Community Intelligence Brief: January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Intelligence Brief

The Holocaust Robbed the World of the Legacies of Generations of Lost Families

As people around the world look to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, we are reminded of the loss of possibility those lives represented, including the lives they could have lived and contributions to society they could have made, FSWC president and CEO Michael Levitt writes in his latest column in the Toronto Star.

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Let Us Rise To The Occasion

In a special message shared this morning prior to the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean, stated that "inaugurating a President of the United States is a sacred moment for all Americans whatever their affiliation."

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Australia Said Probing UNRWA Over Textbooks Glorifying Terror Against Israel

Australia is reportedly investigating after a report revealed educational materials produced by UNRWA and distributed to Palestinian children contained incitement to violence and hatred.

FSWC has called on the Canadian government, through conversations with the Minister of International Development's office and several MPs, to freeze all payments to UNRWA.

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US: China 'Committed Genocide Against Uighurs'

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared yesterday that China has committed genocide in its repression of the Uighurs, a finding that President Joe Biden's Secretary of State nominee has said he agrees with.

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Deportation Hearing for Former Nazi Death Squad Member Scheduled for February

The deportation hearing for former Nazi death squad member Helmut Oberlander is scheduled for next month. Most recently, Oberlander's appeal to remain in Canada was rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, bringing him one step closer to deportation.

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'It Looked Planned, Premeditated': Hate Crime Spree Saw Racist and Antisemitic Imagery Displayed Across Burlington

Two men charged in 2019 with wilfully promoting hate - after antisemitic messages and flyers were found in Burlington - were recently convicted and received a six-month conditional sentence and two years probation.

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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

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