Community Intelligence Brief: January 19, 2021

January 19, 2022

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Yes, the Colleyville Synagogue Attack Was 'Specifically' Targeting Jews - Analysis

The hostage-taker targetted Congregation Beth Israel "to free a woman who did not hide her hatred of Jews," writes The Jerusalem Post's Lahav Harkov, asking, "What more must it take for a crime to be viewed as 'specifically related to the Jewish community?'”

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Rabbi Threw Chair at Gunman Before He and Other Hostages Escaped Texas Synagogue: "It Was Terrifying"

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who was among four hostages held during a nearly 11-hour standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, managed to escape after throwing a chair at the gunman. He shared his terrifying experience with CBS Mornings.

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1,000-Strong Multifaith Crowd Rallies Around Jewish Community

Roughly one thousand people of various faiths and backgrounds gathered for a vigil at a church five miles north of Colleyville, Texas, on Monday evening, showing solidarity with the nearby Jewish community as it began to heal from the hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel 48 hours earlier.

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The Search for Anne Frank's Betrayer

Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan's new book Who Betrayed Anne Frank? describes the six-year investigation into how the Nazis learned about the Amsterdam annex where the Frank family hid during WWII.

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Pfizer CEO Awarded Genesis Prize for Developing Coronavirus Vaccine, Will Donate Winnings to Holocaust Education

Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, has been named the winner of the 2022 Genesis Prize, an award that “honours extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values.” The Genesis Prize comes with a $1 million prize, which Bourla is set to donate to “projects aimed at preserving the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, with a particular emphasis on the tragedy suffered by the Greek Jewish community.”

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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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