Two NDP candidates resign following Anti-Semitic online comments

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Two NDP candidates have resigned following massive protests over their anti-Semitic remarks on social media.

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The party confirms that two candidates – Dan Osborne from Nova Scotia and Sidney Coles from Toronto – have stepped down.

Federal Party leader Jagmeet Singh addresses resignations during a campaign in southwestern Ontario.

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“I want to be very clear: His remarks were completely false and have no place in our party,” Singh said Wednesday in Essex, Ont.

“Those messages were completely unacceptable, and the right decision was made.”

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Referring to a Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland during World War II, Osborne tweeted Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place.

“I want to apologize,” Osborne said in a later tweet on Sunday.

“The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget. Radicalism must be fought and stopped. I can’t remember posting this, I was 16 then and can honestly say that I didn’t intend to do any harm.”

Coles was reported to have posted false information about Israel linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines. The Twitter accounts of both Coles and Osborne have since been removed.

“Those comments were incorrect, and I am encouraged to make a clear apology and withdraw those comments completely,” Singh said.

“Plus, they are talking about the importance of getting training. Communalism is real. We are seeing a terrible increase in anti-Semitic sentiment, and we are clearly protesting, and we will face it. “

Yesterday, Singh had said that it was enough that the two apologized for their previous anti-Semitic remarks.

Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) issued a statement on the matter, saying, “FSWC exposed and condemned Coles’ tweets, in which he repeatedly accused Israel of misappropriating US supplies of a coronavirus vaccine. charged to.”

“Coles apologized after calling on the candidate to issue a retraction and detailed apology for his false and offensive comments,” FSWC wrote in a press release.

Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, policy director at FSWC, said, “We are relieved that candidates have stepped down and are committed to participating in anti-Semitic education, and we thank NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in ensuring this outcome.” Thank you for that.”

“Amidst the growing anti-Semitism in this country, all political parties and leaders must send a message, loud and clear, that anti-Semitism in any form or form will not be tolerated.”

Today, the three main party leaders are in eastern and central Canada, a day after a new poll suggested the race for an already close federal election was getting even tougher.


With files from the Canadian Press

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