Community Intelligence Brief: October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019

Intelligence Brief

We Are All in This Together

The preservation of freedom and democracy is the core of our election cycle in Canada. For this, we commend all candidates who fought to preserve these important ideals. At the same time, given this was one of the most divisive elections fraught with antisemitism and racism, we call on all elected parliamentarians to collaborate with Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center to inspire and empower Canadians to make Canada a better place for everyone.

Suspended Vancouver student says he regrets role in spread of antisemitic, racist memes

One of the numerous students who were suspended or expelled for sharing racist content on social media recently spoke with Global News, admitting the "punishment was pretty severe and necessary for me to stop doing this....I took lessons from this and didn't just shake it off."

"Social networks are being used by students to spread antisemitism and hatred. Schools have a responsibility to educate before this happens and reach out for tolerance training when it occurs," said FSWC's Avi Benlolo.

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Support the Work of FSWC

Hate is on the rise around the world, including here in Canada where the work of FSWC has become more important than ever. Through our advocacy initiatives and education programs like Tour for Humanity and Freedom Day - which reached some 35,000 students this past year - FSWC is committed to standing up to antisemitism and other forms of hate and intolerance in Canada.

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Hamilton Police Lay Charges in Another Hate Graffiti Case

FSWC is pleased to note the quick arrest of a man over the weekend after Hamilton police received reports that someone was spray painting a dumpster with Nazi symbols. According to a statement by the Hamilton Police Service, the dumpster was covered with “swastikas, SS lightning bolt symbols as well as hate/bias-related speech sprayed with black paint.”

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Poll: Nearly a third of Jewish people avoid publicly wearing things that might identify them as Jewish

The survey released just days before the anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting reveals that nearly a third of the 1,283 Jewish American respondents have "avoided publicly wearing, carrying or displaying things that might help people identify them as Jews." The survey also revealed that nearly nine in 10 Jewish Americans say antisemitism is a current problem in the US.

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Concentration camp guard, 93, goes on trial in Germany

Bruno Dey, a 93-year-old former Stutthof concentration camp guard, went on trial on Thursday in Hamburg, Germany on 5,230 counts of accessory to murder. While prosecutors stated Dey "was no ardent worshipper of Nazi ideology," they argued "there is also no doubt that he never actively challenged the persecutions of the Nazi regime."

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Czech lawmakers pass resolution condemning BDS movement

Yesterday, the lower house of the Czech parliament passed a resolution condemning all forms of antisemitism and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. The resolution calls on the government to increase efforts to prevent antisemitism and antisemitic attacks as well as to not provide financial support to groups that promote the boycott of Israel.

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Israel to send its largest delegation to 2020 Olympics

A total of 85 athletes competing in 18 sports on behalf of Israel will be heading to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the largest delegation the country has ever assembled. Israel sent 47 athletes to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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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 aborisovsky@fswc.ca.

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