Community Intelligence Brief: October 26, 2022

October 26, 2022

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NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Receives Award for Being an Ally Against Antisemitism at Toronto Event

Last night, NBA legend and social activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar received the first annual Ally Against Antisemitism Award, presented by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) in front of more than 1,200 Jewish community members and allies in Toronto.

Abdul-Jabbar was presented with the award at Spirit of Hope - FSWC’s annual marquee fundraising event that raised more than $3.2 million this year for the organization's education and advocacy programs - at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto before he took centre stage to speak about his longstanding work in advocating for social justice and human rights, being a steadfast ally in the fight against antisemitism and building bridges between communities.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks Out Against Antisemitism

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke to hundreds in Toronto about being an ally with the Jewish community in light of antisemitism being on the rise. Michelle Mackey from CityNews Toronto reported from the Spirit of Hope Benefit.

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Adidas Cancels Deal with Ye Following Antisemitic Comments

After weeks of antisemitic comments, apparel and shoe giant Adidas has cancelled its deal with Kanye West. Global News Toronto reported on the decision, featuring comments from FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt.

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Jewish Anti-Hate Group Hopes Patron Hate Crime Case Leads to Justice System Changes

The Travis Patron hate speech case raises questions about how Canada deals with those who seek to normalize hate, FSWC Director of Policy Jaime Kirzner-Roberts told the Regina Leader-Post. “We’ve seen just how serious hateful people can be about implementing their horrific plans for the Jewish people in the past."

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Antisemitic Vandalism Occurs at Queen's University Residence

On October 1, a swastika was discovered on a fridge in Albert Street Residence at Queen's University. The University said it "is committed to addressing any form of racism or discrimination, and to ongoing work to promote a safe, healthy, and inclusive community."

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Harasser of Holocaust Survivor Nearly Car Rams Iran Protesters in Toronto

An anti-Israel activist in Toronto, who had recently achieved notoriety for dressing as an orthodox Jew and harassing a Holocaust survivor about her position on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, nearly car-rammed protesters against the Iranian regime on Sunday. He was arrested by York Regional Police and charged with dangerous driving and other offences.

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New British PM Has Called Jerusalem Israel’s ‘Historic Capital,’ Vowed to Fight BDS

The incoming British prime minister recently declared Jerusalem is “indisputably the historic capital” of Israel and that there was a “very strong case” for moving the UK embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv.

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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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