Community Intelligence Brief: December 4, 2019

December 4, 2019

Intelligence Brief

McGill University Stands Up for Jewish Student Threatened by Student Council

FSWC commends McGill University administration for standing up for a Jewish student who was recently threatened with removal from the Students’ Society of McGill University if she accepted a sponsored trip to Israel. “The decision made by the SSMU Legislative Council is contrary to the University’s values of inclusion, diversity and respect,” said Fabrice Labeau, McGill University’s Deputy Provost for Student Life and Learning, in a statement.

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Hear Appeal from Former

Nazi Interpreter

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide tomorrow whether to hear an appeal from Helmut Oberlander, a former member of a Nazi death squad, following a long legal battle that included numerous attempts by the Government of Canada to strip Oberlander of his Canadian citizenship. "No former member of a Nazi death squad should be given the opportunity to walk free and enjoy the benefits of being a Canadian citizen," FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo said in a statement to CBC News.

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Wiesenthal Centre at Historic Day for France: IHRA Definition of Antisemitism Adopted by French Parliament Lower House

Following a two-hour debate on the resolution to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, which included speakers listing names of French Jewish victims of antisemitic terror, the lower house of France's parliament passed the resolution by a vote of 154-72.

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A Second Tour for Humanity Is on Its Way!

FSWC was pleased to announce earlier this week that a second Tour for Humanity will hit the road in late 2020. A new bus means reaching more cities and towns and inspiring more students and community members than ever before to stand against hate and make a positive difference in our communities. Stay tuned as we'll continue to update community members on the progress of the new bus!

Support the Tour for Humanity

Mazal Tov, Fred Waks!


FSWC congratulates incoming chair Fred Waks on being honoured at this week's Chabad Dinner in Toronto for his charitable work. A well-deserved recognition!

FSWC Launches Feature to Report Antisemitic Incidents


FSWC has launched a "Report an Incident" feature on www.fswc.ca to allow community members to report antisemitic incidents. The feature is part of FSWC's growing list of initiatives to combat antisemitism and hate throughout Canada.

Amazon Pulls Christmas Ornaments Featuring Auschwitz from Site

Over the weekend, FSWC submitted a complaint to Amazon.ca about the ornaments, calling them “a grave and profound insult to the Jewish community and to all those who suffered under the horrors of the Nazis' genocidal regime.” As of Monday, the ornaments were no longer available on Amazon.ca.

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Swastikas Drawn on Cars in Montreal’s Plateau

FSWC condemns the drawings of swastikas found in the snow covering numerous cars in Montreal’s Plateau area, home to a large Jewish community. The swastikas were accompanied by drawings of the Star of David, in an apparent attempt to equate Judaism with Nazism.

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Poll: 67% of Jeremy Corbyn Supporters Hold at Least One Antisemitic View

According to a poll commissioned by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, 67% of British adults who strongly support UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn "hold at least one antisemitic view," while 33% hold four or more antisemitic views.

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Belgian Parade That Mocked Jews Gives Up Its UNESCO Endorsement

On Sunday, the city of Aalst - which gained notoriety after its Aalst Carnival featured an antisemitic float - announced that it wants to withdraw the carnival from UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, stating its people "have had it with the grotesque allegations."

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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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