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Well over 100 vehicles displayed flags, signs and spirit on May 20 as the Winnipeg media ignored yet again, the pro-Israel grassroots. (Photo: Ron East)

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There were over 100 vehicles, with an estimated several hundred people in attendance, at the Car Rally for Israel held May 20, 2021.

The parade of cars spanned several blocks as it traveled for close to an hour with a police escort from the Asper Jewish Community Campus down Wellington Crescent, along Academy Road, Stafford, Corydon, Kenaston, Grant, Shaftsbury, Corydon, Tuxedo, and back to the Asper campus.

Before the car rally began, Ron East, publisher of TheJ.ca and organizer of the event, spoke to the attendants in their cars on a loudspeaker. He stressed that this was to be a peaceful and joyful celebration to show support for and love of Israel. He repeatedly shouted “Am Israel Chai,” with participants responding in kind enthusiastically, while his children danced joyfully by him to the upbeat Israeli music playing.  

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Before announcing the start of the rally, Ron asked participants to exit their cars and stand to sing “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, an emotional moment that brought some to tears.

Hatikvah playing at The Car Rally For Israel

Before announcing the start of the rally, Ron asked participants to exit their cars and stand to sing “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, an emotional moment that brought some to tears.

This rally was in stark contrast to the violent Car Rally for Palestine that was held last week, on May 15. During that rally, aggressive pro-Palestinian protesters verbally abused Israel supporters with insults and obscenities for close to two hours.

Ron East was physically assaulted before the event even began when he responded to the pro-Palestinian protester who shoved him, after wiping his feet and spitting on the Israeli flag. During the event two more Israeli flags were burned by protesters, and other Israel supporters were hurt by full water bottles being hurled at them.

In the face of this confrontational and violent behaviour and relentless verbal assault, the Israel supporters remained calm and peaceful.

The fact that this violence was only evident on the pro-Palestinian side—requiring 60 policeman and 30 cruiser cars to keep them in check—was entirely ignored by all media reporting on this event.

Significantly, there was no media presence at the Car Rally for Israel, confirming the media bias tainting mainstream media in Winnipeg as worldwide: clearly, to their mind, it is not worth reporting a pro-Israel story. 

Penny Jones Square

Winnipeg

Editor’s note:  Other correspondents of TheJ.ca provided some additional comments and observations about the dangerous situation faced by Jews in Winnipeg – and Germany. 

From Israel, about Winnipeg Jewish Federation failure

I heard what happened to Ron.

I also wrote about the cowardice of the Winnipeg Jewish leadership who told Jews to stay away from a pro-Israel rally out of fear of violence by pro-Palestinian Jew haters.

They have shamefully forgotten the meaning and significance of Never Again!

Barry Shaw

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies

Over 4 dozen pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested in Berlin as antisemitic crimes spiked: Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “whoever takes hatred of Jews to our streets places himself outside our constitutional order. Such acts must be punished severely.” (Photo: samidoun.net)

From Germany, about their fears

It is hard for all of us in all countries. Here, in Germany, there are protest FOR Palestine almost every day. Luckily NOT in my home city, but in Berlin… 1 hour by car from here.

To be honest, many of us is concerned, because we do not feel safe anymore. Now, for example in Berlin, all demonstrations have been forbidden because of violence they caused.

Here an example from last week:

On Wednesday evening there was aggression and minor outbreaks of violence at a pro-Palestinian demonstration against the policies of Israel with around 3,000 participants in Berlin-Mitte. The police arrested 51 men and 2 women.

Personally I feel sad, we are being blamed for ALL BAD THINGS. Whole world seems to be on Palestinian side… I live in small city and have not heard about any demos against Israel or pro-Palestinian here.

This is actually lucky, not to live in a big city. But I don’t feel safe in Germany since years. I am afraid to wear any Jewish symbol in public. Once I have been verbally attacked in the S-bahn in Hamburg, because I was reading a Jewish newspaper.

Germany is not a safe place for Jews in my opinion.

Justyna Michniuk

Germany

Penny Jones Square has worked in partnership with her husband designing and making one-of-a-kind art furniture, as a writing tutor at the University of Manitoba, and as an independent editor and tutor from the log home she and her husband built in the country northeast of Winnipeg in the 1970s.

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We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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