Community Intelligence Brief: December 16, 2020

December 16, 2020

Intelligence Brief

French Court Finds 14 People Guilty of Aiding Charlie Hebdo and Antisemitic Attacks

A French court on Wednesday found all 14 defendants guilty in a landmark trial for the terrorist attacks that killed 17 people - including staff members of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and people at a kosher Paris supermarket - in January 2015. The sentences handed out ranged from four years to life imprisonment.

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Reservist Should be Tossed for Racist Ties, Navy Agrees

FSWC's Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, Director of Policy, commended the Navy for its "renewed efforts to combat hate and extremism in their ranks and for the decision by Naval chain of command to pursue a release of an individual with deep and longstanding ties to neo-Nazi groups and activities."

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Polish Diplomat in Istanbul Rescued Hundreds of Jews in Holocaust — Report

According to a report published on Friday, Polish diplomat Wojciech Rychlewicz helped save hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis by issuing them false certificates that identified them as Christians. Yad Vashem is reportedly looking into the information on Rychlewicz, who has not been recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations.

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Israel Normalizes Ties with Bhutan

Over the weekend, Israel and Bhutan signed an agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations. The countries’ foreign ministries reportedly held secret talks over the past year towards the goal of forging official ties.

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Iran Executes Journalist Ruhollah Zam in Widely Condemned Move

The execution of Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during the 2017 anti-government protests, drew immediate international condemnation, with Canada stating journalists perform "essential work" and that Ottawa would hold "Iran accountable for its violations of human rights."

"Time for Canada to impose Magnitsky sanctions on the Iranian regime and those responsible for their ongoing campaign of repression and brutality against the Iranian people," said FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt in a post on social media.

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Morocco to Become First Arab Nation to Teach Jewish History, Culture in Schools

Morocco announced on Sunday that its schools will soon begin teaching Jewish history and culture as part of the official curriculum — a first in the region. This news follows last week's announcement on Israel and Morocco's decision to normalize relations.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

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