A professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta who has been under investigation for Holocaust denial will retire from his post.
Anthony Hall, a tenured professor of Globalization Studies, “will be retiring from the U of L in the fall of 2018 and therefore will not be teaching any classes during the upcoming fall 2018 academic semester,” the school announced in a brief statement on Tuesday.
It did not provide further explanation, citing privacy concerns.
“This is a monumental and precedent-setting victory for human rights in Canada,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, the group that first exposed Hall’s controversial comments. “Students should not be subjected to Hall’s brand of hatred and xenophobia, which clearly have no place in an academic setting.”
As recently as late July, Hall was listed as teaching two classes in the fall 2018 semester on Lethbridge’s online course catalog, B’nai Brith Canada said. School officials later clarified that Hall — who has blamed Israel for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and called for “open debate” on the Holocaust in a video for a Holocaust-denying group — would not be teaching the advertised courses.
Hall was first suspended without pay in September 2016, with Lethbridge citing his views “that have been characterized as being anti-Semitic, supportive of holocaust denial and engagement in conspiracy theories.”
He was reinstated in November, after the university’s Board of Governors and Faculty Association agreed that all “outstanding issues” surrounding Hall would be addressed through an internal inquiry, carried out according to the Faculty Handbook. Hall has not taught a class at the university since his suspension.
A supporter of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign, Hall claimed in a February 2016 interview with Iran-owned Press TV that the Islamic State (ISIL) “is USA,” and alleged that then-CIA director John Brennan was “probably involved in the supply chain to get … chemical weapons to ISIL.”
In an August 2016 interview, Hall spoke of the “false flag terror event on 9/11,” calling it “a Zionist job — Israel-first neo-con job.”
The professor has also suggested that “Canada is becoming a servant of the Israeli warrior state,” and argued that “Israeli propaganda” seeks “to mislead the world about the nature of the Iranian nuclear program.”
Hall’s views were divisive among his former students. A 2008 review on the website RateMyProfessors warned, “Anyone who doesnt believe in the 9/11 conspiracy should not take this class.” Some six years later, a student approvingly wrote, “Professor Hall opened my eyes about many current events that have brought the USA to wars, such as the concept of False Flags.”