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Taken from the Montreal Gazette, January 17, 1998, on page A15.

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B.C. mayor wants apology for 'hate capital' label

_Canadian Press_

OLIVER, B.C. —Mayor Linda Larson is insulted that her small Okanagan town,
better known for wine-making and fruit orchards, has been dubbed the "hate
capital" of Canada.

And Larson is getting support from the person whose activities prompted the
label.

"I want a national public apology with as much media fanfare as the original
statement was given," Larson demanded yesterday "This is an insult."

Larson was upset after Sol Littman of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre
labeled Oliver a "hate capital" because it is home to a provider of racist
Internet Web sites.

["The ADL, like the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, has built its
financial appeal to Jews on its ability to portray the Jewish people as
surrounded by enemies who are on the verge of launching threatening
anti-Semitic campaigns. It has a professional stake in exaggerating the
dangers, and sometimes allows existing racial or political prejudices in the
Jewish world to influence how it will portray the potential dangers." -
Michael Lerner, ex-ADL president, in _Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin_]

In a press conference Thursday in Vancouver, Littman said Fairview Technology,
based in this town of 4,500, has several clients who disseminate what is
considered hate literature.

The clients include Web sites for the National Socialist Movement of Illinois,
the Heritage Front, Skin-Net and the Euro-Christian Defence League.

"This literature is not processed here. It comes from all corners of North
America," Larson said.

Bernard Klatt, who owns Fairview Technology, has avoided talking with
reporters, but responding via E-mail, he praised Larson's stance.

"I support and applaud Larson's demand for Mr. Littman to issue a public
apology for his prevarications slander against my home tome," Klatt said. "Why
does Mr. Littman continue to malign the residents of Oliver? What evidence
does he offer of any involvement by the town of Oliver with the Web site
content he complains of?"

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