Community Intelligence Brief: May 4, 2022

May 4, 2022

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Canadian Students Stand Up for Human Rights at Speaker’s Idol

Earlier this afternoon, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted its annual Speaker’s Idol public-speaking competition, featuring 12 inspiring student finalists who shared their speeches on human rights issues and how they envision creating positive change in the world.

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Israel Blasts Russia Over Lavrov's Claim Hitler Was Jewish

Israel on Monday lashed out at Russia over “unforgivable” comments by its foreign minister about Nazism and antisemitism - including claims that Adolf Hitler was Jewish. Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder in the Holocaust.

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Terry Glavin: Is Khaled Barakat Part of a Terrorist Group or a Victim of Israeli Intimidation?

We are deeply concerned that Khaled Barakat, found to have ties to the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), remains in Canada, with free rein to participate in rallies and meetings across Canada. Meanwhile, a PFLP proxy is deemed to be operating in Canada as a formally registered corporation. FSWC recognizes B'nai Brith Canada's long-standing advocacy on this issue and joins it and other organizations in calling on the government to take action now.

Learn more by reading Terry Glavin's piece in the National Post.

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Hundreds Show Up to Hear Survivor's Story After Yom HaShoah Event Cancelled Due to Low Registration

On one of the most solemn days on the Jewish calendar, Holocaust survivor Arnold Fridland would not be silenced. Sydney Goldstein, 28, with a little help from others, saw to it.

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Israel Kicks Off 74th Independence Day

Israel slid from grave heartache to celebratory joy Wednesday evening, as the nation ushered in its 74th Independence Day, with calls for unity.

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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

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