Canadian Heritage hires anti-racism director who expressed antisemitic views

Laith Marouf. Twitter

Ottawa – Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) consultant Laith Marouf has been hired by Canadian Heritage to train broadcasters in anti-racism, despite having tweeted antisemitic comments.

“Astounding — even by the low standards set by all the various other grifters, hysterics, & haters paid out by Ottawa’s various ‘anti-racism’ slush funds,” said Quillette associate editor Jonathan Kay in a tweet.

Marouf said his motto is “life is too short for shoes with laces, or for entertaining Jewish White Supremacists with anything but a bullet to the head.”

He said the Palestinian peace offer is reasonable. If Israel were to fight Palestine, he said it would die.

He called Jewish white supremacists “loud mouthed bags of human feces.” When Palestine is liberated and Jews have to leave, he said they will return to being “low voiced bitches of their Christian/Secular White Supremacist Masters.”

Marouf had been suspended from Twitter as his previous username, but he reemerged with a new handle. His new Twitter account was suspended on Sunday.

Marouf was involved with launching anti-racism consultations with Canadian Heritage.

“As an organization with a commitment and history of mobilizing grassroots knowledge to inform media policy-making in Canada, CMAC is excited to launch the ‘Building an Anti-Racism Strategy for Canadian Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence’ initiative with funding support from Canadian Heritage’s Anti-Racism Action Program,” he said.

“We see this as a timely intervention with the potential to shape how Racialized Canadians experience the media space.”

These consultations will help to confront barriers experienced by racialized people in media access, representation, and employment.

Marouf could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

Canadian Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussein has announced that he will take action against “unacceptable behavior” by anti-racism adviser Leith Marouf, whose project received more than $130,000, Canadian media reported Friday.

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