Jewish activists hailed a court ruling that allows Canada to deport German Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel to face prosecution at home. \nZundel, author of The Hitler We Loved and Why, has been held in a Toronto jail for two years while authorities determined whether he posed a security risk to Canadian society. \nFederal Court Justice Pierre Blais said Friday that Zundel's activities were not only a threat to national security, "but also a threat to the international community of nations." \nZundel, a leading proponent of white supremacy, claims the Holocaust never happened. \nIn his 63-page decision released in Ottawa on Thursday, Blais called Zundel a racist hypocrite and said his Toronto home was a "revolving door" for some of the world's most notorious white supremacists who have promoted violence and hatred against Jews and minorities. \n"It is time for Zundel's plane to take off. This should mark a closure to the tireless efforts of many to bring Zundel to justice," said Frank Dimant, executive vice president of B'nai Brith of Canada. \nB'nai Brith and other Jewish organizations in Canada and the US have for decades followed Zundel's activities and intervened in the legal proceedings against him. \n"The impact of Zundel's removal from Canada is significant," said Len Rudner, national director of community relations for the Canadian Jewish Congress. \n`An indictment of hatred' \n"It's an indictment of hatred, an indictment of violence." \nZundel faces prosecution in Germany for his neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denying activities. \nSince the late 1970s he has operated Samisdat Publishing, one of the leading distributors of Nazi propaganda and since 1995 has been a key content provider for a Web site dedicated to Holocaust denial, according to the the Anti-Defamation League. \nGerman authorities told the Canadian Press on Friday that Zundel would be picked up and arrested as soon as he arrived back in his homeland. \nZundel's lawyer Peter Lindsay said in statement that Zundel would not appeal and expected to be deported as early as next Tuesday. \n"Probably no one cares because Mr. Ernst Zundel is notorious and reviled," Lindsay said. \n"The powerful and the popular do not need to rely on the fairness of our legal system. The marginalized and the reviled do. Our system has failed Mr. Zundel," he added. \n`A dangerous precedent' \nZundel spokesman Mark Weber said Zundel was being persecuted for his personal beliefs. \n"The government case is based on pretext, innuendo," Weber said by phone. \n"The judge cites no concrete basis that he is a threat to national security. He merely points out that Zundel met with people who, arguably, might be a threat to national security. That's not a crime. It's a dangerous precedent and it's a dangerous blow against freedom for Canadians." \nBorn in Germany in 1939, Zundel emigrated to Canada in 1958 and lived in Toronto and Montreal until 2001. \nCanadian officials rejected his attempts to obtain Canadian citizenship in 1966 and 1994. He moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, until he was deported back to Canada in 2003 for alleged immigration violations. \nZundel claimed in court that he is a peaceful man who has no criminal record or charges against him in Canada. Lindsay, his attorney, challenged the constitutionality of the security certificate review process, saying it violates his client's right to free speech and association. \nThe Canadian security certificate law, passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the US, allows the government to hold terrorism suspects without charge, based on secret evidence that does not have to be disclosed to a suspect's defense. \nAlan Borovoy, general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said intelligence authorities may know of criminal offenses by Zundel, which cannot be disclosed for reasons of national security, but the detainment without charge or public evidence smacks of injustice. \n"Zundel, I have no difficulty saying, is a nasty, nasty character and everything I'm saying is without the slightest sympathy for him," Borovoy said. "But the process in itself is unfair."
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