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After the Israeli Canadian Council answered an emergency call, an antisemetic mob backed off an elderly Russian-Israeli couple, and dozens of Winnipeg Jews and their supporters came from across the city to enjoy Roza’s hotdogs and burgers. (Photo: Ron East)

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With onerous pandemic lockdown restrictions cramping the enjoyment of daily life in Winnipeg, a long-overdue sunny Victoria Day had all the makings of a successful day to sell hot dogs and cold drinks in a popular city park facing the main artery, Portage Avenue.

But shortly after Roza’s Hot Dogs Burgers and More set up their station at Overdale and Portage in Assiniboine Park, the skies around them turned threatening. A competing food vendor arrived and declared it was “their” spot, purportedly so designated by city officials, yelled at Roza to leave, and called in reinforcements who hurled racist antisemitic threats.

As bad as being called “Dirty Jews”, “Ben Zonah”, and the other insults were, the most disturbing comment made was, “Where’s your son?”  

The parents believe that proves the motive behind why they were targeted: it was a direct result of a fake news campaign promoted by CBC accusing their son Alberto of striking a Palestinian woman, stemming from a May 15 pro-Israel rally that was disrupted by Palestinians.

In the course of a flag-stealing foray by a pro-Hamas mob that day, Roza’s son was in fact seen on video coming over from operating their hot dog cart that afternoon, to come to the aid of a 16 year old boy being assaulted by a male. Enhanced video proves the alleged female victim was nowhere near the right hand blow from Alberto and was already entangled in a separate altercation. 

But facts mattered not to those focusing hate and anger towards a Russian-Israeli immigrant couple pushing 70 years of age.

So for Roza and her husband, what should have been a serene holiday Monday was upended.

After being called names, threatened, having a knife produced in front of them, being asked where their son was, and receiving no help from a Winnipeg bylaw officer, they were forced to move from the prime corner spot.

Enter the Israeli Canadian Council just before noon. An online appeal for solidarity was responded to throughout the afternoon by over a hundred community supporters from across the city, to stand beside Roza and sample some burgers, hotdogs and pop. 

ICC founder Ron East got a frantic call from Alberto as the drama was underway. East sent an alert over Facebook as he hurried from the breakfast table to drive to the scene:

“Harassing chants and insults were hurled at the Jewish family and threats of violence were heard.

This is a spillover from last Saturday’s assaults on pro-Israel supporters and reminds us how vulnerable we are as a community.

A bystander who witnessed the verbal assault called police.

If you are in the area please stop by their hotdog cart and show support.

Am Israel Chai!”

When he arrived, police were already in attendance. East began the task of risk assessment and conflict resolution. He was already aware that earlier in the week, there was a dispute at the commissary when the Palestinian operation demanded the Israeli cart be barred over the assault allegation. A peace deal of sorts was arranged by the commissary, thus, with the tactic to keep Roza’s out of stock and off the street a failure, the tactic shifted to an old fashioned on-the-ground harassment campaign.

As Roza told Ron East in a Facebook live broadcast: “They came to me, I’m 69 year old woman. What am I to do, we come 9 o’clock in morning, we stay by law, they come tell me go out from this place.”

Inquiries by TheJ.ca online and with a city council member did not uncover any lottery or formal assignment of space for food vendors on the north side of the park facing Portage Avenue, by either the City of Winnipeg or by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. East learned the stance of the bylaw officer that the spot was “theirs” suddenly changed to , well, not really “theirs” just “grandfathered” for the Palestinians because they had been showing up there for a couple of years. 

Roza referred to the Sargent Sundae location on the north side of Portage having cameras to prove her story. Their security guard called Winnipeg police and came across the street to ensure her safety when he saw thugs lurking. She also referenced the bylaw officer who made her move the cart: “I feel right now if not I lose my licence, I feel he discriminated against me because I’m Jew, Jewish.”

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East recognized there was immediate risk to Roza’s family because a link between the inflammatory Fake News report put out by CBC and Ramsey Zeid, leader of the pro-Palestinian Nakba 73 rally. He had tried to doxx Alberto Man and target him:

WARNING!!! WOMEN BEATER!!! DOES ANYONE KNOW THIS GUY???? BE CAREFUL AROUND HIM! PLEASE SHARE AND WARN EVERYONE!!!

On Saturday I attended what I thought was going to be a pro Palestine demonstration. When we arrived, there was isreali demonstration also. The man in the picture is a Zionist isreali and is a women beater. He owns Alberto’s magic hotdog cart. He punched a 20 year old Palestinian Women as hard as he could right in the face while Winnipeg Police Service service watched.”

TheJ.ca contacted Ramsey Zeid, who on Monday afternoon declined an offer for an interview to address the Jewish community, many of whom are customers in his family supermarket chain.

A Winnipeg pro-Palestinian organizer used inflammatory language on Facebook like “Woman beater”, “Warn everyone”, and “he punched a 20 year old Palestinian women as hard as he could right in the face” about an innocent Israeli hot dog cart operator. “This is a classic case of racism, Israeli beats up and robs Palestinian woman…”. On Monday, thugs went right to the cart asking his elderly parents where he was.

East spoke with police, bylaw officer and spoke on a personal level with the Palestinian representatives which resulted in a de-escalation of tensions. Bridges for Peace, a pro-Israel Christian group, dropped what they were doing and came to show support and filed a live video report. Barbequed meat and cold drinks were served on a continuing basis until 6 PM as the grassroots responded, continuing the momentum from the 200+ Car Rally For Israel put on by ICC last Thursday May 20.

As usual, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg issued a self-serving statement hours after the incident, without ever showing up at the scene to help deal with antisemites, police, or the victims.

Antisemitic acts such as these have no place in our community and we take this matter very seriously. Jewish Federation of Winnipeg CEO, Elaine Goldstine, was in touch with family members and although they are disturbed by what took place, they are undeterred.” 

This was barely an improvement over their handling of the antisemitic violence and flag burnings on May 15, which Federation pointedly has not yet denounced or even acknowledged.

“Nobody from the Federation was there,“ said Alberto Man in response to their Facebook post. “It was thanks to Ron East and his post on Facebook and thanks to our amazing people of our amazing community (the people)… thank you all again.”

As result of this and previous antisemitic incidents in Winnipeg and the complete dereliction of duty by Federation to safeguard the community, ICC has introduced Shomrim Rapid Response. It is a community security service available 24hrs a day to respond to antisemitic incidents in our city.

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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