TORONTO (Apr. 11)
A jury of 10 men and two women was chosen Tuesday in the trial of Jim Keegstra, the former Eckville, Alberta, high school teacher accused of violating Canada’s anti-hate laws. Keegstra was fired by the Alberta school board two years ago after parents complained he was teaching in his classes that Jews are the root of all evil and the Holocaust was a Jewish hoax.
His trial, the first test of Canadian anti-hate legislation, opened Tuesday in Red Deer, Alberta. It is expected to last at least two months. The Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai B’rith have sent observers to monitor the proceedings.