Community Intelligence Brief: June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Intelligence Brief

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101-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Former Nazi guard Josef Schütze, aged 101, has been sentenced to five years in jail after a German court found him guilty of assisting in the murder of some 3,500 people at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp between 1942 and 1945.

FSWC welcomes the guilty verdict and hails the work of Simon Wiesenthal Center's chief Nazi-hunter, Efraim Zuroff, in bringing forward Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives to assist the prosecution.

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FSWC Joins Jewish Community Members in Celebrating Pride

On Sunday, FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt joined CIJA, the Consulate General of Israel and close to 100 members of the Jewish community in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community at the annual Pride parade in Toronto.

Placing Anti-Jewish Hate on the Map

"Since Israel’s inception nearly 75 years ago, its opponents have been nothing if not inventive in their efforts against the world’s only Jewish state," writes FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt in his latest Toronto Star column, in which he speaks out about a BDS campaign called the Mapping Project, which has been wrongfully targeting Jewish and other institutions.

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A Meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Was ‘an Incredible Moment’ for These Jewish Community Leaders from Toronto

It has been a week since FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt and Chair Fred Waks joined a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, during which they discussed concerns over rising antisemitism worldwide. Earlier this week, both discussed the meaningful experience with The Canadian Jewish News.

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Pope Francis Orders Online Release of Second World War-Era ‘Jewish’ Files

Pope Francis has ordered the online publication of 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many of whom had been baptised as Catholics, after the begninng of Nazi persecution. Although the archive has been available for consultation by scholars since March 2020, Pope Francis requested they be accessible to everyone.

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Ben & Jerry's Cancels Plan to Stop Sales in Israel

Unilever announced today that it has reached a new agreement with Ben & Jerry's Israeli licensee to sell the ice cream company's products throughout Israel. This comes after Ben & Jerry's announced its plans last July to no longer allow its products to be sold to Israelis in the West Bank.

FSWC joins the Simon Wiesenthal Center in commending Unilever for rejecting Ben & Jerry's antisemitic boycott of Israel, marking another BDS fail.

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Google Engineer Identifies Anonymous Faces in WWII Photos with AI Facial Recognition

Daniel Patt, a Google software engineer, has developed an artificial intelligence-driven facial recognition platform that can scan through photos from prewar Europe and the Holocaust, linking them to people living today. The platform is helping Holocaust survivors and their descendants find loved ones in Holocaust-era photos.

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Germany: Over 2,700 Antisemitic Incidents Reported in 2021

The Department for Research and Information on Antisemitism, a group that tracks antisemitism in Germany, documented more than 2,700 antisemitic incidents in the country last year, including 63 attacks and six cases of extreme violence.

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Israel Makes It to European Teen Soccer Championship Final

Israel's national teen soccer team beat France on Tuesday, securing a spot at the UEFA Under-19 European Championship final and marking the first time Israel has reached the final stage in the competition since joining UEFA in 1996.

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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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