Community Intelligence Brief: September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020

Intelligence Brief

President and CEO Michael Levitt Marks First Day at FSWC

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is proud to welcome Michael Levitt on his first day as president and CEO of the organization!

We look forward to his leadership in advancing FSWC's mission to combat antisemitism and hate and promote human rights through education and advocacy.

Defence Minister Pledges Action on Racists in Military

Canada's Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan told the Canadian Jewish Record that he had a "productive" conversation with Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center last week and wants to assure Canadians that the Canadian Armed Forces treats the issue of white supremacy and extremism in the military "with the utmost seriousness."

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A 'Deafening Silence': Canada Still Struggles with the Second World War's Legacy, Says Historian

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the official end of the Second World War. On this day, the most deadly and destructive conflict in human history was finally over. Historian Tim Cook says Canadian soldiers, 55,000 of whom were left physically and mentally scarred, were eager to forget the war or were reluctant to discuss it, contributing to Canadians' lack of engagement with the country's experiences during the Second World War.

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TikTok Announces 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Antisemitism

In an August 20 blog post titled "Countering Hate on TikTok," the social media platform declared a "zero tolerance" policy on accounts that have been linked to instances of antisemitism as well as other forms of bigotry. However, other users are still known to make inappropriate jokes and comments of an antisemitic nature on the app.

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Antisemitism in Germany Increased Due to Coronavirus Protests

Two recent protests against coronavirus measures have drawn tens of thousands from across the country to Berlin. While demonstrators were mainly peaceful, right-wing groups and antisemitic conspiracy theories have influenced the movement.

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Nazi-Occupied Norway Offers a Glimpse of What Hitler Wanted for the Entire World

Germany's occupation of Norway from 1940 to 1945 and its building campaign to align the northern land with Hitler's New Order "have a great deal to tell us about how Hitler and his henchmen envisioned the world under the swastika, which they had begun to construct in Norway," writes Despina Stratigakos, author of Hitler's Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway.

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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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