When a craft market in Saskatoon banned Zionists, these Jewish parents decided to fight back

A Saskatoon-based queer craft market, which became embroiled in controversy once its organizers declared Zionists would not be allowed, ended up getting postponed. (Images courtesy of Kinship Market/Instagram)

At the end of June, a 2SLGBTQ artist group in Saskatoon was scheduled to celebrate Pride Month with a market event called Cheers for Queers. The organizers had declared support for Palestine, and later laying down an umbrella ban on Zionists. Jews could come, they said—just not Zionist ones.

That’s when a local businesswoman recalled an interview she’d heard on The CJN Daily, in which a Montreal-based lawyer discussed ways to combat antisemitism. Then other parents joining her in a new grassroots organization to draw newfound attention to the myriad problems faced by Jews in their Prairie city since Oct. 7—including a disturbing antisemitic drawing made on the blackboard of a Saskatoon public high school classroom.

The parents join The CJN Daily to explain how they successfully got the anti-Zionist market moved—for now—how a little divine intervention worked in their favour, and what they hope to do next.

What we talked about:

  • Read the Kinship Market organization’s statement about why it opposes Zionism and Israel
  • Learn more about the Jewish community of Saskatoon expanding its community centre during the pandemic and renovating the Agudas Israel synagogue on The CJN Daily from June 2023
  • To hear the episode that inspired these women, and catch more bonus content aired exclusively for subscribers, subscribe for free to The CJN Daily (and search for the bonus episode on June 3, 2024)

Credits: 

The CJN Daily is written and hosted by Ellin Bessner (@ebessner on Twitter). Zachary Kauffman is the producer. Michael Fraiman is the executive producer. Our theme music is by Dov Beck-Levine.  We’re a member of The CJN Podcast Network. To subscribe to this podcast, please watch this video. Donate to The CJN and receive a charitable tax receipt by clicking here. Hear why The CJN is important to me.