Community Intelligence Brief: January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020

Intelligence Brief

63 Canadians killed in plane crash near Tehran

Sixty-three Canadians were among the 176 people killed after a plane en route to Kyiv crashed near Tehran minutes after taking off. Considered one of the worst aviation disasters involving Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will "work closely with its international partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated." FSWC sends thoughts and prayers to the victims of this tragedy and their families.

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Granby Man Charged with Inciting Hate, Advocating Genocide

FSWC commends police for their quick arrest of a man in Granby, Quebec accused of inciting hate online. The man was charged yesterday with inciting hate and advocating genocide after his online posts on a Russian social media site – which reportedly included statements such as “the concentration camp is the greatest Nazi innovation” and that promoted purchasing weapons to hunt minority groups – were exposed by a local professor on Sunday.

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FSWC Condemns Swastika Vandalism in Alberta

FSWC condemns the hateful act of vandalism in the small Alberta town of Athabasca that left a taxi cab covered in spray-painted swastikas. The taxi driver said this was not the first time his car had been targeted by vandals, according to news reports. FSWC has reached out to Athabasca RCMP to demand a quick and thorough investigation.

‘More than a dozen’ missiles fired at Iraq bases housing U.S. troops, Pentagon says

Iran fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops early on Wednesday, a response to the U.S. killing Iran's most powerful military commander Gen. Gassem Soleimani.

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SWC Participates in Critical No Hate, No Fear Solidarity March

A delegation led by Simon Wiesenthal Center's Eastern Director Michael Cohen and Director of Government Affairs Mark Weitzman proudly represented SWC at Sunday's No Hate, No Fear March across the Brooklyn Bridge, bringing much needed attention to the wave of antisemitic hate crimes plaguing the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.

Thousands in France protest decision to not prosecute Jewish woman’s killer

Thousands of people in several cities in France rallied this week to protest a court's ruling not to try a man who confessed to killing his Jewish neighbour in 2017, despite ruling that he killed her because she was Jewish.

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FSWC Spirit of Hope speaker John Bolton says he would testify in Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed

Former national security advisor John Bolton, who will be speaking at FSWC's upcoming Spirit of Hope Benefit, said on Monday that he is "prepared to testify" if subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump.

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Auschwitz visited by record number of 2.32 million people in 2019

A record 2.32 million people visited the former Nazi camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in 2019 - 170,000 more than 2018, which also had broken previous records.

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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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