For Immediate Release
October 5, 2016
Toronto, ON – This week, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) confirmed that the University of Lethbridge is seeking the termination of Dr. Anthony Hall. In a statement, which CIJA confirmed in a subsequent email conversation with the university’s president, the administration announced that it has “requested that Dr. Hall enter into a discussion about a mutually agreed termination of [his] appointment to the university.”
Hall recently gained notoriety for promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories online, including the belief that Zionists were behind 9/11. CIJA and Calgary Jewish Federation first communicated disgust with Dr. Hall’s inflammatory remarks on August 5th to Lethbridge President Mahon, calling for major disciplinary action. Following additional offensive remarks from Dr. Hall, CIJA and Calgary Federation again demanded in late September that action be taken to remove him from the classroom.
In response to this latest development, CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel stated:
“We commend the University of Lethbridge for taking steps to terminate Anthony Hall’s appointment. The administration has taken the right approach and worked within the parameters of its labour guidelines to remove Dr. Hall from the privileged position he abused for too long.
“This dismissal is a precedent-setting case, in light of ongoing ‘abuse of the podium’ by instructors at various universities. In seeking Hall’s dismissal, the administration has affirmed that academic freedom does not include the right to promote hateful conspiracy theories. This announcement signals that faculty are accountable for their public activities, which must respect both academic integrity and the principle of campus inclusivity.”