Community Intelligence Brief: December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021

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Mireille Knoll

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Alberta Education

University of Toronto Student Union Slammed for Barring Pro-Israel Kosher Food Providers, Cutting Proposed Protections for Jews

Canadian Jewish groups demanded “concrete action” from the University of Toronto administration after a student union resolution called for sourcing kosher food from providers that do not support Israel, while a second motion was stripped language proposed to protect Jewish students.

Michael Levitt, President and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the odious motion a "brazen escalation of the long-standing problem of discrimination being faced by Jewish students and faculty members.”

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Swastika graffiti in Ottawa

Canada’s Largest Union Rejects Resolution to Endorse BDS Movement

The largest trade union in Canada, CUPE, rejected a BDS resolution at its national convention last week. A total of 68 per cent voted against the motion while 32 per cent voted in support of the BDS campaign.

"We applaud CUPE members who took a stand against antisemitism by voting against a hateful and discriminatory BDS motion at the CUPE National Convention," FSWC stated on Twitter. "BDS does nothing to advance peace, only promotes conflict and division."

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Emil Farkas

PM Announces Reappointment of Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the reappointment of the Honourable Irwin Cotler as Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism on Monday. FSWC congratulates Irwin Cotler on this incredibly important role as we work collectively to combat virulent antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

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Emil Farkas

Holocaust Survivors Mark Hanukkah at Western Wall in Jerusalem

Several dozen Holocaust survivors marked the third night of Hanukkah on Tuesday with a menorah-lighting ceremony at Jerusalem's Western Wall that paid tribute to them and the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

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Antisemitic demonstration in Poland

Black Eyed Peas Frontman Rejects Calls to Boycott Israel

The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am said Monday that politics do not dictate his actions and that personal and business ties keep him performing and investing in Israel. The Grammy-winning group performed a concert in Jerusalem on Monday evening.

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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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