Community Intelligence Brief: May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

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Montreal Police Hate Crime Unit Investigating Assault on Jewish Man

Montreal police are investigating after an elderly man holding a flag of Israel was assaulted by two men as he was walking from an Israel Independence Day rally last week. The incident took place in the City of Westmount, a Montreal suburb.

"We are incredibly disturbed to learn of this assault on a Jewish man carrying an Israeli flag," FSWC said in an online post. "Jews must have the freedom to celebrate their homeland without fear of intimidation and violence. We urge anyone with information to contact Montreal police so arrests can be made."

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Jewish Immigrant Builds Travelling Holocaust Museum for N.B. Students

With help from family and friends and support from the Sgoolai Israel Synagogue, Jasmine Kranat created a travelling Holocaust museum for New Brunswick students. Last week, some 200 Fredericton students spent two hours learning about the genocide of six million Jews during the Second World War.

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After 800 Years, Church of England Apologizes to Jews for Laws That Led to Expulsion

On Sunday, the Church of England apologized for anti-Jewish laws that were passed 800 years ago that led to the expulsion of Jews for hundreds of years. A service held at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford was attended by Britain's chief rabbi and representatives of the archbishop of Canterbury.

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German Airline Apologizes for Excluding Jewish Passengers

German airline Lufthansa has apologized for refusing to let any members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers onto a flight after some of them had refused to wear masks. “We regret that the large group was denied boarding rather than limiting it to the non-compliant guests,” the airline said.

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Antisemitic Crimes Are Surging in Germany

Antisemitic crimes surged by nearly 30 per cent in Germany last year, security officials revealed on Tuesday. Statistics show that politically motivated crime had reached its highest level in Germany since officials started tracking the data in 2001.

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The Holocaust Started with My Great-Uncle's Murder

Mattie Kahn writes about his great-uncle Arthur Kahn, believed to be the first shot among a group of four Jewish men at Dachau concentration camp and the Holocaust’s first Jewish victim.

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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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