Community Intelligence Brief: October 12, 2022

October 12, 2022

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Images of Hitler Affixed to Guelph, Ont. Synagogue Door

A hate crime investigation is underway after stickers bearing the image of Adolf Hitler were found on the front doors of Beth Isaiah Synagogue in Guelph, Ontario. Police said surveillance video showed a man arriving at the synagogue on Oct. 5, placing the stickers on the doors and then appearing to photograph himself with the stickers in the background.

FSWC stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in Guelph following this despicable act of hate and asks anyone who recognizes the perpetrator to contact the Guelph Police Service at jatwal@guelphpolice.ca or 519-824-1212, ext. 7436.

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Kanye West’s Antisemitism Controversy, Explained

From vowing to go "death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE" to making several absurd comments promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories in an interview, Kanye West's antisemitic views were on full display this past week. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency delves into and explains the series of events.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks Out Against Kanye's Antisemitism

In a blog post published yesterday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once again raised his voice against antisemitism, responding to Kanye West's recent peddling of antisemitic conspiracy theories and threats against the Jewish community.

Join us on October 25 at Spirit of Hope to hear from keynote speaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who will discuss his work in advocating for justice and human rights, being a steadfast ally against antisemitism and building bridges between diverse communities. Buy tickets here

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Diversity Minister Condemns CRTC for Not Severing Ties with Consultant Under Fire for Tweets

Canada's Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, said he was "surprised and disappointed" by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) decision to not ban Laith Marouf and his Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) following a widely condemned series of antisemitic tweets.

Jewish groups, including Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, called on the CRTC to follow the government's lead in severing ties with Marouf and CMAC, which had received some $500,000 from the Commission.

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German Extremist ‘Dances’ on Holocaust Memorial

Far-right politician Holger Winterstein, a member of the Alternative for Germany party, was seen posing with his arms spread on one of the stone slabs that make up Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial. The party said it would take action against Winterstein for his “extremely disrespectful behavior.”

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Spanish Top Court Says Israel Boycotts Are Always Discriminatory in Landmark Ruling

The Supreme Court of Spain has ruled that the movement to boycott Israel represents "discrimination" that "infringes on basic rights." Separately, the Spanish parliament passed legislation last week that bars public funding for organizations that “promote 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 advocacy@fswc.ca.

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