Community Intelligence Brief: January 12, 2021

January 12, 2022

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Swastika graffiti in Ottawa

US House, Senate Launch Bipartisan, Bicameral Abraham Accords Caucus

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers has announced a new caucus to support the Abraham Accords to help strengthen the peace agreements by encouraging partnerships among the existing countries and expanding the agreement to include other ones that do not currently have diplomatic relations with Israel.

FSWC commends this new initiative that will help build on the success of the Abraham Accords and further advance peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

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Swastika graffiti in Ottawa

Community Update: Antisemitic Graffiti Found in Markham Removed, Reported to Police

Antisemitic graffiti found in Markham over the weekend has been removed and reported to the York Regional Police. In a statement on Twitter, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti condemned the graffiti, stating the "vile & hateful markings have no place in our community," while Minister Mary Ng, MP for Markham-Thornhill, stated that "antisemitism is unacceptable" and that she stands with the Jewish community.

FSWC thanks the City of Markham for quickly removing the hateful graffiti and the government leaders who spoke out in solidarity with the Jewish community against antisemitism.

Swastika graffiti in Ottawa

120 Artists, Industry Officials Slam Boycott of Sydney Festival Over Israeli Funding

Over 120 entertainment industry figures signed an open letter against the boycott of a major cultural festival in Sydney, Australia, that began Thursday, after 30 acts and individuals withdrew over a sponsorship deal with the Israeli embassy.

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Prince Charles Commissions Holocaust Survivor Portraits

The Prince of Wales has commissioned seven artists to paint portraits of seven Holocaust survivors, in a tribute to their passing generation. The paintings will be put on public display in Buckingham Palace to provide a reminder of "history's darkest days" and show "humanity's interconnectedness," said Prince Charles.

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Antisemitic demonstration in Poland

Italian Catholic, Jewish Leaders Condemn Use of Nazi Flag at Church Funeral

Italian Catholic and Jewish leaders on Tuesday condemned as outrageous an episode in which right-wing extremists put a flag with a swastika on a coffin outside a church after a religious funeral and gave Nazi salutes.

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Israel Donates $500K to Afghans Who Fled to Tajikistan

Israel has donated $500,000 to the United Nations for food, medical aid and other assistance for Afghan refugees in Tajikistan, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

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In Aftermath of Deadly Bronx Fire, Jewish Community Offers Food, Staples and Compassion

Orthodox Jewish groups have been mobilizing to assist residents of a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx, N.Y., after a Sunday-morning fire killed 17 people—eight of them children—in what’s being called the worst fire in New York City in more than 30 years.

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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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