• How soon before “hate squad” hits U.S. writers, thinkers?
By Victor Thorn —
November 12, 2015 will forever stand as an embarrassing day for the Canadian legal system. On that date, jurors found publisher Arthur Topham guilty of what they deemed “the incitement of hate.”
Less than a week later, on November 17, AMERICAN FREE PRESS reached out to activist, radio talk show host, and political candidate Paul Fromm, who in the past has defended Topham in the pages of AFP among other alternative newspapers.
As a staunch advocate of free speech, Fromm attended every minute of Topham’s landmark two-week trial.
Fromm told AFP: “Arthur Topham is a 68-year-old British Columbian publisher who ran since 2002 a website called ‘Radical Press.’ His problems began in 2007 when Topham started running articles critical of Zionism. Soon, the Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai B’rith International filed complaints under British Columbia’s hate squad section of the criminal code, particularly those associated with Internet censorship.”
When asked for specifics, Fromm explained, “Topham posted The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, Eustace Mullins’s Biological Jew, and Douglas Reed’s Controversy of Zion. He also satirized rabid Zionist Theodore Kaufman’s book, Germany Must Perish!, which served in 1941 as a blueprint for Germany’s destruction.”
As a form of parody, Topham altered the title to Israel Must Perish and replaced “Germans” with “Jews” in the text.
Not only were criminal charges filed against Topham in 2012, but law enforcement agents convinced his Internet service provider to disconnect all online access to his website.
During Topham’s trial, star witness Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli expert on Jewish identity politics, provided poignant testimony on his behalf.
Fromm offered a rundown: “Atzmon rationalized that Topham should be allowed to make the same statements about Jews that early Zionists did, such as Theodor Herzl. He asked, why can’t Topham be allowed to criticize Jews like Jews do? After all, Topham has been married to a Jewish woman for 37 years. It doesn’t seem very likely that he wakes up every morning filled with hatred.”
Following Topham’s guilty verdict on one count of “willfully promoting hatred against the Jewish people,” Fromm offered a big-picture analysis.
“Topham was victimized by agents for a foreign power in the name of Israel,” he said. “Censorship is the name of the game, and he was targeted due to being a strong critic of Zionism. Lobbyists for a foreign power got him.”
American citizens should also be wary, Fromm noted.
“The Arthur Topham case is a warning about what the whole politically correct New World Order crowd is trying to impose on us,” he said. “People in the U.S. should be scared because they’re going to be next. The enemies of free speech put people through the wringer until they’re emotionally depleted or financially tapped out. Theoretically, the U.S. government can’t make laws to impede free speech like Canadians can. Then again, until Arthur Topham’s trial, nobody in Canada had ever been charged with promoting hatred against any other religions or nationalities. But now one man has been charged with promoting hatred against Jews. I’d be very concerned in your country that the Anti-Defamation League or Southern Poverty Law Center will do to other publishers what they did to Topham in Canada.”
Pertaining to Topham, Fromm said enthusiastically: “He’s in good spirits and will continue to fight. However, he’s been horribly abused by the process and has been punished by these legal procedures for the past eight years.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.