Community Intelligence Brief: August 9, 2023

August 9, 2023


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Quebec Office to Open in Israel, First in the Middle East

Quebec has announced that it will be opening an office in Tel Aviv, Israel, the government's first office in the Middle East. Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Martine Biron, said Quebec and Israel have maintained relations for more than 60 years, and this new establishment will strengthen governmental and institutional relationships in the fields of research and innovation.

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‘A National Hero’: Funeral Held for Patrolman Killed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Friends and family gathered in southern Israel on Sunday to pay their final respects to Chen Amir, a municipal patrolman who was killed in a terror attack in Tel Aviv. “You’re a national hero who sacrificed his body, our personal hero who we miss so much,” Amir's widow said during her eulogy.

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Fortnite Is Getting an Unofficial Holocaust Museum

Independent game designer Luc Bernard has been building the virtual Voices of the Forgotten Museum to offer Fortnite video game users the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust, saying more people can be reached by finding them where they are - including in the virtual world. Players will be able to walk its halls to learn about the Nazi genocide against Jews as well as the resistance fighters and other heroes.

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Softball and Swastikas: How Canada's Worst Antisemitism Riot Played Out at Christie Pits

Next week will mark the 90th anniversary of the August 1933 Christie Pits Riot, which Stephen Dame calls "Canada's worst incident of civil unrest" that was sparked by antisemitism, sharing the story of the riot in the National Post.

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Rare Video Footage of Jews From Train Leaving Bergen-Belsen Unearthed

Filmed by American soldiers in April 1945, the rare video footage shows the liberation of Holocaust survivors on one of the three trains that had departed from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Footage of the liberation was recently found in the U.S. National Archives and made available online.

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Where Did 20,000 Jews Hide from the Holocaust? In Shanghai

In the late 1930s, Shanghai was one place where Jewish refugees could go without obtaining a visa and that was tolerant of immigrants. The city would go on to harbour some 20,000 Jews from Europe before and during the Second World War, who were ultimately forced by the Japanese army into one working-class district, where crowded, unsanitary conditions led to disease spreading rapidly.

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German Soccer Team Partners With California Jewish School to Memorialize Children Killed in Holocaust

Borussia Dortmund, a German soccer team, partnered with San Diego Jewish Academy a few weeks ago by joining with students to paint ceramic butterflies as part of The Butterfly Project, commemorating the 1.5 million children murdered in the Holocaust. The team manager and players painted ceramic butterflies in honour of children originally from Westphalia, the German region where Dortmund is located.

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Jamie Foxx Apologizes for ‘Fake Friends’ Post, Denies Antisemitism

Actor Jamie Foxx apologized Saturday for an Instagram post that has drawn accusations of antisemitism, stating, "I now know my choice of words have caused offense and I’m sorry. That was never my intent."

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Meet the Israeli-American Mattel CEO Who Made ‘Barbie’ a Movie Star

Ynon Kreiz grew up in Ramat Gan and studied at Tel Aviv University before moving to Los Angeles, becoming the CEO of Mattel in 2018 and steering the company's path to the film Barbie. He says his Israeli background has always been a big part of his identity.

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Israeli-Canadian Billionaire Sylvan Adams Wins Cycling World Championship in Scotland

Israeli-Canadian billionaire and philanthropist Sylvan Adams finished first in the Masters 65-69 age group at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland, as well as finished first in his age bracket in the championship’s individual time trial. He said this victory holds extra significance because it is his first world championship as an Israeli cyclist, having previously competed under the Canadian flag.

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