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April 24, 2019 7:12 pm

Mayor of Winnipeg Calls on Groups to Cancel Appearance by Controversial Anti-Israel Activist Linda Sarsour

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Linda Sarsour, left, and Tamika Mallory during the Third Annual Women’s March in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Joshua Roberts.

The mayor of Winnipeg is calling on the two groups behind an upcoming “social justice” event to disinvite controversial anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, who has been accused of antisemitism.

Sarsour is scheduled to speak Friday at the event “Sorry Not Sorry: Unapologetically Working for Social Justice” held by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute.

According to Canada’s CBC, the mayor’s office issued a statement saying that Mayor Brian Bowman “does not feel it is appropriate to provide this individual a public platform to further propagate antisemitic views and hate.”

Bowman commented further on Tuesday, saying, “It’s less about the speaker than the social planning council providing that platform and the message it sends to the Jewish community and the community as a whole.”

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He pointed out that Sarsour “has continually attacked the foundation of the State of Israel’s right to exist” and plays “racialized identity politics.”

Representatives of the the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, B’nai Brith Canada, and other organizations appeared with Bowman when he spoke.

In March, The Algemeiner reported that Michael Mostyn — chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada — had issued a statement on Sarsour’s scheduled appearance, saying, “It is now incumbent upon the SPCW and CMWI to follow their own values of creating communities that are just and equitable and swiftly rescind their invitation to Sarsour.”

“Equity means that members of all identity groups could attend without being harassed or targeted,” Mostyn added. “That includes Jews.”

Sarsour, who supports the BDS movement and believes Israel should be replaced with a single Arab-majority state, has been accused of antisemitism multiple times.

Last year, Sarsour attacked Jewish liberals as “some folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”

In 2017, she made a joint public appearance with Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian terrorist involved in the killing of two college students in a 1969 bombing in Jerusalem, and said she was “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea.”

In 2015, Sarsour spoke at a rally organized by antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and has since refused to distance herself from him.

Three years earlier, she tweeted, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.” She later suggested that Zionist women could not be feminists.

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