Community Intelligence Brief: August 30, 2023

August 30, 2023


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Antiques Market Near Waterloo, Ont. Pulls Nazi Uniform After Outcry

The St. Jacobs Antiques Market just outside Waterloo, Ontario has removed a Nazi uniform from its store after Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the sale of the item. In a statement issued yesterday, FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt said, "While it’s not illegal to display or sell Nazi memorabilia, profiting off such items associated with the genocide of six million Jews and millions of others goes against good conscience... This Nazi uniform belongs in an appropriate educational institution, used as an education tool to teach the public about the Second World War and the horrors of the Holocaust."

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Canada’s Oldest Second World War Veteran Laid to Rest in British Columbia

Friends and family gathered in New Westminster, BC yesterday to honour the life of Reuben Sinclair, who was laid to rest at the age of 111. He is said to have been Canada’s oldest man, oldest Second World War veteran and oldest Jew. His children paid tribute to him and expressed how proud he was to serve his country. He “was a man of character, a man of honour, always positive, a man of great respect,” said Sinclair's daughter at his funeral service.

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Opinion: Canada Must Continue to Defend Israel Against Baseless United Nations Attack

By urging the International Court of Justice to preserve the "land for peace" legal framework, Canada is defending "the sole viable path towards a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians," Irwin Cotler and Orde Kittrie write in the National Post.

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How a Jewish Summer Camp Basketball Game 40 Years Ago Fought to Undo Antisemitic Lessons

In 1983, Hart Snider was nine years old when he and his Jewish teammates played a basketball game against a group of students who had previously been taught by a notorious Holocaust denier. The game ended up bringing the two teams together, and Snider ended up producing an animated short about it with the National Film Board of Canada in 2011 and releasing a comic book memoir in 2022 - both titled The Basketball Game.

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Basketball Player Who Fought for Israeli Citizenship Promotes Black-Jewish Ties

Before returning to play basketball in Israel's second-tier league, after receiving his temporary residence last May, basketball player Jared Armstrong is focusing on strengthening the relationship between the Jewish and Black communities. This past Sunday, he ran a free basketball clinic for students in Philadelphia, with both Jewish and Black athletes participating, and he hopes to start a two-week summer camp next year.

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Israel Wins First-Ever Gold Medals at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

Israel won its first-ever gold medals at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships over the weekend. Following the team's big win in the all-around category on Friday, they also scored a second gold medal in Sunday's 3 Ribbons 2 Balls competition. Kol HaKavod, Team Israel!

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Libya’s Foreign Minister Suspended, Flees Country After Meeting with Israel’s Chief Diplomat

Libya's Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush was suspended and fled the country on Monday after it was revealed she met with her Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, in Rome last week. Under a 1957 law in Libya, it is illegal to normalize ties with Israel.

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Iranian Weightlifter Given Lifetime Ban for Shaking Hands with Israeli Competitor

Iranian weightlifter Mostafa Rajaei has been given a lifetime ban by authorities in the Islamic Republic after he shook hands with an Israeli competitor at a World Masters championship in Poland.

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New Technology Helps Uncover Holocaust Gravesites in Latvia and Netherlands

A mass grave of Jews killed by the Nazis has been identified in Latvia following decades of searching. Separately, the body of a Second World War Jewish resistance fighter buried in a mass grave has been identified in the Netherlands.

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Who's Who in 'You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah', Adam Sandler's Most Jewish Film Yet

Starring Jewish superstars Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel and Sarah Sherman, You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah tells the story of a young Jewish girl navigating the trials and tribulations of boys, school, and preparing for her bat mitzvah in an American suburb. Jewish director Sammi Cohen said she wanted the film to feel like a celebration of Jewish children and their rites of passage.

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