Community Intelligence Brief: September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022

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Laith Marouf’s Twitter Accounts Finally Suspended After International Meeting About Online Antisemitism

Laith Marouf - founder of the Community Media Advocacy Centre that was previously awarded more than $133,000 from Canadian Heritage - has finally been suspended from Twitter following a series of antisemitic and other hateful tweets. Twitter suspended his latest account after FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt questioned one of its executives over Marouf's continued appearance on the platform.

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Iranian President on the Holocaust: ‘There Are Some Signs That It Happened,’ Research Needed to Be Sure

During an interview on 60 Minutes, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi promoted Holocaust denial, claiming there are "some signs" that the Holocaust happened and "they should allow it to be investigated and researched," drawing condemnation around the world.

Today, FSWC expressed its outrage over the appearance of the dictator at the UN General Assembly, just days after he questioned whether the Holocaust took place.

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Germany Marks 70 Years of Compensating Holocaust Survivors

The Claims Conference said Thursday that Germany agreed to pay approximately $1.2 billion euros to Holocaust survivors living around the world in 2023, bringing its total compensation to more than 80 billion euros. The announcement came as Germany marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of the so-called Luxembourg Agreements, a reparations pact that made it possible for Holocaust survivors to receive a measure of justice for the Nazi persecution of Jews during the Second World War.

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Lawmakers Press Social Media Executives on Combatting Antisemitism

Current and former parliamentarians, including FSWC's Michael Levitt, were in Washington, DC last week to demand transparency from social media platforms about how they combat antisemitism. CBC News reported on the first Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism hearing.

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Rabbi Marvin Hier: Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

"The whole world is still shocked and saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who was a universally admired 'woman of valor' due to her exemplary leadership," writes Simon Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean Rabbi Marvin Hier. "My wife Malkie and I will never forget having the great privilege of meeting and speaking with her when I served as rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tzedek in Vancouver and represented the clergy during her official visit to British Columbia in 1971."

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Israelis and Arabs Celebrate Two Years of Abraham Accords

A coalition of young Israelis, Emiratis, Bahrainis and Moroccans travelled to Washington, DC together to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords and what has been achieved since then. The Leaders of Tomorrow delegation is part of a joint initiative of the Tel Aviv-based ISRAEL-Is organization and the Mimouna Association of Morocco, together with a coalition of young leaders from all the Abraham Accords countries.

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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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