Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel is exposing identifiable groups to hatred or contempt through material on his Web site, a Canadian Human Rights Commission tribunal has been told.
The complaints arise from a site on the Internet from California that targets Jews in Canada, commission lawyer Ian Binnie said yesterday.
The case is one of the first attempts to apply human rights laws to the ungoverned Internet.
Under Canada's Human Rights Act it is illegal to send telephone messages that oculd cause hatred or contempt of a special, identifiable group in Canada, Binnie said.
Joining Binnie in the case before the tribunal is the City of Toronto's race relations committee, Toronto resident Sabina Citron, a founding member of the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association, and representatives of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada.
Binnie said Zundel, a Canadian [resident], is trying to wrap himself in the cloak of freedom of speech but "these matters go beyond freedom of speech".
"They expose, and are calculated to expose, Jews to hatred and contempt and he (Zundel) knew it", he told tribunal chairman Claud Pensa and jurists Reva Devins and Harish Jain.
Professor Gary Prideaux, a University of Alberta linguist, is to testify today on documents downloaded from the Web site, including an essay entitled "Did 6 Million Really Die?"