The Cotler Files

Three Internet searches on Dec. 15, 2003 for 199 most prominent newspaper articles referring to Irwin Cotler yielded results which are now archived in 3 html files as follows:

cotler20040101.html - Irwin Cotler + Ukrainian; older than 2 years (186 articles, 773KB)
cotler20040102.html - Irwin Cotler + Deschenes; older than 2 years (19 articles, 135KB)
cotler20040103.html - Irwin Cotler + Ukrainian; less than 2 years (149 articles, 891KB)

A list of the titles of these 354 articles is available at:
cotlerIndex.html - (354 articles, 54KB)


Subject Analysis

(a) Raoul Wallenberg
(b) Anatoly Shcharansky
(c) Jules Deschenes
(d) John Demjanjuk
(e) Saddam Hussein
(f) Palestinian or Palestine
(g) Authors: Irwin Cotler, Melissa Radler



A cursory analysis of the sources (newspapers and authors) indicates the following were the most prolific:

Canadian Jewish News: 27+2+43=72
P. Lungen=4+0+13=17, J. Arnold=3+0+3=6, R. Czillag=2+0+4=6, D. Koven=3+0+0=3

Jerusalem Post: 30+1+17=48
I. Cotler=3+0+1=4, G.F. Cashman=2+0+1=3, E. Meyer=3, W. Ruby=2, B. Hutman=2, Y. Poch=2

Jerusalem Report: 4+0+4=8

Toronto Star: 52+12+19=73
[Star Affiliates]: 55+12+13=80-73=7
D. Vienneau=8+9+0=17, S. Handelman=5+0+0=5, O. Ward=4+0+0=4, G. Fraser=2+0+1=3, N. Morris=2+0+0=2

Toronto Sun: 4+0+4=8
[Sun Media]: 9+0+13=22-8=14

Hill Times: 7+0+14=21
Maclean's: 4+3=0=7

Canadian Press Newswire: 14+0+7=21
Canadian Corporate Newswire: 2+0+6=8
Canada Newswire: 2+0+6=8
PR Newswire: 3+0+0=3
CBC TV: 1+0+4=5
CTV TV: 0+0+5=5
BBC: 4+0+0=4

Agence France Presse: 4+0+2=6
New York Times: 4+0+1=5
Washington Post: 2+0+0=2
Los Angeles Times: 2+0+0=2
Commercial Appeal: 2+0+0=2
Total = 329 of 354 articles

We note that Irwin Cotler and Melissa Radler have authorship of 7 articles each in these three html files.

Subject Analysis

(a) Raoul Wallenberg appears in 26+0+4=30 articles found in the Cotler Files from 1988 to 2003. These articles are listed in chronological order by year below:

1988: [141] [139] [90] [101]
1989: [5] [51]
1990: [68] [42] [134] [63] [35] [131] [72] [1]
1991: [34] [57] [27] [19] [195] [61] [17]
1992: [122]
1997: [170]
2001: [99] [148] [190]
2002: [24c] [22c] [80c]
2003: [34c]

It is interesting that in 1988-89, Mr. Wallenberg was credited with saving from thousands, 10,000, and finally to tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews. By 1990-91 the upper limit is 100,000, which is the number consistently quoted from 1997 to 2003.

The Annual Raoul Wallenberg Lecture at Bar Ilan University, Israel appears to have commenced in January 1988. Mr. Wallenberg was granted posthumous honourary Canadian Citizenship in 1985(?) and January 17 was proclaimed Raoul Wallenberg Day by the Canadian Parliament in 2001.

In addition to publicizing the Holocaust, Mr. Cotler and his co-workers appear to have used, and presumably continue to use, the pretext of concern for the fate of Mr. Wallenberg to gain access to secret Soviet archives. They appear to have succeeded by 1990, but later complain that these archives were slammed shut in 1991.

The most fanciful story appears in the Toronto Star, Jun. 10, 2001 [148] in which Agnes Adachi relates how she was recruited by Mr. Wallenberg from a mid-winter diplomatic party to spend the night diving into the freezing Danube River to rescue Jews downstream from where Germans were seizing them, binding their hands and feet, and throwing them into the icy water.

We note that the search for Wallenberg continues. On Edmonton CBC Radio 740Kz 6:10 a.m., Jan. 02, 2004 NEWS, Kirk Petrovic reported a new initiative to search the Russian archives for Wallenberg documents. David Matas wrote the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bill Graham, to approach the Russian government to allow researchers to search Russian secret archives. Bill Graham wrote Ivanov in this regard.

(b) Anatoly Shcharansky (later Natan Sharansky) appears in 25+0+9=34 articles from 1979 to 2003.

1979: [83]
1980: [58]
1983: [159]
1986: [55] [123] [31] [73] [64] [30] [24]
1987: [33] [43] [50]
1988: [116] [49] [38]
1990: [70] [20]
1991: [17] [102] [160]
1999: [97]
2000: [93]
2001: [179] [126]
2002: [170c] [59c] [181c] [3c] [184c]
2003: [42c] [96c] [7c] [198c]

The first article [83] in the New York Times, Sep. 03, 1979 written by Irwin Cotler himself indicates that he was evicted from the Soviet Union before he could talk to the "highest Soviet judicial authorities" about Anatoly Shcharansky and other Jewish "refuseniks".

Article [159] in the Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 21, 1983 by T. Rubin is an analysis of Jewish immigration from the Soviet Union.

Mr. Shcharansky was released on Feb. 11, 1986 as part of an East-West spy exchange and flew directly to Israel to meet with Mr. Cotler. He changed his name to Natan Sharansky. The 10 articles from 1986-87 refer to this release and highlight Jewish emigration.

The 8 articles from 1988-91 are during the glasnost era instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev immediately prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Soviet Jews are panicking to leave in record numbers -- up to one million over 5 years is forecast. At the same time, Cotler is applying pressure to have the so-called prisoners of Zion rehabilitated, which is interpreted as the rehabilitation of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union.

In the 13 articles from 1999 through 2003, Mr. Sharansky is normally quoted in passing as having been represented by Mr. Cotler. Many of the articles are couched in the fight for human rights and refer to other people that Mr. Cotler represented. Nevertheless, articles 181c (on judicial influence), 7c (by Melissa Radler), and 198c (on JPPPI) are interesting in their own right.

Mr. Sharansky was obviously a "refusenik", who was in the forefront in trying to force Soviet authorities to allow the emigration of Soviet Jews to Israel. He married Natalia Stieglitz in Ukraine on July 04, 1974, just before she emigrated to Israel and changed her first name to Avital. Through her efforts, Cotler became Sharansky's lawyer in 1976. Sharansky was convicted of spying for the West in 1977. Presumably, he was incarcerated in Chistopol prison and Perm Labor Camp 35 (where the famous Ukrainian dissident Vasyl Stus died).

[Danylo Shumuk (the Ukrainian dissident, who spent 42 years of his life in prisons and exile, and who eventually was released to Canada in 1987) had a high regard for most Jewish dissidents (especially Yuri Orlov) in the camps. However, he referred to Sharansky as a "loudmouth", who could antagonize the prison authorities with impunity because of his connections to the West.]

Because of his fame, Mr. Sharansky was eventually elected to the Israeli Knesset, where he is reputed to be the spokesman and protector of the people linked to organized crime, the so-called Russian Mafia.

[From the Ukrainian perspective, the efforts of the Jewish diaspora by means of publicity and American economic sanctions to force the Soviet authorities to allow Jewish emigration was a two-edged sword. The Ukrainian dissidents of the 1960s drew the ire of Soviet authorities. There appears to be an inverse correlation between Jewish emigration and repression of Ukrainian dissidents. For example, a moderate Ukrainian Premier Petro Shelest was purged in 1972 and replaced with the hard-liner Vladimir Scherbitsky, which resulted in a major crackdown on Ukrainian dissidents. This increased repression of Ukrainians is correlated with increased emigration of Soviet Jews.]

(c) Jules Deschenes and the Deschenes Commission associated with Nazi war crimes or criminals appears in 14+17+1=32 articles from 1985 to 2002 in the Cotler Files.

1985: [93a] [27a] [6] [15a] [14a] [65] [104] [95a] [12a] [184] [151] [13a]
1986: [4] [171] [3] [30] [78] [19a]
1987: [22a] [23a] [21a] [165] [9a]
1988: [26a] [105] [20a]
1989: [5] [7a] [24a]
1998: [84a]
1999: [178]
2002: [181c]

From 1985 through 1989, the main sources were the Toronto Star (19), authored mostly by David Vienneau (14), and Maclean's (7). The overall premise or tone of these articles is that there are thousands of Nazi war criminals living in Canada and that the government is shamefully reluctant to bring them to justice. It is pure media hype by the Holocaust Industry and its media pimps.

Early in 1989, E. Meyer of the Jerusalem Post [5] reports that Irwin Cotler proposed that Israel "set up a Nazi war crimes unit". Only the last article from 1989 [24a] by Wim Van Leer in the Jerusalem Post questions the Deschenes Commission proceedings and concludes that it is "Giving Nazi-hunting a bad name".

[For many years, the best discussion of the Deschenes Commission Report has been a Critique by Will Zuzak at this internal link , also archived at an external link at /tp/wllzzk/deschene005.html

More recently, Dr. Lubomyr Prytulak has written a stinging condemnation titled "Irwin Cotler Leadership in the Deschenes Commission Witch Hunt" in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Paul Martin dated Apr. 27, 2004. It is posted on his Ukrainian Archive at
The text (with internal links inactive) is reproduced here .

A simplified historical timeline of the Deschenes Commission Witch Hunt and its aftermath is as follows:

- Nov.-Dec., 1984 (following Brian Mulroney's election victory for the Progressive Conservatives) - media allegations on Nazi war criminals living in Canada.

- Feb. 07, 1985 - establishment of Deschenes Commission.

- Dec. 30, 1986 - report of the Deschenes Commission submitted to Parliament.

- Mar. 12, 1987 - Parliament releases Deschenes Commission report to public.

- Aug.-Sep., 1987 - Bill C-71, allowing for retroactive prosecution of Nazi war criminals, is (secretly) passed in House and Senate.

- 1988 to 1994 - failure to convict any "Nazi war criminals" in a criminal court of law.

- Jan., 1995 - Justice Minister Allan Rock (Liberal) abandons rigorous criminal prosecutions and switches to the denaturalization and deportation (d&d) process utilizing lax civil rules of evidence and a balance of probabilities criterion. War criminality is no longer an issue. A bureaucrat proclaims that the accused victim must be guilty of a presumed immigration infraction. There is no presumption of innocence. Rather than the State being required to prove war criminality beyond a reasonable doubt, it is the accused who faces the almost impossible task of disproving the State's allegations concerning an immigration infraction.

- 1995 to 2003 - some 18 naturalized Canadians were accused of obtaining their citizenship "by false representation or fraud or by knowingly concealing material circumstances". Although some of the cases were abandoned for various reasons, and some judges ruled in favour of the accused, there were several cases where the judge ruled in favour of the State. In these cases the accused faces denaturalization by a secret Cabinet Committee and subsequent deportation to some unknown destination.

Nevertheless, in not one single case has war criminality of the accused been proven. In many cases, it has not even been directly alleged. All these cases -- both the earlier criminal cases and these latter d&d cases -- prove beyond all reasonable doubt that there are no Nazi war criminals living in Canada.]

(d) John Demjanjuk, his Jerusalem Show Trial in 1987-88 and the attempts by the Holocaust Industry to have him charged with other crimes after his exoneration by the Israeli Supreme Court on July 29, 1993 (but before his final release on Sep. 22, 1993) appears in 9+2+0=11 articles from 1987 to 1993 in the Cotler Files.

1987: [21a] [165]
1989: [5] [24a]
1993: [132] [74] [81] [180] [2] [22] [60]

The two articles from 1987 are by Madelaine Drohan in Maclean's. The two articles from 1989 are both from the Jerusalem Post, where on Jan. 02, 1989, Irwin Cotler is urging Israel to 'set up a Nazi war crimes unit' and on Aug. 14, 1989, Wim Van Leer wrote his comprehensive article [24a] on the Deschenes Commission and Nazi-hunting. All four articles also appear in the Deschenes search.

The seven articles from August 1993 illustrate the tremendous effort that the Holocaust Industry expended to keep John Demjanjuk in an Israeli jail after he was exonerated by the Israeli Supreme Court on July 29, 1993. A total of nine petitions to have Mr. Demjanjuk charged with other "lesser" crimes were submitted, but were rejected by the Israeli courts.

As head of Interamicus (International Centre for Human Rights), Irwin Cotler was at the forefront of this effort -- using argumentation such as "freeing Mr. Demjanjuk will discourage prosecution of other suspected Nazi war criminals" and "Israel is obligated by international law to put all Nazi criminals on trial".

Unfortunately, there is no reference to the outburst of Mr. Cotler and Kenneth Narvey possibly on Friday, Sep. 03, 1993 (recorded and telecast by CBC Television after the Israeli Courts finally ruled that Mr. Demjanjuk must be deported back to the United States), that they would pursue Mr. Demjanjuk to the ends of the earth.

[Sometimes in the early 1990's Lily Zuzak arranged for Yoram Sheftel to lecture to the McGill Law Faculty and students on the Demjanjuk case. The lecture was attended by Irwin Cotler and Kenneth Narvey, who gave the impression that they supported Mr. Demjanjuk. When Mrs. Zuzak offered to debate Mr. Cotler on the issue in front of a Montreal audience, he asked her what made her think that he would not be supporting Mr. Demjanjuk.

In the Jerusalem Post, Jan. 02, 1989, [5] Ernie Meyer quotes Mr. Cotler as follows: "My reply to that one is that unless we prosecute individuals, some people will say that since there are no criminals, there were no crimes, and therefore no Holocaust. Every time we bring a Nazi war criminal to justice we strike a blow against the Holocaust-deniers."

Similarly, in the Toronto Star, Jan. 21, 1992, [122] Peter Small quotes Mr. Cotler as follows: "Each time we bring a war criminal to justice we strike a blow against the Holocaust denial movement."

In other words, Mr. Cotler admits pursuing old, decrepit and defenseless men from the WWII era not in the interests of justice, but to "strike a blow" against Holocaust-deniers and the Holocaust denial movement. What is worse, he brings Canada’s justice system into disrepute by utilizing the d&d process, which fraudulently equates alleged immigration infractions with war criminality.]

(e) Saddam Hussein appears in 5+0+7=12 articles from 1991 (associated with the first Gulf War) to 2003 (associated with the second War on Iraq).

1991: [146] [19] [9] [130]
1992: [15]
2002: [147c] [78c]
2003: [171c] [174c] [37c] [7c] [198c]

During the 1990-1991 academic year, Irwin Cotler was on sabbatical leave as a visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was, thus, in Israel during the First War on Iraq called Operation Desert-Storm from Jan. 17 to Feb. 27, 1991. Ironically, his "Letter to the Peaceniks" [146] dated Feb. 14, 1991 refers to "weapons of mass destruction", a term he repeats 11 years later in article [140c] dated Apr. 29, 2002 and popularized to justify the Second War on Iraq, misnamed as Operation Iraqi Freedom, commencing on March 20, 2003 Baghdad time.

Particularly interesting are the next three articles [19] [9] [130] dated from May 16 to Jun. 06, 1991, in which Mr. Cotler, as chairman of the "Nuremberg II Group", calls for Saddam Hussein to be indicted for war crimes before a War Crimes Tribunal. Twelve years later in article [37c] dated Mar. 27, 2003, Mr. Cotler (now a Member of Parliament) renews his call for an international criminal tribunal to try Saddam Hussein, to whom he refers as the "personification of evil" in Melissa Radler's article [7c].

In the other articles in this grouping, Saddam Hussein is either mentioned in passing or as part of the Canadian political discussion as to whether Canada should support the Americans and send troops to Iraq.

These and subsequent articles illustrate very clearly that from 1991 to the present day, Irwin Cotler has consistently hate-mongered against Saddam Hussein (and other Arab leaders) and war-mongered against Iraq (and other Middle East countries presenting a threat to Israel). He is one of the original neo-cons, who developed and are controlling U.S. foreign policy, and who conspired to have George Bush invade Iraq in March 2003.

(f) Palestinian or Palestine appears in 20+2+51=73 articles from 1983 to 2003. As a subset of this list, terror or terrorism appears in 36 of these articles and is shown in bolded red in the list below.

1983: [159]
1986: [30]
1990: [162]
1991: [146] [141a] [133]
1992: [164]
1996: [100]
1998: [84a]
1999: [103] [186] [92]
2000: [182] [185] [199] [109] [37] [188]
2001: [115] [142] [66]

2002, Jan: [86c] [89c] [186c]
2002, Apr: [45c] [131c] [4c] [54c] [159c] [197c] [57c] [140c]
2002, Jun-Sep: [73c] [170c] [59c] [36c] [68c] [78c]
2002, Oct-Nov: [97c] [71c] [187c] [32c] [92c] [3c] [27c]
2002, Dec: [47c] [193c] [120c] [153c] [199c]

2003, Jan-May: [98c] [100c] [147c] [14c]
2003, Jun: [7c] [28c] [44c] [142c] [116c] [189c] [65c] [66c]
2003, Jul: [75c] [82c] [64c] [91c] [20c]
2003, Sep-Nov: [51c] [55c] [46c] [25c] [30c]

We note that 48 of the 73 articles listed above appear in Jewish publications -- the Canadian Jewish News (27), the Jerusalem Post (17) and the Jerusalem Report (4). (Articles [20c], [36c] in the Jerusalem Report are identical to articles [119], [154] which inadvertently appeared in the initial older-than-2-year Cotler search.)

It is rather ironic, that in the 19 years from 1983 through 2001, Palestinians are only mentioned 22 times, with only three references to terrorism since 1999. In the two subsequent years 2002, 2003, Palestinians are mentioned 51 times and are linked to terrorism in 36 (i.e. 70%) of these articles.

The first time period corresponds to the First Palestinian Intifada (coinciding with the John Demjanjuk show Trial in Jerusalem), during which Israeli soldiers tortured, maimed and killed Palestinians with impunity. The second time period corresponds to the Second Palestinian Intifada, during which Israeli terrorism is being met with some resistance and suicide bombings.

[The Western political establishment has recently concocted a self-serving definition of terrorist and terrorism, which excludes states and governmental institutions. This is obviously an over-reaction to the 2001/9/11 WTC collapse and the Palestinian suicide bombings.

In our view, the only valid definition must be based on the individual who experiences the emotion of terror as a result of action taken by other people. Do Israelis experience terror to the same degree as Palestinians? Surely, Palestinians who encounter tanks, helicopter gunships, bulldozers demolishing houses, pointed guns at check points, arrest, torture, maiming and death are far more terrorized than a typical Israeli, who only very occasionally encounters death via a suicide bomb.

Since time immemorial terror has been utilized by rulers, tyrants and despots to impose their will on a recalcitrant population. History is replete with examples of genocide, famine, mass murder, mass arrests, forced deportations, etc. perpetrated by the State and its institutions. Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans who experienced Stalinist terror from the 1920s to 1953, as well as WWII on the Eastern Front, were/are quite familiar with the realities of terror. But a typical American, Canadian or Englishman, never having experienced it, has absolutely no inkling of what terror really is.]

(g) As authors, Irwin Cotler appears in 5+0+2=7 articles and Melissa Radler appears in 0+0+7=7 articles from 1979 to 2003.

Cotler: [83] [20] [146] [77] [175] [54c] [140c]

Radler: [73c] [97c] [92c] [7c] [6c] [142c] [75c]

[Melissa Radler is the daughter of David Radler, who was the CEO of Hollinger International, controlling Conrad Black's newspaper empire, before Mr. Black and Mr. Radler were deposed and became involved in lawsuits.]


There are a great number of "subject" headings that could/should be analysed. Unfortunately, time does not permit us to do so.

The reader could do so on his/her own behalf, simply by doing a Ctrl-F search on each of the 3 Cotler files. Good luck!