IUC World Exclusive: Top U.S. Human Rights Advocate Denounces La Presse Columnist Nathalie Petrowski; Urges Radio Canada To Wake Up and Take action against attacks of “racism, xenophobia and anti semitism”
Nathalie Petrowski clearly has it in for me. First she slams me for writing a book about Cirque du Soleil owner Guy Laliberte, admitting in a scathing article she had not even read a single word of the book. and now she denies any acts of anti semitism by the hosts of Tout Le Monde En Parle, Guy A. Lepage and Dany Turcotte. (LaPresse) Furthermore, she gets me woken up on a Saturday at 6 am by people furious with her today for her column in today’s edition of La Presse, saying I provoked the attack by wearing pink glasses. The least she could have done was send me a mimosa.
“What she’s saying is akin to saying a woman who was raped and was wearing a short skirt deserved it,” said a top scholar on anti semitism issues.
A top U.S. human rights advocate was outraged that Petrowski questioned Dr. Small’s claim that my interview at Radio Canada was tarnished by anti semitic remarks.
“It’s outrageous and uneducated for her to say that it was ok what the hosts said because they didn’t know Ian Halperin was Jewish,” the human rights advocate said. “Does that make the comments acceptable for Mr. Turcotte to want to burn your books in a fire and for Mr. Robinson to say you look like another Jew? What would have happened if a Francophone was treated that way on an English tv show? There would be riots in the streets of Montreal. Dr. Small is one of the world’s leading scholars on issues of anti semitism. He studies and teaches about this every day. How dare this woman try to trivialize his important and very astute comments. It’s a huge insult not only to him but to the entire Jewish community.”
The widely respected U.S. rights advocate slammed host Guy A. Lepage for what he termed “passive participation”. “He saw the bullets being fired at you and did nothing to intervene,” he said. “He encouraged your slaughter. They criticized the way you dress. If a Francophone artist showed up wearing sunglasses believe me they would not ask him to remove them. The attack against you was an attack of racism, xenophobia and anti semitism. If Radio Canada does not remove these two advocates of hatred and prejudice immediately the people of Quebec should demand their hard earned tax money back from Radio Canada so they are not complicit in funding such deplorable and frightening acts.” Develping….
****BREAKING NEWS****: A Radio Employee contacted me minutes ago, saying he is willing to testify if it goes to court that Lepage and Turcotte’s attack was premeditated. “Not only was it premeditated it was organized by the two of them,” the source said. “I’m afraid that their actions were completely against the charter of human rights and that it was completely prejudice against you.”
Meanwhile, Canadian human rights activists are starting to step in. One prominent Montreal human rights activist contacted me saying that Petrowski’s column was a reflection of “racism, ignorance and slander” being launched at me by various members of the Quebec media who are in Lepage and Turcotte’s inner circle. “Nathalie Petrowski should be ashamed of herself for defending these bigots and for saying that it’s not their fault because they didn’t know you’re a Jew,” he said. “Her argument does not lessen the damage done one iota. What she’s saying is frightening. Does she expect in 2010 all Jews to wear the yellow star of David armband around them so they can be identified?”