Community Intelligence Brief: December 28, 2022

December 28, 2022

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Why Stretching the Definition of the Holocaust Is Wrong

Yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen published a rebuttal by FSWC's Dan Panneton and Elena Kingsbury to a shameful opinion piece published in the newspaper last week, titled "Ottawa’s National Holocaust Monument must include Ukrainians," which promoted Holocaust distortion and disinformation. "At a time when antisemitism and the distortion and even outright denial of the Holocaust are on the rise, this argument distorts the history of the genocide and the definition of the Holocaust," Panneton and Kingsbury write. "Such co-option of Jewish suffering cannot go unchallenged."

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Google Fixes Leading Definition of 'Jew' After Search Engine Results Showed Offensive Slur

Google apologized and said it has fixed the search results for the word "Jew" after an offensive definition of the word, which cited Oxford Languages as a source and characterized the term as a verb, was appearing as the top result.

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The 18 Biggest Jewish Stories of 2022

"Antisemites came out of the shadows this year — as did Jewish heroes." From antisemitism to political upheaval to the Jewish heroes, the Forward has published its list of the 18 top Jewish stories of the year.

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Support the Work of FSWC

Time is running out! If you haven't already, please consider making a year-end donation to support the important work of FSWC. Your generous gift will help support FSWC's efforts over the coming year to combat antisemitism and all forms of hate through education and advocacy. Donations made by December 31 will receive a 2022 charitable tax receipt.

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Jewish Family Doctor Receives Letter Containing Antisemitic Death Threat

Brighton, Ontario-based family doctor Dr. Michelle Cohen was recently the recipient of a letter that referenced an antisemitic conspiracy theory coupled with a death threat. This comes as an Ottawa doctor continues to receive vile antisemitic messages and threats over email.

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Michael Marrus, Noted Historian and Scholar of the Holocaust, Dead at 81

Michael Marrus authored eight books on Jewish history, was the first person to hold the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto, and was a member of the Order of Canada. He died on December 23 at the age of 81, leaving behind his wife, three children and three grandchildren.

May his memory be a blessing.

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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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