An anti-Semitic article in a Polish newspaper based in Toronto
Aug 6, 2020
B’nai Brith Canada
TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada filed a criminal complaint with Toronto Police after a local Polish-language newspaper twice blamed the COVID-19 pandemic on a sinister Jewish plot.
The hateful article, titled “Coronavirus, or the false pandemic”, made headlines March 25 edition by Głos Polski, and was again published in the April 22 edition. The voice of Poland is edited by Wiesław Magiera and affiliated with the Polish National Union of Canada, according to the latter website.
In addition to blaming COVID-19 on the Jewish community, the article also claims that “ISIS / ISIL terrorists [were] brought into evil existence by the organized and completely controlled Jewish community ”, and proclaims that Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin, Nazi fanatic Joseph Goebbels and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were / are all secretly Jewish.
The play also describes Israel as “the cause of all the woes in the world” and “an emanation of the devil himself”, while simultaneously alleging that the Jews intend to take control of Poland and create “Judeo-Poland. »
“The spread of the lie that Jews are responsible for COVID-19 must be the subject of criminal charges, especially when someone does so repeatedly,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “This horrific pandemic has killed thousands of Canadians, devastated our economy and turned our lives upside down. Blame it all on one already disproportionately targeted the minority group is loathsome, not to mention the recipe for disaster. “
In June, Andrzej Kumor, the publisher of another Polish-language store based in the Greater Toronto Area, was stopped, charged and released without charge after publishing a series of anti-Semitic articles.
Magiera, editor-in-chief of Głos Polski, joined Kumor in failure candidate for the far-right Konfederacja party in the October 2019 parliamentary elections in Poland.