Community Intelligence Brief: July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

Intelligence Brief

Thousands Join 48-Hour Twitter ‘Walkout’ to Protest Antisemitism on Platform

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center has joined Simon Wiesenthal Center and thousands of other individuals and groups in a 48-hour Twitter walkout that started this morning to protest the platform's inadequate response to antisemitism. The campaign was initiated in the UK after a series of antisemitic tweets by UK-based rapper Wiley were left up for 12 hours before Twitter finally deleted some and allowed others to remain.

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FSWC Seeks Explanation After Anti-Israel Video Included in Ontario High School Curriculum

When a parent complained to the YRDSB about the staunchly anti-Israel video that turned out to be part of the curriculum of a Grade 10 online civics course, it was quickly removed from the course’s online portal. Questions remain, however, about how many students were exposed to the video, whether the video remains in the Ontario curriculum and how such a libelous video ended up in the curriculum in the first place. FSWC wrote a letter to Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce asking for answers and for confirmation that the video has been removed from the curriculum for all courses offered in the province.

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Unifor Union Rep Found Trying to Sell Nazi Memorabilia Online

Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, director of the campaign against antisemitism at FSWC, told CBC News Friday that possessing and selling items like these is an insult to Canada's veterans, Jewish people and a host of other communities, adding that such "relics of genocide" belong only in museums and institutions where they can be used to educate people about the horrors of the Second World War.

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Amazon, Google and Wish Remove Neo-Nazi Products

Amazon, Google and Wish have removed neo-Nazi and white-supremacist products - including white-supremacist flags, neo-Nazi books and Ku Klux Klan merchandise - being sold on their platforms following an investigation by BBC.

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Bodies of 286 Jews Murdered in Holocaust Found in Ukraine Basement

The bodies of 286 Jewish people, mostly women and children, were found in a basement below the town square's marketplace in Sataniv, Ukraine. The basements where Jewish people were gassed were opened after the war, but over the years, the entrance disappeared below the rubble of a ruined household. After several legal battles, the local Jewish community finally gained ownership, collecting the remains of the people killed to be taken for burial in the city's ancient Jewish cemetery.

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Israeli Army Says It Thwarted Hezbollah Infiltrators from Lebanon

According to the Israel Defense Forces, a cell of Hezbollah infiltrators who crossed into Israeli territory from Lebanon were thwarted by Israeli gunfire and tank shells on Monday afternoon. Residents of northern Israel were ordered to remain in their homes due to a “serious security incident.”

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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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