Community Intelligence Brief: January 4, 2023

January 4, 2023

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SWC Releases Top 10 List of Worst Antisemitic Incidents of 2022

Last week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released its annual global antisemitism Top Ten list, with rapper Kanye West topping the list for his antisemitic comments. Other organizations and individuals on the Top Ten list include: the United Nations Human Rights Council; Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority; Violent Attacks on Jews in New York, Chicago, London and Germany; the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement, and Documenta Art.

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Lithuania Passes Law Allocating $38 Million in Restitution for Holocaust Survivors

Lithuania's parliament recently passed a law to set aside more than $38 in restitution for Holocaust survivors and their heirs. Today, only 5,000 Jews remain in the country, which saw 90% of its Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

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Pope Benedict XVI, Who Went from Hitler Youth to Advancing Catholic-Jewish Relations, Dies at 95

Jewish groups marked the recent death of Pope Benedict XVI, who took steps to advance Catholic-Jewish relations after spending a portion of his teenage years in the Hitler Youth organization.

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The UN's Vote Against Israel and Its Historic Contradictions - Analysis

"Under 'international law,' Israel is often singled out," writes Seth Frantzman, Jerusalem Post Senior Middle East Correspondent and Middle East affairs analyst.  "Considering the changing world, in which Russia has annexed Crimea and invaded Ukraine, and Turkey is illegally occupying Afrin in Syria, it is worth considering why and how Israel alone seems to be at the center of these international law disputes."

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2.67 Million Tourists Visited Israel in 2022

In 2022, 2,675,000 foreign tourists visited Israel, compared to 397,000 in 2021, as pandemic restrictions were dropped. Some 70,000 people from 95 different countries immigrated to Israel in 2022, the most olim in 23 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 advocacy@fswc.ca.

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