A “correction” in the Toronto Star was for some reason made. It read:
“A Dec. 22 article about Christine Douglass -Williams’ firing from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation reported accurately that her biography on the foundation’s website, which has now been taken down, stated she sits on the Anti-Semitism Task Force with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC). Following publication, the FSWC told the Star its anti-Semitism task force was never launched.
I am now announcing publicly on Jihad Watch a correction to that “correction”: there was indeed an Anti-Semitism Task force that was launched. I served on it, and you can see the proof HERE, along with another picture describing me as “a member of FSWC Task Force on Anti-semitism” HERE (please scroll down).
I do not know who was responsible for the so-called “correction” at the Toronto Star, but I had an e-mail exchange with the Toronto Star reporter, in which she asked pertinent questions about the “correction”. I wished someone at the Toronto Star had inquired with me about before publishing that “correction.” The reporter, Jennifer Yang, is making efforts to remedy this unfortunate error, but because of the long weekend, there will be a delay.
Please see the email dialogue between Jennifer and me below. The inaccurate information given about me is outright defamatory and libelous, and frames me as an individual who falsifies important information about my own work. This is not my character, and the proof provided should raise questions about why and how this “correction” was made by the Toronto Star in the first place. The dishonesty and implications of this “correction” have since posed a problem, and required clarification on my behalf. Out of politeness, I will leave it at that (for now).
—- Original Message —-
From: Yang, Jennifer
To: Chris Williams
Sent: Sat, Dec 23, 2017 6:04 pm
Subject: Re: Interview request
Hi Christine: I’ve forwarded your emails to our public editor, who is responsible for corrections and clarifications. Unfortunately, I believe she is off for the holiday long weekend but she or someone in her office will look into this as soon as they can. I will let you know once I hear back. Thank you.
From: Chris Williams
Sent: December 23, 2017 4:08:00 PM
To: Yang, Jennifer
Subject: Re: Interview request
Can you please let me know if and when this correction would be made.
It affects my integrity and I would need to alert readers in another publication of this error with proof of links.
Thank you kindly
Sent from an iPhone
On Dec 23, 2017, at 1:46 PM, Yang, Jennifer wrote:
To Chris Williams
Ok, thanks very much Christine.
Sent from my iPhone
On Dec 23, 2017, at 12:58 PM, Chris Williams wrote:
To be precise, I only know that I was part of this task-force as indicated by Mr. Avi Benlolo to me in 2012, and you can see this proof of accuracy as captured in the photo [https://archive.fo/48qKp]. I too am now confused as to when this task force started and when it ended, now that I am hearing that it was never launched. But I can say with certainty that other than that confusion (whether as part of this task-force or outside of it), I also did:
Christian outreach for them for a few months in 2012, was active in their initial launch of the Tour for Humanity, addressed their board with ideas about the Tour bus where I suggested visiting campuses among ideas; attended their many events and spoke at their fine high level conference on anti-semitism in 2014. [https://archive.fo/3Ymjt].
Also in 2013, Avi Benlolo moderated an event of which I was a speaker: “FSWC PRESENTS: Israel and the Struggle Within the United Church “as you can see advertised at the FSWC site here: https://archive.fo/4rGcp
I also wrote pieces for FSWC.
On Dec 23, 2017, at 12:22 PM, Yang, Jennifer wrote:
Thank you… I will try to clarify with FSWC. Do you recall the specific dates of when you sat on the anti-semitism task force? And what projects/initiatives did you undertake with them as a member of this task force?
“News Clarifications for Dec. 23”, Toronto Star, Friday December 22, 2017:
……….A Dec. 22 article about Christine Douglass -Williams’ firing from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation reported accurately that her biography on the foundation’s website, which has now been taken down, stated she sits on the Anti-Semitism Task Force with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC). Following publication, the FSWC told the Star its anti-Semitism task force was never launched.