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Explaining Modern Antisemitism to Winnipeg Mayoral Candidates and The Media  

Questions sent to politicians, answers are awaited

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On April 26, 2019, dedicated grassroots Zionists in Winnipeg defiantly gathered to protest a far-left coalition giving a platform to radical American BDS champion Linda Sarsour. The protester’s signs were clear: “Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism”. Somehow in 2022, this concept was news to most Winnipeg mayoral candidates and to the media covering the civic election. (Photo: Marty Gold) 

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Sometimes, the way we anticipate the direction of our current affairs coverage doesn’t go the way we expected.

After seeing the reaction to the Jewish Federation mayoral forum and reviewing the answers that the Winnipeg Free Press received for their “faith” page, it was obvious that some serious issues had to be put on the table, and in a way that gets attention. 

At the outset, and before anyone listens to my podcast linked to below, as of press time we were still waiting for answers for the podcast from two of the candidates.

One, a political rookie named Shaun Loney, participated in the Federation forum, and we wanted to allow him an opportunity to respond to concerns about left-wing antisemitism that is disguised as anti-Israel activism.  A social activist heavily invested in homelessness issues, Shaun has not had much to do with the Jewish community before. When we get his response, it will be published.

The other candidate was not invited to the forum. Former provincial Liberal leader Rana Bokhari is trying her hand at civic politics, and when I happened to finally meet her in person last week, I offered to send her the Federation forum questions (and one of our own). When she provides her reply, we will let voters know what Rana had to say.

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At the Mayoral forum on October 3rd, only one candidate specifically named the threat posed to Jewish safety in the diaspora from the far-left. As the column by our publisher Ron East explained, “Only Jenny Motkaluk denounced BDS and left-wing antisemitism.”

At a campaign event earlier that same day, she had spoken of her opposition to woke culture, which had intimidated our downtown national historic site The Forks into canceling the July 1 Canada Day celebrations. She was asked at the forum that evening, “As mayor how would you best combat the rise of antisemitic incidents in Winnipeg?” Jenny, who grew up across the street from the Rosh Pina synagogue in Winnipeg’s North End, replied:

“Effective policing is a very important element of public safety for everybody, including the Jewish members of Winnipeg’s community. But my greater concern is that some of the antisemitic tendencies and some of the antisemitic narrative that we’re hearing is given rise to, through things like equity policies and critical race theory (CRT) – and I reject those things because they are nothing more than a disguise for discrimination.”

She added, “We need to make sure that our city administration is not infected with critical race theory or other equity policies.”

As a result of holding and expressing traditional values to the media and the Jewish community – that she would stand against antisemitism – the woke mob descended on Jenny Motkaluk again. But this time, many showed their unhinged ‘progressive’ anti-Israel politics. They couldn’t wait to denounce her for exposing the Jew-hating undercurrents of their Marxist beliefs. On the other hand were woke mobbers accusing her of being antisemitic (!) for saying to the Jews of Winnipeg they have a reason to fear their BDS and equity agendas taking root in our city.

And local media simply had no clue how to report on a subject that so contradicts their world view.

In my opinion, this combination was going to increase antisemitism in Winnipeg since there was no pushback from the Jewish Federation or any other organization on behalf of someone defending our community. No surprise, since they never defend grassroots Zionists when they’re attacked either. So, I decided to combine my (secular) election podcast coverage with the issues we report on here at TheJ.ca and explain modern antisemitism to the candidates and the newsrooms.  

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Like all Jewish Federations in North America, JFW has a problem when it comes to speaking truth to power about Jew-haters because Federation officials are political creatures seeking to curry favour with governments. To talk about those things raises discomfort in the political class Federation machars aspire to belong to. Instead, they put the Jews of Winnipeg at risk with their Sha-shteel tactics. They never stand on the frontlines going face to face with Jew-haters. They didn’t even want to protest Linda Sarsour’s speech here in 2019.

As a consequence, we get forums like last week, where the actual incidents of pro-Israel Jews being threatened and beaten up on Broadway in May 2021 didn’t get mentioned in the Federation questions. That’s why the Laith Marouf scandal, where an antisemite received $133,000 in federal “anti-racism” funding approved by Heritage Canada bureaucrats, didn’t get mentioned. 

In my podcast I detail why those topics are relevant to the political leaders of Winnipeg in forming policy about antisemitism, because only Jenny Motkaluk and to a lesser extent, Kevin Klein, seemed to get what the Jews of Winnipeg, are up against. The other candidates fall short of what we needed to hear beyond “I support Israel”.

Saying “white supremacy” is a sound-bite void of meaning. The threat from Jew-hating left-wing influences seeping into our governments (ie Heritage Canada) and into our education system (Toronto and Ottawa high schools and our universities) is immense and existential. 

How many white supremacists were chanting they would ‘rape your daughters’ and ‘stab the Jews of Tuxedo’ when the Israeli Canadian Council rally for Israel Independence Day was charged at across police lines in front of the Legislature? I’ll wait for an answer.

The only candidate at the Oct. 3 Winnipeg Mayoral forum to denounce BDS and left wing antisemitism was Jenny Motkaluk. She drew a befuddled reaction from the self-proclaimed front runner, former federal Green Party leadership hopeful Glen Murray.  (Photo: John Ethan)

As you will hear me describe, this week’s edition of TheJ.ca has a number of insightful articles about some recent antisemitic incidents (online and in education) that I guide the listeners to, during my hour-long commentary.

You can listen to The Great Canadian Talk Show podcast here: Explaining Modern Antisemitism to Mayoral Candidates and the Winnipeg Media (Language warning: I got a little animated and said a few colourful words but it was warranted.)

(One additional note: In the Winnipeg Sun story linked to earlier in this column, it mentioned that a Winnipeg CPC Member of Parliament, Marty Morantz, was a donor to the mayoral quest of Coun. Scott Gillingham, who is touting a property tax and frontage fee increase totalling $42M dollars. I have asked Marty if this puts him at odds with his new leader, Pierre Poilievre, who thinks taxes are already too high and making life unaffordable for Canadians. His reply will, also, be included in the next story about the Winnipeg civic election.)

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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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.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

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.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

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