Community Intelligence Brief: June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023


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‘How Do I Go On?’ Funerals Held for 4 Israelis Killed in West Bank Terror Attack

Four Israelis killed in yesterday's terror shooting in the central West Bank were buried last night and today, with hundreds of mourners in attendance. Harel Masood, 21, Elisha Anteman, 17, Ofer Fayerman, 64, and Nachman Mordoff, 17, were at a restaurant and an adjacent gas station when a pair of armed Palestinians opened fire, killing them and injuring four others.

Our deepest condolences go out to all of the families and loved ones of Nachman, Elisha, Harel and Ofer. May their memories be a blessing.

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Gunman Found Guilty in Deadliest Attack on Jewish People in U.S. History

The gunman in the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh was handed a guilty verdict in a courtroom last week. Jurors deliberated for five hours over two days before reaching the verdict, convicting him of all 63 counts in the murder of 11 Jewish worshippers, including hate crimes resulting in death and obstruction of the free exercise of religion resulting in death.

"After a long-awaited trial, justice has finally prevailed," FSWC stated in an online post. "The horrific 2018 massacre of worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh shook Jews around the world. It was yet another painful, tragic reminder that antisemitism is very much alive and of the murderous violence that can result when hate is left unchecked. We applaud today's guilty verdict as our thoughts are with the families of the 11 victims and the survivors."

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Germany to Give $1.4 Billion to Holocaust Survivors Globally in 2024

The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany announced last week that Germany has agreed to extend another $1.4 billion for Holocaust survivors around the globe for the coming year, including for home care and supportive services for frail and vulnerable survivors. “By expanding payments to these survivors, the German government is acknowledging that this suffering is still being felt deeply, both emotionally and financially,” the Claims Conference said in a statement.

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Neo-Nazi Teen Planned Mass Shooting At Michigan Synagogue, FBI Says

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a 19-year-old last Friday for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at a synagogue, after investigators discovered messages sent by the teen on social media that praised past mass shooters and spread neo-Nazi ideology. While executing a search warrant of his home, investigators also found weapons, tactical vests, gas masks and a Nazi flag.

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Ryanair Apologizes for 'Tel Aviv in Palestine' Flight Row

Ryanair's CEO apologized and affirmed that Israel is "an important partner" after a flight attendant announced that Tel Aviv is in Palestine. The apology came after Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote a letter expressing that it had received numerous complaints over the incident from its global members and calling on the airline to investigate the incident and apologize to airline passengers "insulted by a false narrative."

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U.S. Leads 27 Nations in Castigating an Anti-Israel UN Commission

Canada and dozens of other nations have signed a joint statement of concern over the UN Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry that's investigating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which delivered its latest report in Geneva yesterday. "We believe the nature of this COI [commission of inquiry] is further demonstration of long-standing, disproportionate attention given to Israel in the council, and must stop," the statement read.

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British MPs Welcome BDS Bill Banning Councils from Israeli Boycotts

A bill introduced in the UK Parliament earlier this week could bring fines to publicly-funded entities for trying to impose boycott or divestment campaigns against countries, including Israel. "It is simply wrong that public bodies have been wasting taxpayers’ time and money pursuing their own foreign policy agenda...These campaigns not only undermine the UK’s foreign policy but lead to appalling antisemitic rhetoric and abuse," said Michael Gove, the UK's Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

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An Inconspicuous Jewish Country Club Just Became the Site of Canadian Sports History

Founded in 1926 when private clubs had a strict "no Jews allowed" policy, Oakdale Golf and Country Club has kept a low profile until for the first time ever it hosted the PGA Tour's Canadian Open golf tournament, becoming the site of one of the biggest moments in Canadian sports history.

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