Community Intelligence Brief: August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

Intelligence Brief

A New ‘Sense of Hope’: Israel-UAE Flight Feels Like Start of a Bigger Journey

Earlier today, El Al flight LY971 marked the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates, a journey steeped in symbolism. The plane was able to cross Saudi airspace for the first time, cutting nearly four hours off the usual flight time.

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FSWC Offers Educational Program for Youths Behind Hateful Graffiti in Kitchener

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) has reached out to Waterloo Regional Police Service offering an educational program for the two young people who were caught drawing hateful slurs and symbols on two driveways in Kitchener. Police said the two youths behind the graffiti - which included swastikas and the n-word - have been identified and an investigation remains ongoing by the hate crime unit.

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The Pope, the Jews, and the Secrets in the Archives

Documents reveal the private discussions behind both Pope Pius XII’s silence about the Nazi deportation of Rome’s Jews in 1943 and the Vatican’s postwar support for the kidnapping of two Jewish boys whose parents had perished in the Holocaust.

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Austrian Government Announces Plan to Combat Antisemitism Following Assault on Jewish Leader

Austria’s government announced a “roadmap” to combat rising antisemitism in the country on Friday, with measures that will include a new department in the Chancellor’s office to confront the problem and an offer of Austrian citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled during the Nazi era.

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In First, Israeli Cyclist and Team Kick Off Tour de France

Cyclist Guy Niv and his Team Israel Start-Up Nation took off at the Tour de France on Saturday, making them the first Israeli and Israeli team to participate in the prestigious cycling competition now in its 107th edition.

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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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