Demand That SPCW Remove Divisive Anti-Semite Linda Sarsour From Their Fundraising Event !

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We, the undersigned, demand that the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg remove scheduled speaker, Linda Sarsour, from their upcoming fundraising event.

SPCW’s “Sorry Not Sorry” panel featuring Sarsour is not aligned with our community values or our responsibilities to students and the community.

SPCW`s Vision Statement includes the phrase:

"A sustainable community that is caring, just and equitable."

Pro BDS panelist Linda Sarsour does not fit that vision statement!

Sarsour was photographed embracing convicted terrorist, Rasmea Odeh, who is responsible for the lethal bombing that killed to 2 Jewish students at a supermarket in Jerusalem. In 2017 Sarsour gushed that she was “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea." 

Another anti-Semite Sarsour promotes is Louis Farrakhan, who calls Jews termites and Satanic, "infecting the whole world with poison and deceit." Sarsour has been identified as someone who has "ties to Farrakhan and have openly praised him in the past."

Sarsour has also demeaned courageous Muslim women like Ayaan Hirsi Ali who have been victims of Female Genital Mutilation and have spoken out against this archaic patriarchal practice. 

SPCW Board Members should not be deceived if you are told Sarsour’s remarks will be restricted to the planned topic "working for Social Justice".

Sarsour gave the keynote address on "why advocacy is important, her path as an advocate, the spectrum of advocacy and application to the field of public health." at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Minority Health Conference on February 22. 

"However, The College Fix reports Sarsour took the time to focus more on criticizing Israel than actual health... During her speech, Sarsour pointed out that she is a supporter of the "boycott, divestment and sanctions" (BDS) movement on Israel." 

To fully understand the true nature of BDS champions like Linda Sarsour, one only needs to review the comments of former NDP candidate and current Seven Oaks School Division Assistant Superintendent Matt Henderson.

"The BDS movement is grossly unacceptable … Israel has the right to defend itself … we need to maintain trade relations with the only democracy in the Middle East … With the BDS movement, we really need to attack those people who are using it as a means for hate and a means for racism …

To make things worse, Sarsour’s appearance is scheduled for Friday night, April 26th, the beginning of Shabbat, on a Jewish Holy Day at the end of Passover.

In consideration of the startling increase of reported incidents of anti-Semitic hate speech and activity being noted by authorities ( ) and with these facts now on public record, it would be incomprehensible and irresponsible for SPCW to be a party to any activity involving Linda Sarsour.

We are therefore asking that SPCW, "as moral people", immediately revoke the divisive radical Linda Sarsour`s invitation to be a panelist in your upcoming fundraiser event.


Ron East