Fri, Feb 03, 2012: J’Accuse

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Join us for an evening of powerful dramatic readings from Hassan Diab, Emile Zola, and others who have broken the silence and spoken out about the injustices they face. Attorney Barbara Jackman will also speak at this event.

When: Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 3H3 (map)

In 1894 Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French soldier, was charged with treason. The accusation, based on fraudulent handwriting analysis, unleashed waves of anti-Semitism. Eminent French writer Emile Zola wrote J’Accuse to expose “the spectre of the innocent man who, far away, is suffering the most atrocious of tortures for a crime he did not commit — It is a crime to exploit patriotism for works of hate.”

Right now, exactly repeating the past, France rests its case against Hassan Diab on the basis of fraudulent handwriting analysis. In this climate of Islamophobia, France has asked the Canadian government to comply and to extradite Hassan Diab where he faces an unfair trial that could land him in jail for life. He remains under house arrest in Canada. Visit http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/ for more information.

  1. Janice Williamson

    Thank you for this event. Your historical comparison is so telling. I hope Hassan Diab will find justice. And may our Canadian government refuse to extradite him to France where justice seems unlikely.

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