Community Intelligence Brief: August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

Intelligence Brief

More Than 10 Election Signs in Aurora, Ont. Vandalized with Hateful Graffiti

More than 10 election signs in Aurora, Ont. were found vandalized with hateful graffiti, including swastikas and the word "Nazis," yesterday morning.

"Sickening to see yet more vandalism of candidate campaign signs," FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt wrote in an online post. " Let’s be clear, the use of the swastika is hate pure and simple and it has no place in our democracy. It demeans the memory of every single victim of the Nazis."

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Extremist Groups ‘Actively Recruiting’ Military and Police, Canadian Intelligence Report Warns

Far-right extremist groups are “actively recruiting” past and present members of the military and police, according to a declassified Canadian intelligence report obtained by Global News. The report cited 17 examples in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Germany and New Zealand.

This report confirms concerns FSWC has been raising for some time, including some military members' involvement in hate groups and recruitment by extremist groups. FSWC remains in ongoing dialogue with the Canadian Armed Forces about these concerns and strategies to address them.

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Archaeologists Unearth Nazi-Era Massacre in Poland’s ‘Death Valley’

Archaeological excavations near Chojnice, Poland have uncovered physical evidence of a massacre of Polish resistance fighters that took place in the forests of northern Poland. Victims’ jewelry, bullet casings, burnt human bones and more were recovered after a team from the Polish Academy of Sciences’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology used everything from archival documents and interviews with survivors to laser scans and excavations.

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Germany: Jewish Teen Beaten for Wearing Kippah in Cologne

An 18-year-old Jewish man in Cologne, Germany was hospitalized over the weekend after being verbally abused for wearing a kippah and then physically attacked by a group of teenagers.

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Israel Wins First Gold in Tokyo Paralympic Games

Israel’s Iyad Shalabi won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke in the S1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday, Israel’s first gold in these games and first ever for an Arab Israeli athlete.

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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 jaime@fswc.ca.

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