Community Intelligence Brief: October 7, 2021

October 6, 2021

Intelligence Brief

How a Hate Crime Opened a Road to Redemption for a Vulnerable Teenager in B.C.

On Thursday, the perpetrator who wrote antisemitic messages on Victoria's Jewish community centre in April delivered a written apology to the families with children at the daycare, formally completing an intensive, months-long restorative justice process. That process gave the victims of this hate crime the opportunity to determine what reparations should look like, and it also gave the teenage perpetrator a chance to change, for the better.

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'Put Your Star Away': Jewish Singer Refused Service at German Hotel

Hotel Westin in Leipzig, Germany faced accusations of shocking, blatant antisemitism on Tuesday after a musician said he was denied service for wearing a Star of David. In a video posted on social media, Gil Ofarim said he was told to put his Star of David away when he attempted to check in. The hotel has since said the employees concerned have been suspended while an investigation is underway.

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Police Investigating After Antisemitic Graffiti Found at Auschwitz-Birkenau Site

Graffiti discovered on barracks at the Auschwitz Memorial included statements in English and German, as well as two references to often-used Old Testament sayings frequently used by antisemites, the Memorial said in a statement published on Twitter.

The antisemitic graffiti discovered at the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau is an affront to the memory of the more than 1.1 million victims who died at the death camp. The perpetrators of this horrific act must be found and brought to justice.

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Ukrainians Unearth Hiding Places of Jews in City Sewers During Nazi Holocaust

Under cobblestone streets in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, diggers have uncovered new hiding spots in underground sewers where some Jews managed to flee from Nazi occupying forces during World War Two.

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EU Releases First-Ever Strategy to Fight Antisemitism, Promote Jewish Life

The European Commission has released its first official strategy to prevent antisemitism, protect and foster Jewish life and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance. Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center commends this incredibly important initiative, as Jews across Europe continue to face the growing presence of antisemitic sentiment and violence.

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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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