September 5, 2023
Dr. Leslie Rigg
President and Vice Chancellor
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
Dr. Jerry Tomberlin Interim President and Vice Chancellor
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Dear Presidents Rigg and Tomberlin:
Normally, we don’t write to university presidents complaining about professors publishing articles outside of their zone of expertise in obscure academic journals. For one, having the words “education foundation” in our organizational name, we support the concept of academic freedom. Also, we generally have better things to do.
We’re making an exception in this case.
We recently discovered1 that Prof. Miles Howe of Brock University and Prof. Paul Sylvestre of Carleton University published an article in the Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime titled “International Cash Conduits and Real Estate Empires: A Case Study in Canadian Philanthropic Crime”.2
The title of this paper could just as easily be “Sinister Cabal of Rich & Crafty Jewish Landlords Use Fake Charities to Cheat on Taxes and Oppress Palestinians”, issued as a 2022 update to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.3
The paper is supposedly about how three Canadian charities ran afoul of the Income Tax Act’s documentation and activity rules, leading to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) cancelling the charity status of two of them. Instead, it soon morphs into a conspiracy theory about a vast network of rich and greedy Jews using their “real estate conglomerates” and “real estate empires” to exploit the CRA’s lax enforcement practices, cheat on their taxes, and be “complicit in mass social harms associated with settler colonial state violence.”
The authors don’t shy away from naming individuals: Shmuel Reidel. Chava Reidel. Baruch Horowitz. Hennie Tepler. Yitzchok Kerzner. Bernice Kerzner. Shmuel Grosz. It’s a lengthy list of Jews, all with Eastern European Ashkenazic names. What a coincidence!
We’re not saying that charities serving the Jewish community either in Canada or abroad never contravene this country’s tax regulations. But Professors Miles and Sylvestre would have you believe, from their singular focus on Jews,that “complicity” in the “theft of millions in potential government revenue” is something specially connected to Jews.
Now imagine a similar paper smearing Blacks, Central/South American people, Indigenous people, 2SLGBTQ+ people, or Muslims, with allegations of operating an enormous criminal network cheating the Canadian people out of “potential government revenue” and secreting money away to support their parochial causes. The outrage would be instantaneous and overwhelming e.g., the “race science” of the late Prof. J. Philippe Rushton at the University of Western Ontario.4
So why is it open season on Jews?
Very truly yours,
cc. Dr. Miles Howe, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Paul Sylvestre, Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University
Kristy Holtfreter, Co-Editor, Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime Kristy.email@example.com
1 We discovered a link to this paper through the website of one Yves Engler; Revenue Canada, shut down pro-Israel ‘burner charity’ now - Yves Engler. We’ve made it our business to monitor the Jew-hating garbage he publishes ever since he wrote in 2016 that “Without an intervention of some sort, the Jewish community risks having future dictionaries defining “anti-Semitism” as “a movement for justice and equality.” The most abused term in Canada today: 'Anti-Semitism' - rabble.ca
2 International Cash Conduits and Real Estate Empires: A Case Study in Canadian Philanthropic Crime - Miles Howe, Paul Sylvestre, 2022 (sagepub.com)
3 The Protocols of the Elders of Zion - Wikipedia
4 Dr. Philippe Rushton - Psychology - Western University - Western University (uwo.ca)