Community Intelligence Brief: July 13, 2022

July 13, 2022

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Frenkel: As a Jewish Student in Ottawa, I Experienced Antisemitism First-Hand

Ronnie Frenkel, a recent graduate from an Ottawa public high school, shares his personal experience with antisemitism from classmates, teachers and the administration. This comes after many Jewish parents went to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to raise alarm over a rise in antisemitism at its schools.

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Quebec Judge Says Crown Failed to Prove Nazism Led to Holocaust in Hate Speech Trial

On Friday, a Qubec judge shockingly claimed that the prosecution in the trial of a Montreal man accused of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews in a blog post failed to establish the Holocaust was a consequence of Nazi ideology. FSWC is disturbed by the absurd statements made by the judge and defence, displaying Holocaust ignorance inside the courtroom.

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Toronto Mural Gets Redesign After Councillor Says It Closely Portrays Antisemitic Trope

A mural in Toronto has been repainted after concerns were raised by City Councillor Josh Matlow and Jewish community members over its close resemblance to an antisemitic trope.

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Twitter Debate on Anne Frank and White Privilege Condemned

An appalling Twitter debate on whether Anne Frank had "white privilege" broke out over the weekend and was widely condemned among Jewish and non-Jewish users alike.

"Seeing 'Anne Frank White Privilege' trending on the same day I’m visiting the Warsaw Ghetto on a Holocaust education program, makes me weep for humanity," FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt tweeted from Poland while on FSWC's Compassion to Action program. "Anne Frank was a child who perished because she was Jewish, along with millions of others who were murdered because of Jew-hate."

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'Why Should I Deny It?' Holocaust Architect Adolf Eichmann Confesses in Secret Tapes

Decades after his execution in Israel for crimes against humanity, newly unearthed audio recordings of Adolf Eichmann reveal how the architect of the Holocaust described his role in organizing the “Final Solution.”

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Biden Arrives in Israel to Meet Israeli PM, Other Leaders

U.S. President Joe Biden began his 10th trip to Israel today, his first trip to the country as president, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and other leaders. “The connection between the Israeli people and the American people is bone deep,” said Biden.

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Always the Optimist: Netflix Film on Shimon Peres Spotlights Political, Emotional Resilience

Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres by Moriah Films, a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was released today on Netflix. The film looks back on the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and two-time prime minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, featuring interviews with world leaders including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

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16 Things You Didn’t Know About the Maccabiah Games

About 10,000 youth and adult athletes from 65 countries will be competing in Israel in 42 sports during the 21st Maccabiah, taking place July 12-26. The Maccabiah is the third-largest sporting event in the world by number of competitors, after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

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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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