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A rabble-rousing Palestinian activist punched Israeli Canadian Council founder Ron East on May 15 after being stopped from soiling flags of Israel. No charges have been laid as of press time. (Screencap: Winnipeg Sun)

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Across the world in the last week Jews found themselves targeted by genocidal chants and physical assaults, had their heads cracked open, discovered police were unable to control the mobs, and got warnings before Shavuot not to go out in public. Oh, and the media largely downplayed the existential threat to Jewish safety. When have we lived through this before?

(A modern twist was reported by CIJA: “Many incidents of Jewish youth being bullied and tormented at school on social media.”)

Israel Advocacy Movement tweeted “Today Islamic extremists chanted death to Jews throughout Europe’s capital cities. Not one news agency reported this!”

Another woman explained the atmosphere in London via Twitter.

“@BarbaraRich_law     

I am a British Jew. My mother was a Holocaust survivor who left Prague as a teenager, and my father’s grandfather left Russia to escape the pogroms of Tsar Alexander III.

I’ve lived in London since infancy. I’ve never felt the proximity of ancient hatred here so strongly as today. I’m not religious and I like living in a secular and plural society, where I have been highly educated and free to practise a profession. So did many of the assimilated Jews of the Third Reich.

I tweet not to seek personal sympathy, but to open people’s eyes to what is happening. Thank you to the many people who have responded to and engaged with these tweets. I’m sure the majority of people feel revulsion at these threats and this intimidation and hatred, and a determination not to let it flourish any further.”

As for the USA, one of many examples: In Los Angeles, Iranian Jews were prominent in standing against Hamas and puppetmaster Iran at a pro-Israel rally and on Tuesday, some found themselves on the receiving end of the mobs’ wrath after the “Resistance Until Liberation” rally. The Iranian – American Jewish Federation of Los Angeles issued a statement on a restaurant attack on three men that “saw a group of approx. 30 people in cars draped with Palestinian flags driving through the heavily Jewish neighborhood of West Hollywood with megaphones, shouting anti-Israel and anti-Jewish slogans demanding to know ‘who is Jewish’?”. The organization demanded the FBI investigate the attacks as being clearly motivated by antisemitism, as defined under the IHRA.

Certainly in my city, and I believe across the land, the events of the last week were a necessary although painful process in exposing the Islamization of Canada.

In Winnipeg, Israeli flags were stolen and burned after a mob crossed the street from a pro-Palestinian car rally outside the Legislature and attacked the small Zionist crowd wearing covid masks and standing in the exact location assigned by police.

Israeli Canadian council founder Ron East, publisher of TheJ.ca, organized the rally. Afterwards he learned from an Israeli there who is fluent in Arabic about “some of the chants directed at us. Aside from calling for the ‘rape of our women’ and ‘stabbing of Jews in Tuxedo’ … they also chanted ‘When we are done with Europe, Canada is next.”

“My worry isn’t Israel’s survival,” wrote East online. “It’s our survival here.”

There has been no condemnation of the street-level display of antisemitism from either Mayor Brian Bowman or Premier Brian Pallister, or even more disturbingly, from the Jewish Federation.

Has anyone told them about how close we came to a prairie pogrom? Deputy Mayor Markus Chambers, chair of the Police Board who in 2018 became the first black city council member, exclusively told TheJ.ca how close it was:

“Based on what I was able to find out is that the police presence was to preserve order by barricading themselves between rival protests. It is extremely unfortunate that someone was assaulted during this extremely emotionally charged event, however arresting someone would have likely set off the crowd resulting in more escalation than de-escalation.”

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Alberta: Police announced they were issuing over 100 traffic enforcement tickets for a Sunday pro-Palestinian rally in Calgary after the anticipated 200 vehicles ballooned to 1000 and the route was overwhelmed. Body, in-car digital cameras and traffic light cameras recorded: “Vehicles driving down the wrong side of the road, running red lights, blocking intersections for significant periods of time, drivers on their cellphones while passengers (including young children) hung from windows and sunroofs. Stunting, firing of flares and fireworks from within vehicles or in crowds, and significant noise levels late into the evening led to several complaints from residents in the area.”

CBC somehow missed all that action, but did report that “Maha Al-ghoul, one of the rally’s organizers, said the international community needs to be made aware of the escalating violence. “It’s really important that we stand here and we educate the world about what’s going on.” Apparently she didn’t mean the traffic chaos, lighting flares, kids hanging out of moving vehicles, and stunt driving.

Edmonton experienced “Non-stop rallies on 97th this weekend.” According to one observer. “Waving flags & with anti-Semitic phrases painted on vehicles. I can only imagine how intimidating this would be to Jewish Edmontonians.” Tristin Hopper reported in the National Post that an engineer and lifelong member of the Edmonton Jewish community said, “There is a very different tone this time.”  Adam Zepp posted a YouTube video about being in front of his parents’ home over the weekend when two men in a black Audi yelled “free Palestine!” and then “do you know if any Jews live here?”

British Columbia: a specialty food shop in Victoria was vandalized with a vulgar “Stop the annexation of Palestine” poster. A crowd of about 1000 marched through the streets of downtown Vancouver from the US Embassy to CBC Plaza on Sunday. However, the pro-Israel rally in Vancouver from City Hall to the Art Gallery was a resounding success with no incidents, as per our correspondent:

“In the very early part, one person walked by and yelled, but otherwise, no incidents. During the walk, there was an almost constant honking in support, by random people driving by. The Vancouver police blocked traffic along the route, and were exceptional. The vast majority of people attending were local Jews and Israelis Many Russian speaking Ashkenazim)…. as far as I know, I was the only First Nations person there. At the art gallery, there was one man wearing a keffiyeh…. I’m not sure if he was an Arab Israeli there to support Israel, or a random (but peaceful) observer. People sang the Hatikva, Oh Canada, Yerushalaim Shel Zahav, and chanted “Am Yisrael Chai”… and danced. It was a very positive and peaceful event…. and the weather was awesome (unusual for Vancouver). The only media there was French Language CBC.”

Hamas supporters streamed onto Edmonton roads and streets last weekend, with Jews forced to be on guard as a result. (Screencap: YouTube)

Montreal

On Saturday at the Palestine protest in Montreal, Quebec protesters kicked in the windows at the building that houses the Israeli consulate. They climbed up the building onto a scaffold shooting off smokebombs. That was not even the appetizer. At Dorchester Square on Sunday, a grassroots Israel Solidarity Rally drew over 1000 participants. A Facebook post described how a rally-goer “felt truly terrified for my own safety. Unfortunately the news did not accurately depict the violence that happened today in Montreal so I wanted to share my perspective and experience.”

As Megan Goldwax, daughter of a Hampstead councillor described: “Israel’s supporters were localized to Dorchester square singing and standing together notably chanting “free Gaza from Hamas” and “am Israel chai”. Meanwhile pro-Palestinian and pro hamas supporters were surrounding everyone on all sides. Despite strong police barricades, they pushed through charging at the Jews, while on the other side they climbed tall statues and threw rocks at our heads. We were completely surrounded.”

“Police tried to protect us by sending tear gas towards the violent pro-Palestine protestors to disperse them and direct us to safety, but unfortunately they kept pushing and there was nowhere to go. At that point it was no longer safe to stand in our designated square. The fear I felt when a nearby riot police officer in full gear shouted at us to run to avoid being attacked was something I’ll never forget.

“They had no choice but to send us up Metcalfe where we were met with many more pro Palestine protesters. It was there where I heard things like “death to the Jews” and “it’s too late for peace”, among many other hateful and threatening slurs. People around me were getting physically attacked. Palestine protestors were setting off fireworks in the streets, which sounded like gunshots and made me jump at every bang. They threw bottles, threw down street pylons and threatened police officers. Despite the tear gas, they didn’t stop.”

In fact, it got worse.

“At that point we were only surrounded by about 20 Jews when I heard someone yell “rocks! They’re throwing rocks!” and we had to run again. Never would I have thought I’d be running to avoid being stoned walking on st Catherine street… As we left my eyes were bloodshot and burning from the tear gas.” After she and others fleeing were hidden by a storekeeper the ordeal was over. 

“Luckily, we were not harmed but I am shaken and horrified at what I saw today and the stories I’ve read from other people at the protest. These actions don’t promote peace or help Jews or Palestinians. This is anti-semitism and it needs to stop. I’m praying for everyone here and in Israel, עם ישראל חי“

According to the Suburban, “Hundreds of pro-Palestinians had come out of four subway stops near de Maisonneuve and along St. Catherine and were attempting to make their way to Dorchester Square apparently to confront the Israel supporters who remained. Police presence increased and they were able to hold back what was now a mob by using tear gas and rushed them pushing them east along St.Catherine. But not before cars bearing Israeli flags were attacked by the protestors and in one case an Israeli flag was pulled off a car with the female driver still inside. The Suburban has a video of that incident as well as another showing two pro-Palestinians banging in the door of another car that had an Israeli flag on it.” The newspaper also reported that two men, ages 19 and 20, seen driving around Cote St. Luc were arrested and charged “for uttering threats to members of the Jewish community”

Famed author and evolutionary psychologist Gad Saad related an incident in Montreal where a Jewish teacher was pelted with rocks, and her father lied about being Jewish to avoid being slapped by a pro-Palestinian goon. (Screencap: Twitter)

Ontario and the Maritimes:

The Greater Toronto Area was the epicentre of Palestinian extremism and antisemitic assaults, with numerous rally counts lowballed by police to staunch public fears, and abusing Jews becoming a daily sport.

CanadaDocs.org reported that a poem read at a Mississauga rally organized by Palestine House on Tuesday proclaimed in Arabic:

Oh Oh Palestine/I swear by Allah that I’ll carry out [armed] operations/Against the Zionists/So I will raise the flag of freedom/In the name of Arab [City of] Al-Quds [Jerusalem]/Oh mom, give me the rifle/And give me 500 [bullets]\The Kalashnikov [AK47 rifle] is ready

  • A Rabbi tweeted “I was just taking my daughter to sick kids for an appointment, and as I walked by some guy, he said “F***ing Jews, you should’ve been gassed and burned. “
  • A woman told her Facebook group she was following a car “holding a Palestinian flag very slowly on Autumn Hill and Thornhill Woods Drive. (Every time) they saw people they pulled over and started yelling things at them and honking their horn. The only thing I heard was “Free Palestine”, but they definitely said other things I just couldn’t hear and don’t want to assume. It was noticeable that they were mainly approaching orthodox Jewish dressed individuals, along with others as well.”
  • At a Nakba 73 demonstration on Saturday night at Nathan Phillips Square police arrested a 29-year-old Toronto man was arrested for allegedly bringing a weapon to the demonstration, and a 22-year-old Thornhill man was charged with assault. Several videos on social media from the event showed several men in masks, one with a Palestinian flag on his clothing, attack an older man with  wooden sticks. Toronto Mayor John Tory sent the video of the attack to Chief James Ramer, stating “Hate, anti-Semitism and violence have no place in our city.” Ontario Premier Doug Ford also released a statement Sunday, denouncing the acts of violence and antisemitism. 
  • A supporter of TheJ.ca related a horrible attack that night on her two children, in their twenties,  “who were observing only, not participating in the Rally, not wearing anything identifiable with Israel or being Jewish.” After her son had been assaulted in view of the mounted police who apprehended the perp, “A gang formed and started chasing them … They were both pushed to the ground, sucker punched, beaten- and (my daughter) was straddled by one of these animals and smashed in the face, repeatedly.  When (my son) went to help her, four guys pushed him down. He’s under observation for a concussion.” Police related they were totally unprepared and “terrified” by the angry protesters.
  • Another GTA resident observed, “As seen in the US after Trump rallies, groups of people would look for stragglers walking home or to their cars to mob, assault & harass. In Toronto yesterday, people with #Palestine symbols went after those who had #Israel flags or signs.”

It looked like a lot more than 5000 participated in a Nakba 73 hate-fest in Toronto on Saturday, perched atop the Nathan Phillips Square arches. (Photo: Facebook)

Windsor: The Palestinian Solidarity Group drew 1000 supporters downtown waving flags, honking horns and chanting, “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free!” for Nakba Day.

Kitchener- Waterloo: “We want people that are not Palestinian to know and understand what’s happening in Palestine,” Yazan Shaheen of KW in Support of Palestine told CTV, which reported hundreds of vehicles took part. “This is the same ethnic cleansing and dispossession of Palestinian people that we’ve seen in 1948 and here we go again, 73 years later, three generations later, we are seeing it happen again.” A similar march was also held on Saturday in Guelph.

In other Ontario cities: Hamilton charged twelve of the 1000 in attendance at the pro-Palestine demonstration on Sunday for breaching the stay-at-home order, along with two of its organizers who were charged under the Reopening Ontario Act; and Ottawa saw hundreds of pro-Israel supporters gather at the Tom Brown arena calling for peace in the Middle East.

Halifax: A Nakba 73 car rally on Saturday in Halifax turned out a little bitter for some of the occupants of an estimated 200 vehicles taking part. Some received tickets for violating pandemic restrictions and are facing fines of up to $2000. A court order had been issued that was moreso aimed at anti-lockdown protestors, but police chief Dan Kinsella told Global News, “The injunction is in effect for the entire province… It was identified as an illegal gathering and the individuals that were participating were dealt with to ensure public safety.” He said there were “multiple violations under the Health Protection Act, Emergency Management as well as the Motor Vehicle Act.”

TheJ.ca will continue to keep our readers up to date on these developments, with another car rally for supporters of Israel scheduled for Winnipeg by ICC on Thursday May 20 at 6 pm. Police have worked closely with Ron East in planning to ensure the event will be safe and well protected.

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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