Community Intelligence Brief: August 18, 2021

August 18, 2021

Intelligence Brief

A Message to Our Politicians: Take a Stand on Human Rights

"Defending human rights must be front and centre in the election campaign now underway," writes FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt in his latest column in the Toronto Star. "Candidates should recognize it as a unique opportunity to give voice to those who need it most — those suffering from hate, discrimination and injustice at home and abroad."

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Two Holocaust Researchers, Including Ottawa Professor, Win Libel Case on Appeal in Poland

An appeals court in Poland has rejected a lawsuit brought against two Holocaust scholars, including an Ottawa professor. The decision came six months after a lower court ordered the scholars to apologize to a woman who claimed her deceased uncle had been slandered in their book Night Without End, which suggested he helped kill Jews during the Holocaust.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center applauded the court ruling, calling it "an incredible win" for all who support Holocaust research.

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Election Signs of Jewish Candidates in Montreal Targeted with Antisemitic Graffiti

FSWC denounces two acts of hateful antisemitic vandalism on election signs in Montreal. Jewish candidates, Rachel Bendayan and Anthony Housefather shared photos yesterday of their election signs vandalized with swastikas.

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Toronto Man Charged After Antisemitic Graffiti Found on Chairs at Downsview Park

A 59-year-old man has been arrested after antisemitic graffiti was found scrawled on chairs in North York. The discovery was made on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Downsview Park. After consulting with their specialized Hate Crime Unit, Toronto police are treating this incident as a suspected hate-motivated offence.

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Unilever Moves to Block Israeli Knock-Off of Ben & Jerry's Brand

Unilever has sent a response to an Israeli NGO's attempt to seize Ben & Jerry's trademark in the West Bank, following the parent company's decision to stop selling ice cream across the Green Line.

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Jewish Humanitarian Groups Step in, or Try to, as Crises Unfold in Haiti and Afghanistan

Two major humanitarian crises are eliciting the involvement of Jewish aid organizations, although it is unclear whether much can be done from afar to support Afghans now that the Taliban has retaken their country.

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Mayim Bialik to Host 'Jeopardy!' Specials as the Game Show Reveals Post-Trebek Lineup

“Jeopardy!” is getting its first-ever Jewish host as Sony Pictures Television announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host some of the game show’s new primetime specials.

Following longtime host Alex Trebek’s death last fall, Bialik served as one of the show’s celebrity guest hosts for two weeks in June. In her new role, the star of “The Big Bang Theory” will host new spinoff series, including a college tournament next year.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

If you would like to report antisemitism or news of concern to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, please email

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