Martin Gladstone’s campaign of lies and defamation

March 31, 2010

Toronto lawyer Martin Gladstone has recently been quoted in the Toronto Sun claiming that members of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid wore “Nazi memorabilia” in last year’s Toronto Pride parade. He is making this claim based on one person, not a QuAIA member, marching in last year’s parade with a well known Anti-Racist Action t-shirt which features a crossed-out swastika, like a no smoking sign.

Here is an image of this t-shirt from Martin Gladstone’s own homemade film, Reclaiming Our Pride.

Even though this very clear and unambiguous image was available to Gladstone, he has been circulating the following blurry image that obscures the t-shirt, and has been claiming that it shows a swastika and is evidence of anti-Semitism. (Annotations are from Martin Gladstone’s submission to the “Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism”):

Gladstone has been lobbying city councillors, media, Members of Parliament, and  Pride sponsors to ban QuAIA from Pride, and has used this fabrication as the basis of his demand. The Toronto Sun reprinted this lie without seeking comment from QuAIA or verifying the accuracy of the claim. Gladstone has also reported that QuAIA marchers chanted “fist by fist, blow by blow, apartheid state has got to go.” The actual chant was “brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid is going to fall.” Again, Gladstone is trying to create an atmosphere of violence that is based on falsehoods.

QuAIA believes that it is irresponsible to use lies and fabrications to foment fears of anti-Semitism.

Saying that an anti-Nazi symbol is a Nazi symbol is like saying a “no smoking” sign means “please smoke”, or a “no left turn” sign means “please turn left”, or a “no parking” sign means “park here”.  We can only hope he doesn’t have a driver’s license.