Community Intelligence Brief: August 4, 2021

August 4, 2021

Intelligence Brief

FSWC Once Again Urges Canada to Suspend Funding to UNRWA After Report Reveals Dozens of Agency Employees Promote Antisemitism and Violence

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is once again calling on Canada to suspend its funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and hold the agency to account after a report published yesterday revealed that more than 100 of its educators and staff have publicly promoted antisemitism and violence on social media, and that on numerous occasions the agency has failed to dismiss teachers who incited such hate.

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‘Absolutely Reprehensible’: UBC Student Victim of Antisemitic Attack in Residence

On July 22, the mezuzah of a University of British Columbia student in residence was removed and vandalized by three individuals, an incident UBC Housing called "absolutely reprehensible" in an email to those living in residence. FSWC denounces this despicable act of antisemitism and is pleased that both the university and RCMP are taking this incident seriously and investigating.

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Antisemitic Social Posts 'Not Taken Down' in 80% of Cases

Research by the Center for Countering Digital Hatred revealed that major social media platforms fail to take down more than 80% of antisemitic posts. The Center had reported more than 700 posts containing "anti-Jewish hatred" - including Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories - to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube, but fewer than one in six were acted on.

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German Court Sets Trial Date for Former Nazi Guard, Aged 100

The trial for a 100-year-old man, who is charged with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as a Nazi SS guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, is set to begin in early October. Authorities say that despite his advanced age, the suspect is considered fit enough to stand trial.

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Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt Nominated as US Antisemitism Envoy

The White House on Friday announced its appointment of Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt to serve as US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, drawing praise from Jewish groups across the political spectrum.

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Artem Dolgopyat Wins Gymnastics Gold for Israel, Its Second Ever in an Olympics

Israeli men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat took home the Olympic gold medal in floor exercise Sunday, giving Israel its second-ever gold in any Olympic event.

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In First, Israel and UAE Exchange Organ Transplants

A three-way organ swap took place this week between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, in which family members of three people requiring a transplant donated their kidneys in exchange for kidneys for ailing loved ones. It was the first time an organ exchange has taken place between the two countries.

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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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