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Female cyclist champion allegedly dismissed from women’s event for being Jewish and serving in the IDF 30 years ago

Jewish cyclist reportedly not invited as keynote speaker at International Women’s Day event because she previously served in the Israeli military; further explanation as to why she was removed suggested that it was a possibility. fox news digital.

Leah Goldstein is a Canadian cyclist who made history by becoming the first woman to win a 3,000-mile bicycle race across the United States. She seemed like the perfect choice to be the keynote speaker for the International Women’s Day event in Ontario, Canada.

However, just five months after being asked to be a keynote speaker, I was informed that my invitation to the event had been rescinded. Over the past five months, Hamas has launched surprise attacks against Israel, slaughtering 1,200 Israelis and abducting another 250. Since the attack on October 7th, Anti-Semitism is on the rise.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Goldstein asked, “The question is… what happens to other Jewish women who want to be part of this conference? Are they going to be excluded too?”

“Another question is, if I were a Palestinian woman, would I be excluded too? And as a Jewish woman, I don’t want to see Palestinian women talk about their life experiences and their lives. I’ll add that you won’t be offended if you hear: “Just because I’m Jewish, the IDF is just an excuse.”

era of israel report A growing number of anti-Israel activists say Goldstein was not invited to the event because of his work in the IDF more than 30 years ago.

Critics have pressured Goldstein to speak out about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, but she suggested it would be “stupid” to do so.

Commenting on the situation, the women’s empowerment organization said: “At INSPIRE, our focus has been and continues to be a safe space to celebrate, share and celebrate the incredible stories of women and non-binary individuals. “It’s about creating something,” he said.

“Given the current situation and the sensitivity of the Middle East conflict, the INSPIRE Board of Directors plans to change the keynote speaker.”

Marina Rosenberg, senior vice president for international affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, said the situation surrounding Goldstein shows an alarming trend.

“Increasingly, Israeli speakers are being disinvited because of their nationality or their service in the Israel Defense Forces,” Rosenberg said.

“Let me be clear: Boycotting Israeli speakers is harmful, contrary to free speech, and ultimately counterproductive. I haven’t.”

Goldstein said he had no intention of making a political speech. Instead, she was going to “talk about the shitty things I went through, and the shitty things most women have gone through and still go through, and how I dealt with it.”

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