(July 2, 2021 / JNS) Canada’s largest multicultural television station has vowed to stop broadcasting Arabic-language programming after making an anti-Semitic comment on Twitter, B’nai Brith Canada reported on Wednesday.
“Lama TV, “ founded and produced by Lama Aggad, describes itself on YouTube as “the greatest Canadian Arab TV show” broadcast on national TV channels OMNI and OMNI 2. OMNI is owned by Rogers Sports & Media, a subsidiary of Rogers Communications.
On June 8, during a vigil for the Muslim family killed in a terrorist attack in London, Ontario, a speaker said the crime was linked to “what is happening in Jerusalem and Gaza.” B’nai Brith Canada slammed the speaker’s comments on Twitter and said the killer, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, was not Jewish. Reports said he was a Christian.
“Lama TV” responded to B’nai Brith Canada’s post saying, “Veltman is a Jewish surname. Show us that this is not the case.
When the Jewish group informed Rogers Communications of the TV show’s remarks, the Canadian media giant replied that it had not aired “Lama TV” since December 2020 for “production reasons” and made a pledge. never to work with the show again in light of its anti-Semitic tweets.
“Misinformation like the Lama TV tweet plays directly into hate conspiracy myths and ignites animosity against Canadian Jews, including online,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “We applaud Rogers for doing the right thing. There can be no room for anti-Semitism or discrimination of any kind in the Canadian media.
B’nai Brith also noted that in a video posted to the show’s YouTube page, Aggad described “Jewish Zionists” as people who “break agreements,” called Israel a “terrorist state” and called repeatedly urged viewers to engage in an “electronic intifada”. “