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Chanting antisemitic and pro-Hamas slurs in view of the Manitoba Legislature, Palestinian supporters in Winnipeg swiped two flags from the Israeli Canadian Council and burned them on the street in front of police. (Photo: Ron East)

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Palestinian activists planned a car rally in Winnipeg at the provincial legislature grounds for Saturday to commemorate the antisemitic ‘Nakba 73’ observance. But when they saw a gathering organized by the Israeli Canadian Council across the 8 lanes of Broadway, plans changed and the cars stayed parked.

Instead they crossed the street and pro-Israel demonstrators this afternoon were hit by rocks, water bottles, punches and kicks with police struggling to keep the peace. Officers watched idly when 2 Israeli flags were stolen and burnt in the middle of the street on Broadway.

The first assault occurred around 12.15 pm  before the scheduled start times of the two events, during the set up stage when hardly anyone had arrived on either side.

Jewish man surrounded in Winnipeg by Palestinian protestors

Winnipeg Sun video showed about a group of a dozen Palestinian protestors jaw with ICC founder Ron East, who had cooperated with police earlier to secure spot on the northwest corner of the intersection that leads into the front driveway of the provincial parliament. It was deliberately chosen to ensure a substantial distance between the sides. However, concepts of personal space and social distancing were not on the minds of the interlopers, who were carrying Palestinian flags and signs. East, on a loudspeaker, quickly called for police to come over.

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The video shows a man in a red jumpsuit circled around and suddenly stepped forward, spitting on an Israeli flag in the distribution pile, and wiping his feet on it. A shocked East came into the scene immediately.

Israeli flag spit on

East pushed the man off the flag and in a stand-off, the man started taunting East, a Jew of Mizrachi descent, by calling him a “n*gger” and asking “what are you going do about it n*gger”.  The man threw an unexpected punch at East and connected with his face, knocking his mask and glasses askew.

Jewish man punched by violent Palestinian protester

Some bystanders were urging calm as the assailant stood behind three other Palestinian allies, taunting East, as police began to arrive.

Winnipeg police step in

East, who is publisher of TheJ.ca, said, “Desecrating the flag of the Jewish homeland is a red line that should not and will not be crossed. To be called the N-word by man of colour, and punched for my stance is support of the Jewish homeland was surreal. I have in-laws and nephews who are black and this insult was an insult to my entire family,” he said, adding ‘being called the N-word hurt more than being punched.”

Police order Palestinian protesters to return to the other side

Winnipeg police stepped in between the sides, and East pointed at the assailant as police pointed to the direction of the south side of the street as they ordered the Palestinian contingent to return to the other side. However, that was only a temporary solution.

Within about 15 minutes as more numbers gathered, the car ralliers instead took up the opposite side of Memorial Boulevard to the east of the ICC, with an initial number of about 120 participants. Police shut down the traffic lanes on Broadway as the pro-Palestinian crowd grew to the hundreds, and tempers flared for the fifty Israel supporters as the chanting in English and Arabic got more threatening.

Chants for the bombing of Tel Aviv by Hamas, ‘Khyber’ (a legendary slaughter of Jews by Muhammad), and the destruction of the state of Israel were heard, as well as threats of bodily harm were made to individuals and the Jewish community at large. A reference to Tuxedo – a riding with a major Jewish voting base held by Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson – was claimed to be heard by some in attendance.

Soon a few agitators came from behind the pro-Israel group of about 50 off of Osborne St. N and began throwing rocks. A family attending the rally had to alert the police and be led to safety. By mid-afternoon the anti-Israel protest had swelled to approx. 800 people, challenging the ability of the police to keep them under control. Soon, water bottles and spent smokebombs were being hurled across the police line at the Zionists.

Grassroots Zionists did not back down when confronted by hundreds of ‘Nakba 73’ car rally supporters in Winnipeg. (Photo: TheJ.ca)

When the ICC group dispersed around 3 pm, the car rally commenced a long drive through the northern suburbs and back to the Legislature. Residents report vehicles flying Palestinian flags and yelling antisemitic and offensive statements driving up and down Main Street. A Christian couple provided the following experience:

“Thought you should know that when we drove home down Main Street, there was a cavalcade of cars and trucks with Palestinian flags flying and horns honking. When I waved my Israeli flag out the window, I was sworn at and one guy got out his truck, jumped the boulevard, and came to our car and tried to grab the flag out of my hand. (My husband) warned me in time, and I was able to get it back from him. We continued on and he tried to do the same thing again! And again, he failed, calling me a “fucking bitch”! These people definitely showed their true colours today.”

Richard Weiss, Israeli Canadian Council chief field agent in Western Canada, said he expects a statement about what has occurred will be issued on Sunday.

“I’ve lived in Winnipeg my whole life, and I’ve never been fearful for my life as a Jew in this city before today,” he said. “I want to thank the police officers who were there today from the bottom of my heart for doing what they did to save our lives. If not for them, I would be in the hospital or dead.”

See the desecration of the flag of Israel and the assault in the video below:

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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