The philanthropist behind the University of Manitoba’s largest-ever personal donation — $30 million — has denounced a speech made by a valedictorian for medicine grads and admonished the university for letting it happen.

In a letter dated Monday, Ernest Rady says he was hurt and appalled by the remarks by valedictorian Gem Newman at the May 16 convocation for students from the Max Rady College of Medicine. The school was renamed in honour of Rady’s father after the 2016 donation.

“Newman’s speech not only dishonoured the memory of my father, but also disrespected and disparaged Jewish people as a whole,” said Rady’s letter, sent to U of M president Michael Benarroch and college of medicine dean Dr. Peter Nickerson.

Approximately two minutes of Newman’s nine-minute address focused on the war in Gaza and called for a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, which began after an Oct. 7 cross-border attack on Israel led by Hamas that killed roughly 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took 250 others hostage.

In a statement emailed to CBC News on Wednesday, college dean Nickerson confirmed the video that included the speech had been taken down.

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      Well no I’m glad CBC talked about it otherwise we wouldn’t know that this guy is a rich idiot.

      CBC even allowed Newman to have a public reply to this. He kept his opinion straight.

      “It is frankly incredible to me that advocating for a cessation of hostilities is seen as not only controversial, but somehow hateful,” Newman wrote.

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        I’m not normally one of these guys but on this point I am. CBC is habitual about its one sided coverage of the genocide in Palestine. It has openly suppressed journalists reporting on the Palestinian perspective and actively reports Israeli perspective regularly.

        Fuck CBC’s lopsided and biased coverage of the genocide in Palestine. They are complicit in promoting this genocide and need to be more than called out on it.

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        To add to the other comment, CBC framed this in a very pro-Zionism way. The headline could have been “UofM valedictorian called racist for denouncing genocide”.

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        Information is good when it isn’t lopsided and framed from only the Zionist side of the equation as is easily noted in CBC coverage and suppression of pro Palestinian articles.

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        The article is shiti propaganda but there is an issue is that anybody under 40 can see right through it.

        Old boomer tricks don’t work as well anymore.

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        CBC have been pretty biased in favor of the Liberal party for sure.

        Edit: lol you guys are downvoting me, but the vocabulary and the phrasing in the article supports that the Liberal party’s narrative of being offended at the ICJ’s decision to want to issue warrants against Netanyahu and his goons. The proof is right there.