Community Intelligence Brief: December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021

Intelligence Brief

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Swastika graffiti in Ottawa
FSWC Tour for Humanity Director Daniella Lurion with representatives from B'nai Brith Canada and The Neighbourhood Organization

Community Gives Back to Afghan Refugee Families

Yesterday Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, B’nai Brith Canada and The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO) came together to bring newly arrived Afghan refugee families brand-new laptops, winter hats and gloves and other essential items. It was truly heartwarming to witness the outpouring of emotion yesterday from the newcomer families who were supported by this initiative, especially the students who were so thrilled to receive their laptops, funded by generous donations from our Jewish community.

We are so grateful to everyone who supported this important initiative and building allyship between communities. Thank you to TNO and the Afghan Women's Organization for working with us over the last number of months for such an inspirational outcome.

Emil Farkas

Outrage Continues After Holocaust Imagery Used in Anti-Mandate Rally

A weekend protest against vaccine mandates in Fredericton, New Brunswick drew outrage and condemnation from local politicians and the Jewish community after some participants displayed the yellow star.

In an online post, FSWC stated it is "disturbing to still see Canadians using Holocaust imagery to protest public health measures. At no point has it ever been nor will it ever be appropriate to make such comparisons and trivialize the experiences of those who suffered and died under the Nazis."

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Emil Farkas

D.C. Third-Graders Were Made to Reenact Episodes from the Holocaust

A Washington D.C. elementary school staff member told third-graders in library class to reenact scenes from the Holocaust, directing them to dig their classmates’ mass graves and simulate shooting the victims, according to an email from the school’s principal. The instructor was placed on leave Friday, pending a school investigation.

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Alberta Education

IOC: Countries Banning Israel Can’t Hold Competitions

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee called on sports federations to be vigilant and make sure all countries can compete in their tournaments, adding that countries that fail to assure all eligible athletes will be able to compete and be treated equally would "exclude themselves from the right to host international sports events." This comes after the cancellation of the World Team Squash Championship in Malaysia over Kuala Lumpur’s refusal to allow Israeli athletes into the country.

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Antisemitic demonstration in Poland

Singapore Opens First Jewish Museum, Highlighting 200 Years of History

The Jews of Singapore Museum - located next to Asia’s second-largest and Southeast Asia’s oldest synagogue - opened earlier this month, highlighting the 200-year history of the country’s Jewish community.

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