Community Intelligence Brief: February 14, 2024

February 14, 2024


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Demonstration at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital Called ‘Reprehensible’

Yesterday, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) denounced an anti-Israel protest held outside Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, a hospital established in the 1920s by a group of Jewish women against the backdrop of antisemitism. Leaders at all levels of government - including Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - spoke out against the unlawful demonstration.

"This was a deliberate attempt to intimidate not only the Jewish community, but also patients and staff at a hospital that serves people of all backgrounds," FSWC said in an online post. "Completely reprehensible and shameful."

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CUPE on the Hot Seat Again for Targeting Jewish Group at York U

In Michael Levitt’s latest Toronto Star column, he discusses CUPE's "Toolkit on Teaching Palestine" that called on York University TAs to divert tutorials to teach about "Palestinian liberation" and how Jewish students on campus are feeling increasingly targeted and ostracized. "At a time when all of us should be striving to build back the bridges between Muslims and Jews and others, focusing on common ground, CUPE seems to be looking to polarize and divide with such inflammatory conduct," writes Levitt.

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Jewish Canadian Politician Fired, Gets Death Threat After Snark About Pre-Zionist Palestine

The recent removal of a Jewish MLA from the BC cabinet and vandalism of her constituency office "reflects how fallout from the Israel-Hamas war, now in its fifth month, continues to spread far beyond the region as tensions soar between Jews and Muslims on Canada’s west coast," writes FSWC's very own Robert Sarner in the Times of Israel.

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Speaker Suggests More Guest Screenings After MPs Applauded Man Who Fought for Nazis

Nearly five months after parliamentarians unwittingly applauded a Nazi war veteran in the House of Commons, the House Speaker's suggestions on how to avoid such a debacle were presented during a parliamentary hearing yesterday.  One proposal included screening the reputations of certain guests who are to be recognized in the chamber.

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Fears Among U.S. Jews Over Safety and Antisemitism Surge, Survey Finds

Nearly two-thirds of American Jews feel less secure in the U.S. than they did a year ago, according to a new national survey conducted by the American Jewish Committee. The same survey also found one-quarter of American Jews said they have been the target of antisemitism in the past year, and almost half of those who responded to the survey said they had altered their behavior during the past year to avoid antisemitism.

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‘No Words to Describe Our Joy’: Rescued Hostages Hail Special Forces Who Saved Them

Rescued hostages Fernando Marman, 61, and Louis Har, 70, expressed their profound gratitude to the special forces that worked to free them after 129 of captivity. In a message to his rescuers, Har said he's thankful for "every hug, every word you said to us… that wrapped us in affection and the feeling that we were home."

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Scooter Braun, Emmy Rossum and Helen Mirren Among 400 Stars Supporting Israel’s Inclusion in Eurovision

An open letter supporting Israel's inclusion in this year's Eurovision Song Contest has been signed by 400 celebrities and industry executives, including Helen Mirren, Mayim Bialik, Gene Simmons and Scooter Braun. While there's been no suggestion the European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the annual singing competition, has any intention of barring Israel from the event, several fringe voices have called for a ban.

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