A Mississauga blogger has been charged under Canada’s hate crimes legislation.
Members of the OPP hate crimes extremism unit have charged Salman An-Noor Hossain, 25, with wilful promotion of hatred and promoting genocide against an identifiable group.
Outgoing Ontario Provincial Police commissioner Julian Fantino made the announcement Thursday.
Hossain is a former York University student. Police say their five-month investigation revealed “a website and blog operated by Mr. Hossain contained information that, among other things, wilfully promoted hatred and advocated genocide of the Jewish community.”
Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said Hossain is a contributor to a website called filthyjewishterrorists.com.
A June 24 article on that site is titled: “The Jewish Community Is Attempting Another Terrorist Attack — Exterminate Them Now!” The article is credited to Salman An-Noor Hossain.
On July 8, an article titled “The Jews And Their Allies Have Proven Their Weakness By Charging Salman Hossain!” appeared on the same website.
Hossain is not in police custody. In an email to the Toronto Star Thursday, Hossain would not confirm his location.
“Don’t report on me... anyways what the hell do you care?” he emailed. “Either you work for the Jews or you are one of them ... and I don’t respond to either ... like what kinda BS are u gonna write about me?”
When asked about the charges, Hossain did not respond.
According to articles credited to Hossain on the website, he spent the first 10 years of his life in Ghana. In December 2006, while writing exams at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, Hossain claims he was questioned by a CSIS agent about his political views.
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