Community Intelligence Brief: January 25, 2023

January 25, 2023


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Montrealer Found Guilty of Promoting Hatred Against Jews

A Montreal man was found guilty this week of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews for a 2017 article he wrote for a neo-Nazi website, in which he called for "non-stop Nazism everywhere, until the very streets are flooded with the tears of our enemies" and referred to a Holocaust survivor as an "oven-dodger."

In a statement following the verdict, FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt said, "Following a long trial that included some troubling statements from the defence that minimized and distorted the Holocaust, the court has given the appropriate verdict for this case. Gabriel Sohier-Chaput clearly intended to incite hate and violence against Jewish people when he wrote his article and must finally face the consequences for his hateful actions."

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'Never Again' Oakville Students Calling on Canadians to Wear Blue on Jan. 27

Grade 7 students at St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School in Oakville, Ontario are calling on Canadians to join them in pledging "Never Again" and wearing blue to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, Jan. 27. The students were inspired to take action after hearing Holocaust survivor Andy Reti's testimony and presented the idea at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's Freedom Day event last fall.

We're so proud of these students who are standing up for Holocaust remembrance and against hate, and ask that you join us in supporting their initiative.

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The Holocaust Is Not Just Historical Fact, It Offers Lessons for a Better Tomorrow

"Education is the best antidote to the forces taking us backward into hate," writes Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter in a recently published Toronto Star piece, in which he shares the importance of teaching young people the lessons of the Holocaust to help eradicate all forms of hate and discrimination.

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Rio Holocaust Memorial Remembers Jewish Victims - and Others

Last Thursday, Rio de Janeiro opened the doors to a Holocaust Memorial that honours Jewish victims and other groups persecuted by the Nazi regime. The memorial is Brazil’s third Holocaust-focused institution inaugurated in just over a decade.

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Twitter Sued in Germany Over Vetting of Antisemitic Posts

HateAid and the European Union of Jewish Students have filed a lawsuit against Twitter in an effort to force the platform to remove antisemitic content.

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In the Netherlands, a Majority Do Not Know the Holocaust Affected Their Country

A recent study by the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany shows an alarming lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among people in the Netherlands. According to the study, a majority of Dutch respondents did not cite their own country as a place where the Holocaust took place and a majority did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

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‘Book of Names’ Listing All Known Holocaust Victims Put on Display at United Nations

Yad Vashem has set up a Book of Names display at the United Nations in New York ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The display contains 4.8 million names of the Holocaust victims researchers have identified, as well as blank pages symbolizing the victims’ names that have not yet been recovered.

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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