Michael Coren, Toronto author, print and broadcast journalist who used to work for the Sun News Network, slams The Rebel Media and its co-founder Ezra Levant for suffocating free speech and allying with “creepy Nazi apologists” against Islam, the “common hateful cause.”
In an article on The Walrus entitled “The Rebel Hits a New Low”, Coren argues that “the very least that could be said of Ezra Levant is that he defended Jews from hate. But that’s now in the past.”
Coren rebukes Levant for defending Gavin McInnes, a prominent contributor for The Rebel, despite his latest statements on the Holocaust and the Nazis that according to Coran made him “a hero on various Nazi web sites—with assorted fascists, Jew-haters.”
In this regard, Michael Coren wrote the following (March 14, 2017):
All this is quite repulsive and disturbing [Gavin McInnes’ statements on the Holocaust]. And yet Levant has defended McInnes, and even put the man’s cosmetic apology as the pinned tweet on The Rebel’s official account.
Which invites the question: Why would a loud-and-proud Zionist such as Levant do this? Given that one of the Right’s main critiques of Islam is the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Muslim communities, why would The Rebel stick by a commentator who uses the Rebel web site to casually tick off long-discredited Jew-baiting talking points?
The most charitable answer would be that Levant is a well-known defender of free speech. Then again, he can be quite selective on this score: He fired me after four days at The Rebel a few years back (before it had become apparent how hateful the site would become) when I dared to defend Ontario’s liberal sex-education curriculum. Levant and his people have also repeatedly called for the defunding and vilification of anyone who seeks to isolate Israel.
No, there is something more fundamental going on here. This is about more than just the ideological pathologies of one weird Canadian media company. It is about a warped new ideological arena where Zionists and creepy Nazi apologists are willing to overlook their differences in service to a common hateful cause [Islam].
Golly, those free speech zealots at The Rebel have blocked me from their Twitter account. What a surprise!https://t.co/vri1zJlcMk
— Michael Coren (@michaelcoren) March 15, 2017
An important assessment by someone who knows. https://t.co/DfrkDXYbT1
— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) March 15, 2017
Gavin McInnes’ statements on the Holocaust
This is a basically a brainwashing trip. I mean, I think the Israeli government paid for this and we had donors too, but I think they were mostly Israelis that assume that we’re going to listen to all this shit we get fed, and that is having the reverse effect on me. I’m becoming anti-Semitic like at the Holocaust Museum or as I call it the Holo-caust Museum. I’m just kidding.
Yeah like at one point the Torah goes: you know and there are people who think that the this didn’t happen, and I felt like, I felt myself defending the super far right Nazis, just because I was sick of being so much brainwashed and I felt like going well [laughs].
They never said it didn’t happen. What they’re saying is that it was much less than six millions and that they starved to death, and they weren’t gassed, that they didn’t have supplies and they were starved to death. They were horrible on people. There were mass graves and all the pictures are real and everything, but it wasn’t gassing. I’m not saying it wasn’t gassing. Please don’t take that clip out of context, but that’s what the far right nuts are saying. God damn it they showed this footage… dead bodies getting bulldozed, I mean the most graphic footage you’ve ever seen, children naked, women, you may see it being thrown in big piles.
But, there’s been a lot of genocides. Mao [Zedong] killed seventy million. The guy I read about this guy that the Tsarnaev Brothers [Tamerlan and Dzhokhar] are named after that killed five percent, he’s a Muslim, he killed something like five percent of the Muslim population, Tsarnaev [Tamerlane was a Turco-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia], anyway.
Stalin, you know, with the Bolsheviks killed thirty million, but the Russians don’t talk about that. They don’t even necessarily see it as a horrible thing, Holodomor [a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an officially estimated 7 million to 10 million] was Ukrainians I think it was ten million Ukrainians that were killed. That was by Jews. That was by Marxist Stalinist left-wing commie socialist Jews [laughs].
You see what this fucking place is doing to me. Even with the Nazis I was like: Wasn’t in the Treaty of Versailles, wasn’t that disproportionately influenced by Jewish intellectuals? And the Treaty of Versailles was the deal Germany got after World War One. It sucked and Germans hated it and they were basically told that they had to give all their money back to the allies, and you know to pay this undue penance for World War One, and that sort of you suck you suck you suck, and also having a pay, give away all your money to taxes makes white people mad, and when they said the Jews are the ones who came up with this stupid plan, they said: well then I hate Jews. And then you had the Nazi party and then you had World War two and you had six million Jews, and you have the Holocaust museum, and then you have this guy who won’t stop… so obsessed with the Holocaust, and yes I know it was bad. Don’t get me wrong I’m not pro Holocaust. Let me funny in your Twitter bio just says pro Holocaust [laughs].
But it’s a strange thing. It’s like a liberal thing. It’s arguably a white thing, but it’s a Jewish thing to sort of dwell on the past and this whole nation state they talk about 75 years ago my people were killed, always the Jews always killing us, we are always the scapegoats…
And then you look at other countries like Pol Pot in Cambodia and the massacres all over Polynesia, that they talk about like yeah there was some crazy times. You know North Koreans they like Kim Jong Un. And I don’t know if it’s healthy to dwell.
Gavin McInnes’ clarification
Hello folks, I am back in the West. I’ve just returned from the east, from East Chayal [Hebrew for a soldier]… I landed and I got tons of Nazi friends, David Duke and all the Nazis think I totally rock. No offence Nazis, I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I don’t like you. I like Jews.
This all started because a clip from my show The Gavin McInnes Show on the Compound media was taken out of context, a clip wherein I say: don’t take this out of context. And it was my first day on this fact finding mission, not funded by the Israeli government by the way, funded by contributors to Rebel Media who paid for us to go there, because they wanted us to learn facts. And in the clip I was talking about the Holocaust Museum, and I was saying a lot of different things. One of them I was saying is I don’t like dwelling on genocide. China moved on, Russia moved on, move on. But I was also saying if you are going to dwell, can you just talk about what the Nazis say and refute their points. Their points are: the Treaty of Versailles was done by Jews. It wasn’t. Holodomor was made by Jews. It wasn’t. That was Stalin, the ex-Christian atheist… That would have been more interesting to me. It is what I was trying to convey in my long two hour show where I sit there and rant.
And I am here by betraying my new Nazi fans and saying: sorry guys I’m not into it. I think it’s pretty clear where I stand on Israel. Where I stand on Israel is – I don’t like their capitulation. I don’t like their constant apologizing. I don’t like their constantly explaining the wall, or talking about the borders of 67 and 48 and all that. It’s like someone in Quebec going: Let me explain, the Jesuits came in first then we had to send the soldiers, Quebecois don’t do that. They go: this is Quebec, and you better like it or not you can get the fuck out. I wish the Israelis would do that more, and I wish the Israelis would embrace Christianity and [Donald] Trump more. Love your wall, love Trump’s wall. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Right now radical Islam is extinguishing Christians just because of their religion and it’s constantly attacking Jews. Let’s unite there. It’s very clear where I stand and I’d appreciate it if you would check out my other 10 or so videos I did http://www.therebel.media/rebel-israel. I like you more than a friend.