LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A professor accused of espousing anti-Semitic views is retiring from the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta.
In a brief statement, the university says Anthony Hall will be retiring in the fall and will not be teaching any classes during the 2018 academic semester.
Hall was suspended without pay in October 2016 following comments he made in online articles and videos suggesting that Israeli and U.S. Jews staged the 9/11 attacks and that the events of the Holocaust should be up for debate.
Hall, a tenured professor who has taught Native American studies, liberal education and globalization over his 26 years at the university, was reinstated last November, but officials didn't say why.
At one point the university filed a complaint against Hall with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
Michael Mostyn, CEO of B'nai Brith Canada, applauded news of Hall's departure.
"This is a monumental and precedent-setting victory for human rights in Canada," Mostyn said Wednesday in a release.
"Students should not be subjected to Hall's brand of hatred and xenophobia, which clearly have no place in an academic setting." (Lethbridge News Now, The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press