Community Intelligence Brief: December 27, 2023

December 27, 2023


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October 7th Dominates SWC 2023 Top Ten Global Worst Antisemitic Incidents

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has released its annual Top Ten Global Worst Antisemitic Incidents, with the Hamas terror group's invasion of southern Israel and murder of more than 1,200 Israelis on Oct. 7 - the worst atrocity perpetrated against the Jewish people since the Holocaust - topping the list this year.

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New Guest Guidelines Circulating After MPs Applauded Man Who Fought for Nazis

Draft guidelines on the recognition of guests in Canada's House of Commons have been circulated to all House leaders and other officers of Parliament. This comes after a Nazi war veteran received a standing ovation in the House of Commons, sparking outrage over MP and former House Speaker Anthony Rota's decision to invite and recognize the man as a "hero."

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'Long Live the Intifada!' Roads Blocked, Flags Stomped by 'Cancel Christmas' Protests

Over the weekend, a crowd marched through downtown Toronto chanting "intifada," and another group waving Palestinian flags reportedly blocked an overpass and two approaches to Toronto's Highway 401. The demonstrations were part of a "no Xmas as usual" campaign launched by an anti-Israel group that has publicly expressed support for the destruction of Israel and the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

In response to the Toronto demonstration that called for "intifada," FSWC stated in an online post, "Amid surging hate crimes targeting Jews in Toronto, it's appalling to see another rally in our city inciting hate and violence. These chants calling for intifada - violence and terror against Israel's Jewish people - are anything but peaceful; they’re hateful. Such incitement has no place on our city’s streets."

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Kanye West Apologizes to Jewish Community for Antisemitic Remarks

American artist Kanye West, known as Ye, issued an apology yesterday for his antisemitic remarks, writing on Instagram in Hebrew, "I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unplanned outburst.... It was not my intent to hurt or disrespect, and I very much regret any pain I may have caused."

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'The Safest Place to Be Jewish': 2,600 People Have Moved to Israel Since Hamas Invaded

Israeli authorities say more than 2,600 people have chosen to move to Israel over the past two months despite the ongoing war, with some having accelerated their immigration following Oct. 7. Nefesh B’Nefesh, which has facilitated aliyah for 384 people from the US and Canada since the start of the war, said there has been a more than 100 per cent increase in aliyah applications, with Israel's Immigration Minister Ofir Sofer attributing the surge in immigration to "growing antisemitism around the world and solidarity with Israel."

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