Community Intelligence Brief: June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

Intelligence Brief

Germany Honours Canadian Supreme Court Justice

Germany has given Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit. Germany's Ambassador to Canada stated the country wished to honour her for the way she has drawn lessons from the Holocaust about the need to protect minority rights and the rule of law.

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Renewed Call to Rename Swastika Trail

A campaign to rename Swastika Trail in Puslinch Township is underway once again amid the current movement to combat systemic racism. A group of residents have joined forces in an effort to change the name that associates with the Nazis and the atrocities they committed during the Second World War. FSWC, which had previously called on the township's mayor and councillors to vote in favour of changing the street name, supports this renewed effort.

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TikTok Social Media Platform Users Target Young People with Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, Study Finds

According to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Haifa and Israel's Institute for Counter Terrorism, antisemites, Holocaust deniers and other far-rights extremists are using the popular social media platform TikTok to reach young people. There were reportedly 196 postings related to far-right extremism between February and May.

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German Church Covers Antisemitic Sculpture It Was Forced to Keep

After an evangelical church in Calbe, Germany was not allowed to remove an antisemitic sculpture, as legislation reportedly forbids the removal of any element in the building housing the church, it decided to cover it up. With dozens of antisemitic reliefs founds in churches across Germany, German Jews and others have long campaigned for the removal of the antisemitic imagery, but with limited success.

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Austria Breaks Ground on Holocaust Memorial for Those Killed During Nazi Era

Today Austria broke ground on a new memorial to the country's 65,000 Jews killed during the Holocaust. Located in Vienna and to be completed next spring, the memorial will consist of large slabs set in the ground in a circle, engraved with the names of victims who have been identified. It will be a tribute to those who lost their lives and a reminder of the perils of antisemitism.

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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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