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Exposing The Backers Of Paid Pro-Palestinian Demonstrations

Tracing the Origins and Motivations of Funding for Anti-Israel Protests

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Unlike the sporadic and grassroots nature of previous anti-Israel protests, these post-October 7 rallies appeared well-coordinated and orchestrated, resembling the rallies organized by professional political parties. (Photo: Supplied)

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In a recent revelation by the Toronto Sun, it has come to light that anti-Israel protesters are allegedly being paid to participate in demonstrations. The suspicions arose after the tumultuous events of October 7, where a surge in pro-Hamas demonstrators, complete with professional organizers and signage, sparked concern. Unlike the sporadic and grassroots nature of previous anti-Israel protests, these post-October 7 rallies appeared well-coordinated and orchestrated, resembling the rallies organized by professional political parties.

The question naturally arises: Do these large gatherings genuinely represent a widespread sentiment against the Jewish state? The Toronto Sun suggests otherwise, proposing that paid protesters, essentially acting as mere actors, may be fueling these demonstrations, making the anti-Israel sentiment appear more widespread than it actually is.

A key revelation from the Toronto Sun’s report focuses on the “Plenty Collective,” a group based in Victoria, B.C., accused of distributing thousands of dollars to individuals and groups participating in anti-Israel rallies. The collective allegedly dispersed up to $20,000 a month for several months, prioritizing Indigenous people and people of color to project a misleading image of Israel as a homogenous, white entity opposed by a diverse coalition.

The modus operandi involved the collective’s managers showing up at anti-Israel rallies with vans stocked with professionally rendered signs, banners, and flags. The organizers, donned in uniforms, provided food and beverages to the individuals they purportedly hired for the protests.

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This alleged scam isn’t confined to Victoria; it appears to have spread across the continent. In December, pro-Israel activist Beryl Wajsman reported that Montreal police sources believed protesters in the city were also being paid. Organizers reportedly divided the city into sections, with paid ward captains quickly orchestrating noisy anti-Israel street demonstrations.

Further south, in the U.S., millionaire tech mogul Neville Roy Singham has been implicated in bankrolling multiple pro-Palestinian protests since last year. Singham’s “People’s Forum” organized several anti-Israel protests post-October 7 and, before that, spread propaganda favoring China’s communist regime. A 2023 New York Times investigation revealed Singham’s funding of Code Pink, a group associated with anti-Israel protests and alliances with Hamas and Holocaust deniers.

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Victoria-area Councillor Ian Ward, leading the charge to expose the anti-Israel efforts of the Plenty Collective and its associates, emphasizes the importance of revealing the truth behind ostensibly pro-Palestine protests. Ward alleges that these organizations are paying people to be the face of their movement, suggesting a connection with individuals and groups previously arrested at protests. He claims these entities are linked and receiving external funding, possibly from countries like Qatar, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, known supporters of Hamas.

Ward points to a group called the “Anarchist Movement of Vancouver Island,” openly fundraising for pro-Hamas activities using untraceable bitcoin as currency, as proof of potential international linkages.

While finding evidence that anti-Israel protesters are paid actors isn’t straightforward, there is a pressing need for media and government to investigate and reveal the true financiers behind these performances, particularly as antisemitism surges globally. Following the money may uncover the puppeteers orchestrating the seemingly spontaneous anti-Israel demonstrations.

Ron East is an educator, community leader and public speaker. He’s spent a decade teaching in the Jewish and public school systems and spent a significant amount of time in various leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector including Executive Director of Football Manitoba and the Manitoba chapter of CFHU. Ron has published numerous newsletters, award winning magazines and online publications and is currently the Publishing Director of TheJ.Ca.

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