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Linda Sarsour draws huge media attention - and a sell-out crowd

There were from 20-30 protesters who were on the opposite side of McGregor Street from the Ukrainian Labour Temple, where Sarsour was a panelist
By BERNIE BELLAN
Frankly, I didn’t really want to attend the much talked-about event planned for Friday, April 26, at which Linda Sarsour was scheduled to be a panelist.
But, with all the attention that had been focused on this alleged “antisemite” (and oh my, how that word gets tossed around so liberally these days), I felt it my duty to see whether Sarsour was going to say anything that would give credence to the accusation that she really hates Jews. (Well, maybe not Jews per se, but according to the definition that’s become popular within certain circles, if you’re anti-Israel, ipso facto, you’re an antisemite.)

BerMax affair a black mark for Jewish community

By BERNIE BELLAN

(Note: If you've already read our previous article about the BerMax incident, the following article won't contain any new information, but it should be more coherent than what we had previously - which was written more as a blog than an article.)
What began as the worst hate crime in Winnipeg history - within five days was transformed into one of the greatest hoaxes in recent memory.
It began with a police bulletin issued Friday morning, April 20 :

Third annual Mother’s Day Brunch in memory of Jerry Maslowsky May 12

The late Jerry Maslowsky
By HOLLY HARRIS
When Jerry Maslowsky (z”l), a highly-respected local business executive, supremely gifted entertainer, devoted family man, as well as all-around mensch, died unexpectedly from an aggressive form of cancer in September 2016, he left gaping shoes to fill as well as an inestimable legacy of giving back to the community he so loved and had dedicated his life to serving.  

Did the Berents stage an attack on their own restaurant? The answer is undoubtedly they did.

 

incident scene Apr. 19/incident scene Jan. 31

By  BERNIE BELLAN (Originally Posted April 21; updated Apr. 22; updated Apr. 24, updated Apr. 25; updated Apr. 25 evening; updated Apr. 26)  Posted Apr. 26: I've now realized that everything I've been saying about the Berents not having staged the attack on their own restaurant is undoubtedly wrong. It's not easy to admit that I was so wrong, but I will, and here's why:

Newly-formed Students Supporting Israel chapter holds introductory program

Students Supporting Israel at the University of Manitoba

By MYRON LOVE
Emily Kalo first encountered antisemitism on a trip to Halifax. “I didn’t know what to do or say,” recalls the Gray Academy graduate who is currently a science student  at the University of Manitoba.
Since that incident, Kalo has made it a point to learn how to counter anti-Israel  and antisemitism on campus to the point where she has become the founding president of Winnipeg’s first Students Supporting Israel (SSI) chapter.

Local writers Morley Jacobs & Harriet Zaidman to launch new books this week

Morley Jacobs/Harriet Zaidman
By MYRON LOVE

The date was September 3, 2002. Morley and Bev Jacobs were doing some painting in their new house in River Heights.
“I looked at Morley and I didn’t think he looked well,” recalls Bev, a former triage nurse. “We phoned an ambulance and he was taken to Victoria Hospital.”

Longtime broadcaster and key organizer of Y and Rady JCC sports dinner Ernie Nairn to be honoured by Rady JCC

Ernie Nairn
By BERNIE BELLAN
Anyone who followed Harvey Rosen’s writing over the years would have come to know that Harvey relied upon a great many sources when he wrote his column, but no one had ever been a greater source of information than Ernie Nairn.

Local writer Jamie Michaels releases graphic novel about 1933 Christie Pits riot

Jamie Michaels/cover of "Christie Pits"
By BERNIE BELLAN

In November 2017 we published a story about young Winnipeg writer Jamie Michaels and his second foray  into the world of graphic novels. In 2016 Jamie had found some success with his very funny - and often ribald graphic novel about  a canoe trip he and two other Winnipeg buddies had taken down the Mississippi River. The title of that book was  “Canoe Boys”.

Seven Oaks School Division cancels booking featuring controversial panelist

Linda Sarsour

By MYRON LOVE (with update by BERNIE BELLAN)
The Seven Oaks School Division has decided to cancel a booking of the Garden City Performance Arts Centre, which was scheduled to take place April 26. The booking had been made by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, which was planning on hosting a panel discussion titled  “Sorry, NOT Sorry! Unapologetically Working for Social Justice”.