Jewish community calls for apology, firing of radio host
UPDATED: Cogeco and host apologize
Members of the Jewish community are calling for a local radio host to be fired after he appeared to be condoning anti-Semitic remarks by a caller.
Jacques Fabi of Cogeco's 98.5 fm took a caller last week and let her ramble about the Holocaust among other things for several minutes.
Rabbi Reuben Poupko of the Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation says the host should be fired.
"If this is not cause for an immediate dismissal, I don't know what is," he tells CJAD 800.
During the 4-minute exchange, the caller whose name is Maria, tells the host that the Holocaust was the most beautiful event in history. But instead of cutting her loose, Fabi allows her to continue, saying although he would not dare say such a thing, she probably has the right.
B'Nai Brith Canada isnt going as far as to call for the host's firing but wants him to apologize publicly.
"This is unacceptable and I want to hear from the station how they are going to make sure that this never happens again," says lawyer Steven Slimovitch.
Cogeco confirmed this afternoon that the radio host has been suspended for one month, without pay.
At the time of writing, calls to the station were not returned.