Community Intelligence Brief: June 28, 2023

June 28, 2023


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Germany Opens Biggest Jewish Educational and Cultural Complex Since the Holocaust

"We’re changing the narrative about Jews in Germany," said Berlin Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, who had a dream of building Germany’s biggest Jewish educational and cultural complex since the Holocaust. "Our Jewish campus is about the future, it’s about joy, about studying and living together." The complex, spread over 8,000 square meters, officially opened last Sunday.

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Antisemitism Levels Remain High in Germany Amid Fears of Right-Wing Surge

According to an annual report from Germany’s Federal Association of Research and Information Centers on Antisemitism, 2,480 antisemitic incidents occurred nationwide in 2022, constituting a nine per cent decrease from 2021 but also a 26 per cent increase from 2020. A similar trend was seen in the Netherlands.

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Chatham-Kent Police Looking for Person Who Drew Swastika Graffiti

Chatham-Kent police have asked for the public's help in identifying a person after several swastikas were drawn on vehicles, business doors and signs in Chatham, Ontario last week.

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Antisemitic, Anti-Black Graffiti Found on Peterborough Catholic Elementary School

The Peterborough Police Service is investigating after antisemitic and anti-Black graffiti was discovered on St. Paul's Catholic Elementary School on Monday morning. A custodian had discovered the graffiti in several locations on the exterior of the school prior to the beginning of the school day, after which staff quickly covered it up before students arrived.

FSWC has been in touch with the school to offer support as well as offer our educational programs for students and staff.

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Neo-Nazis Terrorize Jewish Community by Brandishing Swastika Flags Outside Georgia Synagogue

Videos and photos surfaced this week of a disturbing display of swastikas outside a synagogue in East Cobb, Georgia during its Shabbat service. The leader of the neo-Nazi Goyim Defense League was arrested the day before at a synagogue in Macon, Georgia for disorderly conduct and public disturbance.

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Roseanne Barr Faces Backlash for Holocaust Comments: ‘Sarcasm or Not, It’s Reprehensible and Irresponsible’

Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr came under fire this week after her remarks on the Holocaust during a podcast episode. While discussing the current social and political climate, she used Holocaust denial as a means to support her tirade against “mandated truths.” She was heard stating that "nobody died in the Holocaust" and "six million Jews should die right now."

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Program for Institutions at Risk from Hate Crimes Expanded to Shelters

FSWC welcomes today's announcement by Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino on the Canadian government's newly expanded Security Infrastructure Program, which provides $5 million in funding annually to improve security at community institutions at risk of hate incidents. Community organizations, including community centres, educational institutions and places of worship, can apply for funding until August 31.

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Gal Gadot to Receive a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Israeli actress Gal Gadot will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one of 31 professionals in the fields of entertainment in film, television and radio who will receive a star in their name on Hollywood Boulevard during the year 2024. She is the first Israeli actress to be honoured with this achievement.

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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

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