Community Intelligence Brief: January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

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Swastika graffiti in Ottawa

Ontario Court Awards $107M to Families of Flight PS752 Victims

Ontario's Superior Court of Justice has awarded $107 million to the families of six people who died on Flight PS752, which was shot down by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps almost two years ago, killing all 176 people on board, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. The decision was issued after Justice Edward Belobaba ruled in May that the destruction of the commercial plane shortly after takeoff in Tehran was an intentional act of terrorism.

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Swastika graffiti in Ottawa

Federal Antisemitism Envoy Cotler Says Quebec's Secularism Law Is Discriminatory

Irwin Cotler, Canada's Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, calls Quebec's law banning public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols "discriminatory" and says it authorizes state interference in religion.

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Emil Farkas

Israel Advancing UN General Assembly Resolution Aimed at Combating Holocaust Denial

Israel will bring a resolution aimed at combating Holocaust denial for a vote before the United Nations General Assembly later this month, Ambassador Gilad Erdan announced on Wednesday. The resolution will provide a specific classification for Holocaust denial, using the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition; provide actions expected of signatory countries in order to address the phenomenon; and demand social media networks remove posts that fall under the IHRA definition.

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Antisemitic demonstration in Poland

Chilean Diplomat Who Saved Over 1,200 During the Holocaust Honoured

A group of diplomats and local Jewish leaders honoured Samuel del Campo, the late Chilean diplomat who saved over 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by issuing Chilean and Polish passports while he was stationed in Romania during the Second World War. A ceremony took place last month at the Great Synagogue in Bucharest, attended by the Chilean, Polish and Israeli ambassadors to Romania.

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A Film Captures Jewish Life in a Polish Town Before the Nazis Arrived

A home movie titled “Our Trip to Holland, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, France and England, 1938,” made by David Kurtz and found by his grandson decades later, features three minutes of footage of a vibrant Jewish community in a Polish town just before the Holocaust. Dutch filmmaker Bianca Stigter has used the footage to create “Three Minutes: A Lengthening,” a 70-minute feature film that helps to further define what and who were lost.

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Antisemitic demonstration in Poland

Spain and Portugal Have Naturalized More Than 90,000 Descendants of Sephardic Jews Since 2015

At least 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews have become citizens of Portugal or Spain since 2015, when those countries passed laws offering a naturalization process for such applicants. The laws were meant to atone for the Inquisition, a campaign of religious persecution unleashed at the end of the 15th century on the hundreds of thousands of Jews who had inhabited the Iberian Peninsula and flourished there.

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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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