Community Intelligence Brief: September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Intelligence Brief

Barrie City Council Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Barrie City Council unanimously voted to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism Monday evening.

In a letter sent to Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt thanked the mayor and Barrie City Council for adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism, stating, "This unanimous adoption of the IHRA definition sends a strong and clear message that antisemitism will not be tolerated in the City of Barrie and that you stand in solidarity with the city’s Jewish community."

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Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Mosque Caretaker Followed Hate Group Online

According to reports, the man charged with stabbing a volunteer caretaker, Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, to death outside a mosque in Etobicoke had shared what appears to be content from a satanic neo-Nazi group in social media posts.

FSWC is saddened by and denounces this horrific attack that appears to have been motivated by hate and extremist views. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community against hate and send our deepest condolences to Zafis's family for their tragic and sudden loss.

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New SWC Report: QAnon: From Fringe Conspiracy to Mainstream Politics

The Simon Wiesenthal Center's (SWC) latest special 11-page report details the origins of QAnon; what about this conspiracy is new and how much support QAnon really has. The report also covers incidents sparked by QAnon, politicians who support it, and its future.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Passionate About Judaism’s Concern for Justice

"For Ginsburg, who died at home surrounded by her family on Friday evening at the age of 87, the phrase from the Hebrew Bible, 'Tzedek, tzedek tirdof,' summed up perfectly her calling as jurist and a Jew," writes Yonat Shimron.

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Scientists Combat Antisemitism with Artificial Intelligence

An international team of discourse analysts, computational linguists and historians have teamed up to develop a "highly complex, AI-driven approach to identifying online antisemitism," which will particularly help detect implicit antisemitism.

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Zoom Cancels Leila Khaled Webinar at San Francisco State University

Zoom has reportedly cancelled a webinar hosted by San Francisco State University that was slated to feature Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled as one of its guest speakers. SFSU rejected previous requests to withdraw the invitation, despite the fact that Khaled was a member of the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and hijacked El Al Flight 219 in 1970.

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Finnish Top Court Bans Finland's Main Neo-Nazi Group

Finland's Supreme Court banned the neo-Nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement yesterday on the grounds that its activities are "significantly contrary to law." The group is known for being violent and openly racist.

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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

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