Community Intelligence Brief: February 15, 2023

February 15, 2023


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Canadian Heritage Changes Vetting Process for Anti-Racism Funds After Nixing Contract

On Monday, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage held a meeting, with members from all parties questioning Canadian Heritage over the Laith Marouf affair and processes it has implemented to prevent individuals who've espoused hateful views from receiving government funding. During the briefing, the Associate Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mala Khanna, outlined a series of changes - including additional vetting requirements and training for staff.

FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt told the Canadian Press that staff at the Canadian Heritage department need rigorous training so they can better understand and identify antisemitism, as well as it's imperative that staff remain committed to real and meaningful action so that someone who promotes antisemitic views “never receives another cent of Canadian taxpayer money.”

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Irwin Cotler: To Combat Antisemitism, We Must First Agree How to Define It

In an opinion piece in the National Post, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, Irwin Cotler, delves into the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, its history and the important role it plays in international efforts to combat antisemitism. "My hope for 2023 is that the Canadian jurisdictions that have not yet adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism will do so, and that the ones that have adopted it begin to implement and use it," he writes.

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Canadian Newspaper Slammed for Glorifying Nazi Sympathizer

Last week, FSWC was alarmed by the National Post's decision to publish an excerpt from a book that contains Holocaust distortion and requested to publish a rebuttal, which the newspaper has since agreed to. In the piece, Lubomyr Luciuk - who also distorted the Holocaust in an Ottawa Citizen piece published in December - glorifies the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and its leader Stepan Bandera, all of which collaborated with the Nazi regime during the Second World War.

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8-Year-Old Boy Critically Hurt in Jerusalem Attack Dies, a Day After Younger Brother

Six-year-old Yaakov Yisrael Paley and his eight-year-old brother Asher Menahem Paley and 20-year-old newlywed Alter Shlomo Lederman were the three victims killed in last Friday's horrific terror ramming attack at a bus stop in Jerusalem. Our thoughts are with the victims' loved ones and people of Israel during this painful time.

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Kanye West’s Antisemitism Directly Linked To Hateful Attacks, Report Says

A report published by the Anti-Defamation League has outlined the direct impact of rapper Kanye West's hateful rhetoric, claiming his antisemitic remarks caused more than 30 racist assaults and incidents of vandalism targeting Jewish people since October 2022.

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Antisemitism Worries Rising for Many U.S. Jews, Survey Finds

According to a new survey by the American Jewish Committee, conducted in 2022 and released Monday, more than four in 10 Jews in the U.S. feel their status in America is less secure than it was a year earlier. Four in five Jews said antisemitism has grown in the past five years, and nearly half said it’s taken less seriously than other forms of bigotry or hate.

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Madrid Offers to Partner with Tel Aviv After Barcelona Severs ‘Twin City’ Ties

Madrid's mayor has offered to become Tel Aviv's twin city after Barcelona's mayor cut ties with the Israeli city, citing what she said was “apartheid” in Israel. In a letter to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai last Thursday, Martínez-Almeida said the twinning is a “great opportunity to show Madrid’s commitment to strengthening relations with a democratic and a law-abiding state like Israel.”

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

If you would like to report antisemitism or news of concern to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, please email