Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussen said government funding had been cut for an anti-racism project due to “reprehensible and despicable” tweets from senior consultant Laith Marouf.
Hussen asked Canadian Heritage last week to ‘look closely at the situation’ after what he called ‘unacceptable behaviour’ by Marouf, who was involved in a government-funded project to combat racism in broadcasting .
Marouf’s Twitter account is private but a screenshot posted online shows a number of tweets with his photo and name.
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One tweet read: “You all know those loud-mouthed human excrement bags aka Jewish white supremacists; when we liberate Palestine and they have to go back to where they came from, they will again be whispered bitches of their (sic) Christian/secular white supremacist masters.
Marouf declined requests for comment at the time, but when asked about the tweet, a lawyer acting for Marouf asked that his client’s tweets be quoted “verbatim” and that they distinguish between Marouf’s “clear reference to “Jewish white supremacists”” and Jews or Jewish people in general.
Marouf harbors “no animosity toward the Jewish faith as a collective group,” attorney Stephen Ellis said in an email.
Last year, the Community Media Advocacy Center received a $133,800 grant from the Department of Heritage to develop an anti-racism strategy for Canadian broadcasting.
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