Community Intelligence Brief: December 14, 2022

December 14, 2022

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Tour for Humanity Takes Students on Journey of Learning

The Tour for Humanity bus, FSWC's educators and Grade 5 students from Richmond Hill were featured on CTV News Toronto earlier this week. We are inspired and thrilled to see the impact the bus and our workshops are making on students across Ontario and the country every single day.

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Antisemitic Graffiti Found Outside Church in Toronto’s East End

Toronto police are investigating after antisemitic graffiti was discovered outside the Toronto United Mennonite Church in Toronto on Monday night. "We see the trend upwards for acts of antisemitism... But Jews in Canada, myself included, we feel it – it’s palpable,” said FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt.

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FSWC Calls on Ottawa School Board to Address Antisemitism

FSWC has reached out and offered its educational programs to an Ottawa school after an antisemitic incident involving students sparked a police investigation, and is calling on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to address issues related to antisemitism at the school board.

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A Dark Year for Antisemitism in Canada

"We don’t need numbers to know something toxic is spreading," FSWC's Michael Levitt writes in his latest column in the Toronto Star. "Jews in Canada feel it and see it, me included. It’s palpable and deeply unsettling."

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Kanye West Named ‘Antisemite of the Year’

The watchdog group StopAntisemitism named Kanye West "Antisemite of the Year" after thousands of online votes. The organization recapped the rapper's hateful remarks in a video shared on Twitter.

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Iran Ousted from UN Women's Commission

Earlier today, Canada joined 28 other members of the UN Economic and Social Council in voting in favour of adopting a US-drafted resolution to remove Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women. FSWC applauds this important decision, which sends a strong message against the Iranian regime's violation of women's rights and its people's freedoms.

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Why Do Stanford, Harvard and NASA Still Honour a Nazi Past?

In a New York Times opinion piece, Lev Golinkin delves into the institutions that "continue to acknowledge — and sometimes even celebrate — high-profile former Nazis," including Harvard University, NASA, Stanford University and the United States Army.

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Russian, Ukrainian Mothers Strengthen Jewish Identity with Israel Tour

Momentum brought 200 Jewish mothers from Ukraine, Russia, the Baltic states and Germany for an eight-day journey to Israel this month to foster a connection to their heritage and the State of Israel. The group said this particular trip was logistically challenging, involving dozens of partner organizations in touch with women in high-risk combat zones and in areas where Zionist activity has been severely restricted.

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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 advocacy@fswc.ca.

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