It has since been revealed that senior consultant, Syrian-born "pro-Palestinian" activist Laith Marouf, has previously made numerous anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.
Marouf's Twitter account is currently protected, however a number of tweets were leaked, and shared by Jewish author and speaker Aviva Klompas.
In one tweet, Marouf says that his motto is "Life is too short for ... entertaining Jewish White Supremacists with anything but a bullet to the head."
In another, he refers to so-called "Jewish White Supremacists" as "loud mouthed bags of human feces," adding that if Palestine is "liberated," they will "return to being low voiced b*tches of their Christian/Secular White Supremacist Masters."
Marouf also suggested that "Zionists" in Israel should be treated by Palestinians as crusaders were by Saladin, saying "fight us and you will die."
Klompas called out Canadian Heritage for allowing someone who made "disgusting and violent statements about Jews" to be a consultant for an anti-racism program.
She also urged Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez to act.
Marouf described the program as "a timely intervention with the potential to shape how Racialized Canadians experience the media space," adding that he is "grateful to Canadian Heritage for their partnership and the trust imposed in us and commit to ensuring the successful and responsible execution of this project."
According to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Canadian Heritage provided CMAC with $133,822 for the program under an agreement that is set to last until 2023.
Marouf has also argued that there is no such thing as a "Jewish People," going on to suggest that "most of Zionists are converts to Judaism and have no genetic connection."
Aside from expressing hatred towards Jews, Marouf has also on at least one occasion referred to Canada as an "apartheid" state.
At the time of writing, nobody from the federal government has commented on the situation.
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