Community Intelligence Brief: March 13, 2024

March 13, 2024


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Monument Honouring Nazi Soldiers Removed from Private Cemetery in Oakville, Ont.

Over the weekend, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) issued a statement welcoming the news that a monument honouring Ukrainian soldiers who served in the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, a Nazi military unit, has been removed from the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery in Oakville, Ont. This follows years of advocacy by FSWC and other organizations representing the Jewish community.

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Premier Meets Jewish Leaders and Vows to 'Root Out' Antisemitism in BC

British Columbia Premier David Eby recently met with leaders of several Jewish groups, stating afterward that he heard "devastating" accounts of antisemitism and vows to work together to "root out" the problem. The meeting came after Jewish MLA Selina Robinson announced that she was resigning from the BC NDP caucus, citing antisemitism among her colleagues and indifference to the problem.

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Man Faces Hatred, Threat Charges for Alleged Antisemitic Incident in Vancouver

A 33-year-old man is facing charges of wilful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group and uttering threats after he allegedly defaced a poster of a Jewish hostage and uttered antisemitic threats last October. "We will not tolerate actions, behaviour or speech that promotes hatred, and we hope this sends a clear message about how committed we are to investigating all hate crimes," said Vancouver Police Department Const. Tania Visintin.

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Holocaust Survivors' Foundation President Condemns Jonathan Glazer's Oscars Speech: 'Morally Indefensible'

In a public letter, Holocaust survivor and Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA president David Schaecter condemned The Zone of Interest director Jonathan Glazer for his divisive Oscar acceptance speech that linked his film’s Holocaust subject matter to criticism of Israel’s ongoing Gaza conflict. "I watched in anguish Sunday night when I heard you use the platform of the Oscars ceremony to equate Hamas’ maniacal brutality against innocent Israelis with Israel’s difficult but necessary self-defense in the face of Hamas’ ongoing barbarity. Your comments were factually inaccurate and morally indefensible," wrote the 94-year-old.

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US Government Delegation Cuts Short Saudi Trip After Rabbi Is Asked to Remove Kippah

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom said it cut short its visit to Saudi Arabia after its chair, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who is also the Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was told to remove his kippah while visiting Diriyah, a historic town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and anytime he was to be in public.

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Most Countries Have Made 'Little or No Progress' in Returning Nazi-Looted Art, Report Finds

More than half of the countries that signed a declaration endorsing the Washington Principles — a set of standards meant to guide the return of art looted by the Nazis — have made "little or no progress" in returning stolen property in the 25 years since the principles were drafted, according to a new report released by the World Jewish Restitution Organization on Tuesday.

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South Africa Threatens to Arrest Dual Citizens Serving in IDF

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor announced on Saturday that the country would arrest dual nationals serving in the Israel Defense Forces upon their return to South Africa. This comes after the country pushed forward a case in the Hague against Israel, accusing the country of committing genocide.

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Music Video for 'Hurricane,' Israel’s Eurovision Entry, Released After Changes That Tone Down References to Oct. 7

Israel has released a video for its Eurovision Song Contest entry, "Hurricane," a reworking of an earlier song called "October Rain" that was rejected for being too political. Key themes of the song, to be performed by the singer Eden Golan, have changed, though some allusions to the October 7 attack remain.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

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