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Winnipeg, MB

Anti-Israel Performer At Community Yom Hazikaron Ceremony – Winnipeg, MB

Dear Mr. Gustavo Zentner – President, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg,

On behalf of the Israeli Canadian Council, we are writing to express our deep concern and disappointment regarding the inclusion of Eytan Lerner, an alt-left Israeli with a history of participating in anti-Israel events, in the Yom HaZikaron ceremony.

As an Israeli who immigrated to Winnipeg, Eytan Lerner has participated in a variety of anti-Israel protests, including the Nakba Day protests held annually in Winnipeg and around the world. Moreover, his social media accounts reveal that he has equated Israel to Nazi Germany, called Israel a fascist state, equated Israel to the Weimar Republic, and claimed that Israeli Jews see themselves as a ‘Master Race’.

This decision has caused immense hurt and pain to the local Israeli community, IDF veterans, Zionists, and those who have lost loved ones to war and terrorism. It is unacceptable that someone with a history of participating in anti-Israel events and spreading false information about Israel was given a platform to participate in a ceremony that is meant to honor the memories of fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror.

We demand an apology and accountability from the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg for the harm that this decision has caused. As a leading Jewish organization, it is your responsibility to uphold the values of the Jewish community and ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future. We urge you to take immediate action and demonstrate that the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg stands in solidarity with the Israeli community and does not condone anti-Israel sentiments or actions.

We look forward to hearing back from you on this matter.

Sincerely,

Ron East

Israeli Canadian Council