its website following Thursday’s B’nai Brith press release exposing the Glos newspaper for its antisemitic content, which received widespread media coverage.
 
As well, the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) has banned both papers from its network of publications for as long as they are engaged in promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories.
 
Maria Voutsinas, Executive Director of the NEPMCC, made the following statement: “Although Glos is not a member of our organization, it is important to note that ethnic media is an important part of news dissemination in Canada. Especially for those Canadians that rely on 3rd language media to help them understand what is happening in Canada. This abhorrent and dangerous narrative written by this publication goes against the statement of principles that reputable ethnic media organizations follow and adhere to. As a leader in ethnocultural media, I stand with B’nai Brith in bringing this antisemitic article to the community’s and police’s attention.”
 
Glos had repeatedly blamed the COVID-19 pandemic on an imaginary sinister Jewish plot. It also alleged that Jews are trying to seize control of Poland. Goniec had claimed that Jews were using the WhatsApp cell phone application to spy on people, while also asserting that Jews control the United States Congress.
 
B’nai Brith has filed complaints about both publications to the appropriate police forces. The complaint against Goniec resulted in the publisher’s arrest, but with no subsequent charges laid up to this point.
 
“We are encouraged to see that Canadians are unwilling to accept the peddling of blatant, vile and bigoted hatred in this country’s media sources,” Mostyn said.
 
“There must be serious consequences for those who work to harm our community through the spreading of hatred and incitement. We applaud the NEPMCC for taking a principled stand on this issue, and for setting a bold example of how issues like this should be dealt with by private organizations.”
 
B’nai Brith has long drawn attention to concerns of hatred being spread in fringe ethnic media across Canada. Last year, several political candidates apologized for advertising in an Ontario Arabic-language newspaper after B’nai Brith revealed its history of promoting terrorism and antisemitism. Earlier that same year, an Arabic-language television show was removed from the airwaves after B’nai Brith exposed the hateful content that it was promoting. None of these publications were members of the NEPMCC.
 
 
 
Aug. 14, 2020
 
TORONTO - The Polish National Union of Canada (PNU) has publicly denounced a newspaper exposed by B’nai Brith Canada for antisemitic content.
 
Last week, B’nai Brith revealed that Glos, a Toronto-based Polish-language newspaper, published an article blaming COVID-19 on an imagined Jewish conspiracy, in addition to other antisemitic content. The story received widespread media attention, including a front-page story in the National Post.
 
A reference to Glos’ predecessor, Glos Polski, appeared on a PNU website suggesting that it was somehow affiliated with the union. The PNU immediately distanced itself from the publication following the National Post story.
 
As B'nai Brith previously noted, the PNU claims that it severed all ties with the former Glos Polski in 2015. It further claims that Glos is an independent publication with no links to the PNU.
 
The PNU has now further clarified its position and is unequivocally condemning the antisemitic content of the newspaper:
 
“The Polish National Union joins with B'nai Brith in condemning antisemitic remarks and messages of hate of any kind,” a PNU spokesperson stated. “The impugned article is false and is rightly to be condemned.”
 
The statement continued, “The Polish National Union of Canada strongly condemns antisemitic and racist content that appears in the Polish-language newspaper, ‘Glos.’ We firmly denounce any and all content of a hateful or antisemitic nature. Such content absolutely does not reflect our organization, one of Canada’s oldest Polish community-service organizations, and it does not reflect the Canadian Polish community.”
 
In addition to this statement, the following message now appears on the home page of the PNU's website: “The Polish National Union of Canada is deeply troubled by the antisemitic content that appears in the Polish language newspaper, ‘Glos,’ as reported by National Post and other media. We unequivocally condemn this antisemitic and racist content. The Polish National Union and the Polish community stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbours.”
 
These condemnations come just days after another organization, the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC), banned the publication from its network in response to B’nai Brith’s revelations.
 
The PNU was not the only major Polish-Canadian organization to condemn the antisemitic articles this week. Zofia Soja, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Polish Congress, wrote a letter to the editor of the National Post - stating that her organization was “outraged to learn of the virulently anti-Semitic contents of the extremist 'Glos' newspaper” and that they “unequivocally condemn and denounce hatred and antisemitism in all forms.”
 
Soja also reached out to B'nai Brith, assuring the Jewish community that her organization has no connection with Glos and that its views are not representative of most Polish-Canadians.
 
“We are pleased that more individuals and organizations are speaking out against the despicable propaganda that was peddled by Glos,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer. “We thank the Polish National Union for doing the right thing and for standing with B’nai Brith on this issue. We hope that all Polish-Canadians and Jewish-Canadians can stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against all forms of hatred and discrimination.”
 
As reported last week, B’nai Brith has filed a police complaint against Glos. We will continue to update the community on any new developments that occur as this story unfolds.
 
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