Joel wrote a terrific report on the Left Forum (and its "banned" co-event, the Left Out Forum). In it, he writes: "Growing up, as I did, in the traumatic shadow of the Holocaust, I embraced Zionism as a young person—it was the dominant ideology of my Jewish education—insensitive to its implicit racism, and only came to realize its truly oppressive dimensions in the early 1980s." Since then he seems to have fully recovered, as evidenced by these excerpts from an emailed defense of the Left Out Forum:
"I have learned a lot observing this mostly covert conflict (over holocaust revisionism). On one hand, there are legitimate historical researchers who are questioning some of the long-accepted beliefs about the Holocaust, which is perfectly legitimate. Historians change perspective on major events from generation to generation. It's happened to slavery and the Civil War, the two World Wars, the British Empire, and many other historical subjects, whose massive existence was never denied. However, the Holocaust has become sacrosanct as part of the justification for Israeli ethnic cleansing and subsequent oppression, hence Norman Finkelstein's book The Holocaust Industry, which sounded pretty outrageous when it came out, I admit. The almost inconceivable horror of the Holocaust was being treated as a commercial product—and I was brought up immersed in Holocaust history—and yet, this is what the Israelis seemed prepared to do and have done. Because of the Holocaust's special status, anyone whose research conflicts with any part of the official story is branded as a H. denier! This is simply ridiculous, as any serious student of history knows...
"So 'Holocaust denier' has become like 'conspiracy theorist': a term that stifles debate and automatically discredits anyone who questions official policies in a particular domain. This doesn't mean that there aren't real nuts who try to deny the historicity of the Holocaust, but these are fringe elements, not respectable and credentialed academics who are honestly questioning Israel's neo-colonialist oppression, or taking a second look at the horrors of the Holocaust. History, as you of all people know, is immensely complex and can never be exhaustively accounted for. We can only take pieces of it and try to make sense of it, and so it is rewritten every generation or so.
"As for 'conspiracy theorist,' you probably know that the CIA invented this term around 1967 to silence critics of the JFK Assassination investigation, which was a sham, as is well known today. I avoid the term because of this origin, and as Lance deHaven Smith points out in his brilliant book Conspiracy Theory in America, the term is used to discredit people who simply connect the dots and come to conclusions other than those of the power structure—as was done in the Declaration of Independence itself.
"Having said that, I refuse to condemn by association, especially when I have direct experience of a person. I have read a lot of what Kevin Barrett has written, and there isn't a shred of anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial in it. In fact, he's quite ecumenical. Same for Prof. Anthony Hall, who was crassly smeared on his Facebook page, then suspended without pay, but ultimately exonerated."
"The June 5 headline in The Star reads: 'Public safety minister reassures Canadians ahead of Canada Day celebrations.' The story quotes Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale as saying the RCMP and other security agencies are taking 'necessary and appropriate steps' to protect people at Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations this summer. This Canadian would be more reassured if the minister declared there will be no more unnecessary and inappropriate police-manufactured fake 'terror plots'—such as the one on Canada Day 2013 in Victoria, B.C. perpetrated by the RCMP."
Barrie has not heard back from the Star, so he suspects they have deemed his article unprintable...like other articles he has submitted touching on false flag terror, 9/11 truth, and related subjects. So much for media criticism in Canada!
We also discuss:
*The Sanders/Corbyn phenomenon. Barrie opines: "Certainly the left ain’t dead, especially among younger voters."