Community Intelligence Brief: September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

Intelligence Brief

Quote of the Day

"We were appalled when we found out. The countries that provide the assistance don’t keep track of where their money goes, or maybe they turn a blind eye or they just don’t want to deal with it... If the money that was being used to pay terrorists can be diverted back to the original process of helping the people, I think that could make their lives better. Then perhaps the whole peace process can be helped, to get things going again."

- Stuart Force, who spearheaded the Taylor Force Act, on the money countries provide to the Palestinian Authority.

Thousands Attend Funeral of Israeli 'Hero' Slain in Stabbing Attack

There was an outpouring of condolences yesterday night as thousands attended the funeral service of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli man who was killed in a stabbing attack in the West Bank. The 44-year-old died in a Jerusalem hospital after a 17-year-old Palestinian assailant stabbed him outside a shopping mall. Fuld was a prominent pro-Israel activist and has been hailed as a hero of Israel.

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State of the Union

The Taylor Force Act: Honouring a Life and Legacy

Stuart and Robbie Force refused to do nothing when their son, Taylor, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on the Jaffa Promenade. After their long campaign to end the flow of money to fund Palestinian terror, the US signed the Taylor Force Act into law this past March - ending American aid to the Palestinian Authority until it ceases paying stipends to terrorists.

Join us on November 5 at FSWC's annual State of the Union dinner to hear Stuart and Robbie Force's story and honour them. For more information, please contact us at 416-864-9735 ext. 21 or tsteyn@fswc.ca

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Tour for Humanity Is Back on the Road!

The Tour for Humanity is back on the road, having paid visits to schools in Richmond Hill, Toronto and Orillia in the past week! Last week, our educators worked with students from grades 3 to 12, holding in-depth discussions on topics such as the Holocaust, other genocides around the world, growth of antisemitism in Europe, and Canada's failure to welcome refugees on the MS St. Louis.

The bus has many exciting journeys ahead this month, including stops in Barrie, Brampton and Georgina.

Hundreds Rally Against Antisemitism in Manchester

Hundreds turned out in the pouring rain over the weekend to protest against antisemitism, with MPs and Jewish communcal leaders warning senior Labour Party figures that they were "playing with fire", "treating Jews with contempt" and tolerating vicious attitudes towards those who challenge racism."

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Belgium Breaks Relations with PA Education Ministry for Honouring Terrorist

The Belgium Education Ministry announced that it has broken relations with its Palestinian counterpart over its honouring of terrorists and will no longer fund the construction of its schools. This comes after Belgium froze $3.8 million in funding last year for the construction of two Palestinian schools after a West Bank school that it helped fund was renamed after a terrorist who killed Jewish civilians. Despite appeals by the Belgian government, the name was not changed.

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Wiesenthal Center Applauds the Criminalization of Nazi Memorabilia Sales in Argentina

A Buenos Aires Appeals Court has ruled that the trade of objects related to Nazi Germany constitutes a crime by encouraging or inciting persecution or hatred against persons or groups by reasons of race, religion, nationality or political ideas. "Selling medals and belt buckles from what that regime considered virtuous is not a mere historical interest without moral judgement, it also feeds the symbolic fuel that was the source of massacres," said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Simon Wiesenthal Center's Latin American Representative.

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Eurovision Song Contest Set for Tel Aviv in 2019

For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Tel Aviv next year - an anouncement that was made on Thursday. Israel was named the host nation following the win of Netta Barzilai with her song "Toy" earlier this year. Israel has been the most successful non-European country to take part in the international song contest, having won four times - in 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018.

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From the Arab World

A high-level United Nations-appointed panel on Wednesday urged "all parties" to the seven-year Syria conflict and the states that support them to do "everything in their power to prevent a massacre in Idlib." The region is home to nearly three million people who, according to the report, are some of the victims of an “unprecedented” level of internal displacement across Syria. Reportedly some 10,000 fighters that have been identified as terrorists by the UN are believed to be living in Idlib.

TOMORROW: Join us in a celebration of human rights and freedom at Freedom Day!

Freedom Day is almost here! Join us and students from across Ontario tomorrow in a celebration of human rights and freedom. The event's featured speakers will be Max Eisen, a Holocaust survivor and author, and Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist turned peace advocate. There will also be a special performance by singer-songwriter Mimi O'Bonsawin.

Do not miss out on this event that every year inspires people of all ages to make a difference in the world.

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Sponsor a Day to Inspire Human Kindness

Sponsor a day to help inspire students to show compassion through acts of kindness on the Tour for Humanity. Your $500 donation provides 200 students with a full-day, meaningful educational experience that promotes standing up against hate and intolerance. Our educators encourage students to seek out positive role models like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Malala and Simon Wiesenthal – people who have changed the world for the better – and to become the change they want to see in others and in the world.

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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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