Community Intelligence Brief: February 8, 2023

February 8, 2023


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‘Hate Against One of Us Is Hate Against Us All’: King City Students Learn About Dangers of Hate, Intolerance

“We know that hate against one of us is hate against us all,” said FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt during a Tour for Humanity visit to King City last month, emphasizing the importance of Holocaust education as social media increasingly misinforms young people and fuels hate and discrimination.

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Obituary: Saul Feldberg, 87, Built an International Furniture Business, Creating Jobs in Canada and Israel

Saul Feldberg, a Holocaust survivor and the man behind Canada's largest furniture manufacturing business, will always be remembered for his contribution to Canadian society, receiving the Order of Canada in 2018 in recognition of his entrepreneurial success and philanthropy. Saul is survived by his wife, four children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. May his memory be a blessing.

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International Lawmakers Push Social Media Platforms for Changes on Antisemitism Policies

This week, co-chairs of the International Interparliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Canadian MP Anthony Housefather and former Member of the Knesset Michal Cotler-Wunsh - wrote a letter to officials at major social media companies calling on them to answer questions unaddressed at a hearing that took place several months ago and commit to a series of recommendations by March 15.

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IDF to Set Up Field Hospital in Turkey; Israel’s Search and Rescue Team Starts Work

An Israel Defense Forces delegation - comprising search and rescue experts, military medics, and Health Ministry doctors, nurses, and paramedics - was set to depart to Turkey this morning to treat those injured in the devastating earthquake that has now killed more than 12,000 people. The IDF dispatched an initial delegation on Monday evening, followed by a larger 150-person one early Tuesday morning.

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Chad Opens Embassy in Israel 5 Years After Renewing Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chad President Mehmet Déby inaugurated the African country's embassy in Israel last Thursday. The historic move came five years after the two countries restored diplomatic ties.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Greater Than Any Basketball Record

While his NBA scoring record was broken last night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "legacy of activism and his expansion of Black athlete identity endure," writes Kurt Streeter in The New York Times, spotlighting how the NBA legend paved the way for other athletes looking to make an impact off the court.

Last fall, Kareem was recognized at FSWC's Spirit of Hope benefit for his social justice and human rights advocacy and allyship against antisemitism.

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Joe Rogan Draws Backlash For Antisemitic Comments—Spotify Silent On Latest Controversy From Its Biggest Podcaster

Joe Rogan, whose podcast has ranked as the most listened to on Spotify since 2021, is facing criticism this week after saying “the idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous” on Saturday’s episode of his podcast. The remark was made while he was defending U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar who was removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week over antisemitic tweets.

"The ease with which Joe Rogan peddles this vile antisemitic trope is sickening," FSWC's Michael Levitt tweeted today. "It rolls off his tongue. Damage is exacerbated by fact that he reaches tens of millions who take his words as gospel. Joe, it’s time to unequivocally apologize and take it back. Your words caused harm."

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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