Community Intelligence Brief: July 20, 2022

July 20, 2022

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Montreal Police Make an Arrest After the Assault of a Man Carrying an Israeli Flag

In Montreal, police have made an arrest in connection with a May 5 incident in which two young men assaulted an older man carrying an Israeli flag. FSWC is grateful to Montreal police for their determined investigation and their work to ensure the perpetrators of this despicable act are held to account.

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Man Arrested for Allegedly Vandalizing Toronto Art Piece with Antisemitic Graffiti

Toronto police have arrested a man suspected of desecrating an art sculpture with antisemitic graffiti near the Art Gallery of Ontario. Witnesses reported the hate-motivated incident to police last week after the man was seen using spray paint to deface the "Couch Monster" sculpture.

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FSWC Calls for Community Vigilance Following Release of Violent Hate Criminal

FSWC is deeply concerned over a judge's release of a Toronto man guilty of committing violent antisemitic attacks and is calling for heightened community vigilance. Yesterday, a Toronto judge sentenced Michael Park to 36 months of probation and time served after he pleaded guilty to three charges of hate-motivated assault. Park was charged last year after physically assaulting three individuals, including members of the Jewish community, bearing a swastika on his chest and yelling antisemitic slurs.

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Ashes of 8,000 Victims of Second World War Found in Two Poland Mass Graves

Special investigators in Poland say they have found two mass graves containing the ashes of at least 8,000 Poles slain by the Nazis during the Second World War in forest executions that the Nazis later tried to hide by incinerating the bodies and planting trees on the burial pits.

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Holocaust Survivors Mark 80 Years Since Mass Paris Roundup

A week of ceremonies marking 80 years since the Vel d’Hiv French police roundup of 13,000 Jews on July 16-17, 1942 culminated Sunday with an event led by French President Emmanuel Macron, who decried his Nazi-collaborator predecessors and rising antisemitism and vowed to stamp out Holocaust denial.

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Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace to Israeli Flights

Saudi Arabia fully opened its airspace to Israeli flights for the first time, the latest sign of the two countries’ warming relations. The country’s civil aviation authority announced the change on Friday, as President Joe Biden flew into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for a conference of Gulf states.

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Swedish Court Convicts Iranian Ex-Official Over 1988 Executions

Hamid Nouri, 61, was sentenced to life in prison after Swedish prosecutors accused him of committing war crimes and murder of opposition supporters between July and September 1988, when they said he was assistant to the deputy prosecutor at Gohardasht prison in Karaj.

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UNESCO: Half of Holocaust-Related Content on Telegram Denies or Distorts the Facts

According to a report by UNESCO and the United Nations, 48% of Holocaust-related public content on social media platform Telegram denies or distorts the facts. This rate rises to over 80% for messages in German, and around 50% in English and French.

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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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