Community Intelligence Brief: January 11, 2023

January 11, 2023


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United Arab Emirates Says It Will Teach Holocaust in Schools

The United Arab Emirates embassy in the U.S. announced that the country will begin teaching about the Holocaust in history classes in primary and secondary schools across the country. This comes after the UAE signed the Abraham Accords peace agreement to normalize relations with Israel in 2020.

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Two Students Charged with Hate Crimes in Ottawa High School Swastika Incident

Ottawa police have charged two high school students with public incitement of hatred, mischief and criminal harassment in connection with an incident that occurred last month. On December 1, two Jewish students were called into a room, where they found a swastika painted on the floor, after which another student made a Nazi salute gesture.

FSWC has been in touch with the Ottawa school about education to ensure students understand the history and impact of antisemitism.

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Jewish Groups Working Together to Stop Amazon from Facilitating Sales of Hateful Items

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, B'nai Brith Canada and Liberation75 have united in a vigorous campaign to prevent Amazon Canada from continuing the sale of hateful and appalling items on its website. Items include Hitler and Nazi images, Holocaust-themed prints and Jewish ritual items presented as beachwear.

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Israel at 75: The Ancient Love Story Between the Jewish people and Their Homeland

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Israel's founding this year, the National Post has launched a five-month celebration, telling the story of the Jewish state. The latest piece dives into the history of the Jewish people, Zionism and Israel.

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German Zoo Gets $26 Million from Widow of Animal-Loving Holocaust Survivor

Elizabeth Reichert, who was part of the local anti-Nazi resistance network during the Holocaust, willed $26 million to a zoo in Cologne, Germany - a city whose residents were credited for saving her husband during the war.

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Growing Antisemitism in the US Is Seeping Into the Workplace

A 2022 study published in the academic journal Socius surveying 11,356 workers of all faiths found that more than half of the Jewish respondents experienced discrimination at work. Bloomberg News spoke with a dozen Jewish workers in various industries, many of whom expressed a sense of increasing discrimination in their daily work lives.

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Menorahs and Tableware Hidden from Nazis: Polish Builders Uncover Jewish WWII Trove

About 400 items believed to have been hidden in the ground by their Jewish owners during World War II have been accidentally uncovered during home renovation work in a yard in Lodz in central Poland.

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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