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ICC is Calling on Limmud Toronto to Rescind the Invitation to Lex Rofeberg to Speak at the Event.

Toronto, Ontario – The Israeli Canadian Council (ICC) is calling on Limmud Toronto to rescind the invitation to Lex Rofeberg to speak at the event. Rofeberg is an anti-Israel activist with IfNotNow (INN) who has expressed support for the violent “March of Return,” opposed the United States embassy move to Jerusalem, and promoted training Jewish camp counselors to teach about “the Occupation.”

Rofeberg has also traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest against the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and shown solidarity with INN founder, Simone Zimmerman after then-U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suspended her as his national Jewish outreach coordinator due to her online attacks on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rofeberg has expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and for activists with the anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). He also promoted anti-Israel agitator Ahed Tamimi.

The ICC points to Rofeberg’s social media posts where he has expressed support for the violent “March of Return” and criticized Israel’s response to the protests. The ICC emphasizes that the march was organized and funded by Hamas as a campaign of violent protests to spotlight the Palestinian demand to “return” to Israel, which has since been discredited as a means to eliminate Israel. The ICC also notes that most of the Gazans who died between March 30, 2018, and April 11, 2018, were identified as terror operatives, killed while rioting against IDF forces, carrying out terrorist attacks, or attempting to breach the border security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The ICC calls on Limmud Toronto to reconsider their invitation to Rofeberg and to ensure that their events do not promote anti-Israel rhetoric or support groups that seek to delegitimize the State of Israel. The ICC emphasizes that freedom of speech is important, but it should not be used to promote hate or intolerance towards Israel and the Jewish people.

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