Jewish billionaire who donated $30million to university slams valedictorian who spent nine minutes lecturing grads about Gaza: 'This is hate speech and lies'

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A Jewish billionaire who donated millions to nan University of Manitoba has slammed a reside made by a valedictorian arsenic being filled pinch 'hate reside and lies'.

In a missive dated Monday, Ernest Rady told assemblage officials astatine nan schoolhouse successful Winnipeg, Manitoba, that he was near wounded and appalled by nan reside made by valedictorian Gem Newman. 

Newman gave a reside past week to those graduating from nan Max Rady College of Medicine and referenced nan ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. 

The schoolhouse had been renamed successful grant of Rady's begetter aft he donated $30 cardinal successful 2016. 

Rady had attended nan University and went connected to recovered American Assets Inc, a existent property finance company, which has a marketplace worth successful excess of $2 billion.

In his missive he said: 'Newman's reside not only dishonored nan representation of my father, but besides disrespected and disparaged Jewish group arsenic a whole.'

In a missive dated Monday, Ernest Rady, seen here, told assemblage officials he was near wounded and appalled by nan reside made by valedictorian Gem Newman

Gem Newman gave a reside past week to those graduating from nan Max Rady College of Medicine and referenced nan ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict

During his speech, Newman referenced what he called Israel's 'deliberate targeting' of hospitals successful Palestine.

He besides called for an 'immediate and lasting' ceasefire successful Gaza and called connected those gathered earlier him to do nan same. 

Newman said: 'Israel's deliberate targeting of hospitals and different civilian infrastructure has lead to much than 35,000 deaths and wide famines and disease.

'I inquire that you subordinate maine successful calling for an contiguous and lasting ceasefire successful Palestine, subordinate maine successful calling for unrestricted humanitarian and aesculapian assistance successful Gaza. 

'I'm judge that immoderate of you present coming are worried that you mightiness look censure for speaking astir nan genocidal warfare that Israel is waging connected nan group of Palestine, that it could jeopardize your profession earlier it's moreover begun.

'I understand that fear. Surely, I don't person to punctual immoderate of you that defense is virtually successful our occupation description. It is ne'er excessively precocious to subordinate nan correct broadside of history.'

CBC reported that a video of his reside had been shared onto nan University of Manitoba's YouTube page earlier it was removed aft Rady demanded it.

The letter, first reported by nan Winnipeg Free Press, besides deed retired astatine nan University for allowing Newman to 'spew these hateful lies to a captive audience'. 

'For failing to telephone retired Gem Newman's words for what they are, nan assemblage is nary better.'

Rady called connected them to 'acknowledge they were not only inaccurate, but flat-out lies, that they were hurtful to nan university's Jewish students and each group of nan Jewish faith, and that nan remarks do not person a spot successful immoderate mounting astatine nan university.'

A video of his reside had been shared onto nan University of Manitoba's YouTube page earlier it was removed

Rady added: 'When I make a gift to an institution, I do it because I judge successful that institution and I spot its governing assemblage to do important, significant, and bully activity pinch that money.

'But successful this instance, by remaining silent, I would beryllium complicit. Those words are not governmental opinion. They are dislike reside and they are lies.

'They espouse nan aforesaid age-old prejudices astir Jewish omnipotence and thirst for domination that person been utilized for hundreds of years to warrant nan atrocities committed against this belief group.'

'Having grounded to vet nan valedictorian's reside successful advance, I request that nan University of Manitoba measurement up and yet do nan correct thing. 

'Take down nan convocation video and do not repost it unless nan valedictorian's full reside is removed. 

Acknowledge that they were not only inaccurate, but flat-out lies, that they were hurtful to nan University's Jewish students and each group of nan Jewish faith, and that nan remarks do not person a spot successful immoderate mounting astatine nan University.

During his speech, Newman, seen here, referenced what he called Israel's 'deliberate targeting' of hospitals successful Palestine

'Advocating for nan protection of 1 group of people, while successful nan aforesaid activity calling for nan demolition and elimination of different is not advocacy. It is hate.' 

The time aft nan letter, Dr Peter Nickerson, Dean of nan Max Rady College, said successful a statement: 'I person heard from individuals who were coming yesterday and who were disappointed and alarmed by nan governmental connection successful nan valedictorian's address. 

'I stock these concerns. I, too, americium disappointed that nan reside was delivered successful a measurement that didn't correspond each students and that was disrespectful to immoderate assemblage members who were location to observe and beryllium celebrated. 

'This isn't nan intent of a valedictorian reside and nan reside should person amended reflected shared experiences, successes and a committedness to service each communities.

'The valedictorian was expressing his ain views, and this was not a connection vetted aliases endorsed successful immoderate measurement by nan College.'

In a connection shared connected his societal media, Newman said: 'In my valedictory address, I was captious of a nationalist authorities that is presently engaged successful its run of corporate reward of nan Palestinian people, resulting successful nan deaths of tens of thousands of civilians. 

'It is frankly unthinkable to maine that advocating for a cessation of hostilities is seen arsenic not only controversial, but someway hateful. 

'I person been and will proceed to beryllium vocally captious of nan authorities of Israel's horrifying and disproportionate consequence to nan atrocious calamity of October 7th. 

'But disapproval of nan actions of nan Israeli authorities does not successful and of itself represent antisemitism. 

The school, pictured here, had been renamed successful grant of Rady's begetter aft he donated $30 cardinal successful 2016

'That accusation (which has been levelled not only astatine maine but astatine countless others) is not only unserious, but it besides serves to trivialize nan regrettably very existent instances of antisemitism that do occur.'

He added: 'Since my valedictory address, I person received hundreds of messages from doctors, aesculapian students, and members of nan nationalist thanking maine for my words. 

'I person besides received much than my stock of harassment and threats. But astatine nan extremity of nan day, I still get to hug my kids, thing that truthful galore parents successful Gaza will ne'er get to do again.'

Newman obtained his PhD from nan assemblage while besides having a BSc successful Computer Science. 

He besides produces a podcast based astir promoting secular humanism and technological skepticism. 


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