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Source: Western Jewish Bulletin, April 12, 1996. A1, A6

Citizenship Battle

Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel gears up for May 6 Canadian
citizenship hearing.

Roberta Staley, Staff Reporter

Ernst Zundel is getting a breather in his battle for Canadian
citizenship. Mr. Zundel will reappear May 6 at a Security
Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) hearing into whether he
is a threat to Canadian security and should be deported.

"If this SIRC committee were to find I'm the ogre that the
Canadian Security Intelligence Service makes me out to be,
(I'll) be out of the country," Mr. Zundel said by telephone
from his Toronto home.

Mr. Zundel recently lost a Federal Court battle to have a stay
of proceedings of the SIRC hearing. The committee is reviewing
a finding by CSIS that Mr. Zundel is not eligible for Canadian
citizenship because he is a threat to the security of Canada.
He has been convicted in his native Germany for
Holocaust-denial writings.

The SIRC hearing ran for 2.5 days starting March 25, but was
put over until May due to scheduling problems, said Mr.
Zundel. A SIRC official in Ottawa refused comment on the case.

Once the hearing is wrapped up, SIRC officials will release
their recommendations to Canada's Department of Citizenship
and Immigration which could launch deportation proceedings
against Mr. Zundel, who is a landed immigrant.

On another front, Mr. Zundel boasts victory.

Toronto's Sabina Citron's defamation suit against Mr. Zundel
for conspiracy to spread hatred in a public place against an
identifiable group was dismissed March 15 in Ontario
provincial court for "lack of evidence."

The suit was based upon Mr. Zundel's 1994 publication _Power_
and a show by CBC TV's investigative news program, _The Fifth
Estate_. Mrs. Citron, who could not be reached for comment,
has pledged to launch a civil action suit against Mr. Zundel.

The Holocaust-denier's actions are also being felt on the West
Coast. Victoria lawyer Gary Botting is crying oful after
learning Ernst Zundel is using an 11-year-old videotaped
interview with him to promote his cause.

"He's using my words and my statements to lay a groundwork of
credibility for his neo-Nazi program," Botting, 53, said in a
telephone interview from Victoria after a March 29 media
conference disavowing links to Mr. Zundel.

[Photo of Ernst Zundel, captioned "Ernst Zundel faces possible
legal action from Victoria lawyer Gary Botting, who disavows
links to the Holocaust denier.]

Mr. Botting's statements were recorded during the time he
appeared as an expert witness on censorship during Mr. Zundel's
1985 trial for violating Canada's hate laws. The former
journalist and English instructor's testimony related to Mr.
Zundel's publication _Did Six Million People Really Die?_ 

Mr. Botting said he supported the publication of Mr. Zundel's
booklet, a position he still upholds. "I thought he had the
right to do so. I stand by whatever I said there, but I see in
retrospect that Mr. Zundel had an agenda that nobody could
have guessed, and now is a force to be reckoned with as the
most preeminent neo-Nazi in all the world."

Although Mr. Zundel was convicted, the Supreme Court of Canada
later overturned the decision, saying the Criminal Code's
"false news" prohibition violated the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms.

Mr. Botting said he'll take legal action if the video, part of
Mr. Zundel's _The Voice of Freedom_ video collection,
continues to be promoted.

Mr. Zundel said he's willing to discuss Mr. Botting's
concerns. "If necessary I'll put a disclaimer in the video,"
Mr. Zundel said.

Mr. Botting says he's neither anti-Semitic nor a Holocaust
denier. However, Sol Littman, Canadian spokesman for the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre, disagrees. Mr. Littman points to Mr.
Botting's association with Douglas Christie, the
Victoria-based lawyer for such Holocaust revisionists as Jim
Keegstra, Mr. Zundel and David Irving. Mr. Botting articled
with Doug Christie after completing his law degree, Mr.
Littman said.


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