Community Intelligence Brief: November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021

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We Must Confront What’s Behind the One-Track Mindset of Pure, Unadulterated Antisemitism

"In their woke-driven zeal, anti-Israel activists often wrap themselves in the 'anti-Zionist' flag, as if denying Jews the right to their own state in their ancestral homeland were a badge of honour," writes FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt in his latest column published this morning in the Toronto Star. "Like a petri dish of hate and ignorance feeding off each other, social media has become the gateway to a larger, ongoing pile-on singling out Israel. It amplifies the same pathological Israel Obsession Disorder many diplomats at the UN have long exhibited."

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Importance of Holocaust Education with FSWC Educator Daniella Lurion

FSWC educator Daniella Lurion joined Mornings with Sue and Andy on Global News Radio yesterday morning - as the world commemorated the 83rd anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogrom known as Kristallnacht - to discuss the importance of Holocaust education, especially at a time when disinformation and lack of understanding of this dark chapter in human history are running rampant.

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Canadian Officials Who Met with Ukrainian Unit Linked to Neo-Nazis Feared Exposure by News Media: Documents

Canadian officials who met with members of a Ukrainian battalion linked to neo-Nazis didn’t denounce the unit, but were instead concerned the media would expose details of the get-together, according to newly released documents.

Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, policy director of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, said Canada had to make it a priority that its military personnel have no involvement with far-right fascist militias in Ukraine under any circumstances. “It’s concerning that, for the second time in a month, we have seen evidence of Canadian military officials engaging with Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups,” she added.

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Ottawa Police Conduct Hate Crime Investigation Into Antisemitic Posters

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is extremely disgusted by antisemitic posters that have appeared throughout Ottawa's west end, including very disturbing posters promoting conspiracy theories blaming Jews for 9/11 and the slave trade, which were found at a skate park and reported to FSWC on Sunday.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Ottawa Police Hate Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5015.

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Two Men Sentenced for Hate Crimes After Leaving Antisemitic Graffiti Outside Synagogue in Hamilton, Ont.

Two men were sentenced to house arrest, probation and community service yesterday, more than two years after that scrawled antisemitic graffiti on the parking lot of Beth Jacob synagogue in Hamilton.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes the court's decision, which sends a message that there are consequences for such displays of hate targeting the Jewish community and hopefully acts as a deterrent.

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On Kristallnacht Anniversary, Austria Unveils Memorial Wall with 64,440 Names

The Austrian government inaugurated on Tuesday a $7 million Holocaust memorial monument on the anniversary of the 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms, listing the names of 64,440 Holocaust victims.

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COVID-19 Has Led to Re-Kindling of Antisemitism Across Europe, Says Rights Agency

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights, which collates data from civil society groups across the continent, warned that Germany and France had seen the biggest increases. Germany recorded 2,351 antisemitic 'incidents' last year, it revealed, and France 339.

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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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