Community Intelligence Brief: August 23, 2023

August 23, 2023


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Israel Sees One of Deadliest Terrorism Years Since Second Intifada

2023 has become one of Israel's deadliest years since the Second Intifada, after an Israeli woman murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on Monday became the 34th terror victim this year. Israel has now seen an average of one person murdered in a terrorist attack per week. The Jerusalem Post shares the names of this year's terror victims in Israel.

May their memories forever be a blessing.

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Hateful Graffiti in Winnipeg Points to Disturbing Trends, Say Jewish, Muslim Community Members

FSWC is disturbed by hateful graffiti targeting Jews and Arabs that was discovered early last week in Winnipeg. The graffiti, which was quickly removed, is a painful reminder of the need for vulnerable communities to stand united and work together to combat all forms of hate.

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Kosovo Inaugurates 'Wall of Honour' Statue for 23 Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

A statue honouring 23 Kosovo Albanians who rescued Jews from the Holocaust was inaugurated earlier today in the capital city of Pristina. Almost half of the 500 Jews who lived in Kosovo, then part of former Yugoslavia, at the beginning of the war had died, but others were helped by local Albanians to escape.

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X Removes Holocaust-Denying Post After Auschwitz Museum Criticism

After initially refusing to remove a post, X - formerly Twitter - finally removed an offensive Holocaust-denying post following criticism from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. The post has called the murder of a three-year-old Jewish girl a "fairy tale" and used other antisemitic tropes.

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'Inspiring' New Evidence Shows How Jews Thrived in English City of York After Antisemitic 1190 Massacre

Researchers at the University of York have uncovered a trove of documents that suggest the English city’s Jewish community began to flourish and live alongside Christian neighbours in the early 1200s, less than 20 years after one of the worst antisemitic massacres of the Middle Ages took place in the city.

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Paraguay Moves Its Israeli Embassy Back to Jerusalem

Paraguay’s newly-elected president announced last week that he is moving his country's embassy back to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, a move expected to take place by the end of the year. The embassy had previously been moved to Jerusalem in 2018, a move that was reversed by a subsequent leader shortly thereafter.

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Jerusalem Doctors Carry Out Revolutionary AR Robotic Spinal Surgery

A 25-year-old man in Jerusalem became the first patient in the world to undergo a procedure using augmented reality to repair an unstable spinal fracture. Dr. Cezar Mizrahi and his team performed the surgery at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, using AR assistance guided by a surgical spine robot.

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Gal Gadot’s ‘Heart of Stone’ Tops Netflix Charts in 6 Arab Countries

The action film Heart of Stone, starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, topped Netflix charts in 93 countries following its August 11 release, including in six Arab countries - Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.

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