Community Intelligence Brief: June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

Intelligence Brief

Antisemitism Continues to Spread Like a Virus

"The pandemic has seen an explosion of age-old anti-Semitic tropes on social media as well as the new phenomena of Zoombombing," writes Toronto Sun's Michele Mandel who spoke with FSWC's Jaime Kirzner-Roberts on Friday regarding a recent antisemitic Zoombombing incident targeting a Toronto synagogue and the rise of coronavirus-related antisemitism on social media.

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FSWC Calls for Swastika Graffiti Incident on Vancouver Train to be Treated as Hate-Motivated Crime

According to reports, Transit Police is recommending charges of mischief and assault of a police officer after officers arrested a man drawing swastikas on SkyTrain advertisements following several calls made by passengers on Saturday. The man reportedly spewed racial slurs at the officers before being arrested.

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The Difficult History of Prosecuting Hate in Canada

Canadians have been grappling with the question of how the law should tackle hatred for more than half a century. If the courts are any indication, they've yet to come up with a consistent answer.

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Protesters Shout ‘Dirty Jews’ at Paris Rally Against Police Racism

An investigation is underway in Paris after participants at a protest against police racism were heard shouting "dirty Jews." The incident occurred after counter-protesters unfurled a banner that read "Justice for victims of anti-white crimes."

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New UK Report Exposes Massive Online Network of Far-Right Antisemitism

A new report published by Community Security Trust, titled "Hate Fuel: the hidden online world fuelling far right terror," looks at four relatively unregulated social media platforms and the "shocking extent of terror incitement and anti-Jewish hate created and circulated by right-wing extremists" on these platforms.

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Modeling Israel, Montreal Suburb Becomes First Canadian Town to Require Masks

Côte Saint-Luc, a predominantly Jewish suburb of Montreal, has become the first municipality in Canada to require residents to wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. The city's mayor said the new law was inspired by Israeli regulations, stating that while Quebec is the same size in terms of population as Israel, "the number of corona patients was 53,000 here, while in Israel it was 18,000."

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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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