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Ontario legislator sends cease-and-desist letter to Premier Doug Ford

TORONTO — A New Democrat legislator has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford over comments made about her statement on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Sarah Jama alleges Ford defamed her when he said she has a “well-documented history of antisemitism” and supports the “rape and murder of innocent Jewish people.”

The premier made the comments in a two-paragraph written statement that provided no specific details supporting the allegations he made against Jama. 

Ford’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jama’s cease-and-desist letter comes as the Progressive Conservatives are debating a motion in the legislature that could lead to her being silenced from speaking in the House unless she apologizes again for her statement on the attack on Israel.

Jama has come under fire for the post she made last week decrying the “occupation” of Palestine without mentioning the attack by Hamas militants on Israeli civilians earlier this month. She later posted an apology online but did not retract the original statement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2023.

The Canadian Press