Community Intelligence Brief: March 15, 2023

March 15, 2023


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How Should a Community Respond to the Threat of Violence?

FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt speaks on the Day of Hate and how we should respond to movements and incidents like these in his latest Toronto Star article, “How should a community respond to the threat of violence?” He highlights the importance of allies during these times as well.

“The Day of Hate was a sham, but it’s one that, in our current context, was all too plausible. Indeed, the next time, it might prove far more ominous.”

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FSWC Addresses MPP Candidate’s Antisemitism with Ontario NDP

Today, FSWC met with recently elected Ontario NDP leader Marit Stiles for a frank discussion on antisemitism linked to her party’s candidate in tomorrow’s Hamilton Centre byelection, Sarah Jama.

During the meeting, FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt brought up two incidents involving Jama that have sparked anger and concerns in the Jewish community. He expressed disappointment over the failure of the Ontario NDP leadership and Jama to publicly acknowledge the harm done, apologize and communicate a commitment to confront antisemitism within party ranks despite this being but the latest in a spate of antisemitic incidents in the party in recent years.

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The Hidden Hate on Campus

"Perpetrators almost never face punishment."

Data gathered by the Toronto Star and Investigative Journalism Bureau reveals a growing trend of hate incidents on campus and the failure of administrations to take action. According to data gathered from more than two dozen universities and colleges, there have been more than 500 incidents of hate-motivated vandalism, harassment or violence since 2014.

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McGill University's Deep Ties with Iran's Murderous Regime

In a National Post piece, Benjamin Weinthal and Charles Asher Small discuss McGill University's ties with the Iranian regime-controlled Tehran University, stating the Montreal-based university "continues to mainstream lethal antisemitism through its partnership."

"McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies is now in a position to deliver a crystal-clear message — that it will no longer partner with an institution controlled by a regime that arrested Bayani and actively seeks the destruction of the world’s largest Jewish community in the State of Israel — by closing its branch in Tehran," they write.

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White Supremacist Propaganda Hit Record Levels In 2022, ADL Says

In a report published last week, the Anti-Defamation League revealed that white supremacist propaganda hit record levels in the U.S. in 2022, recording 6,751 white propaganda incidents across the country - a nearly 40 per cent jump from 2021. Antisemitic propaganda incidents more than doubled last year, rising from 352 incidents in 2021 to 852 in 2022.

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UNRWA Continues to Teach and Spread Hate to Palestinians, Report States

According to a new report published by UN Watch and IMPACT-SE yesterday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) continues to employ teachers who spread hate and incite violence, despite repeated reports warning of the antisemitism in the UN agency.

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Long Ignored, Greek Holocaust Survivors Finally Tell Their Story

Today, Greece marks the 80th anniversary of the first deportations of thousands of Greek Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Less than one in 20 of Thessaloniki’s 50,000 Jews survived the Holocaust, and today fewer than a dozen Holocaust survivors are still alive in Greece. One of the survivors, Naki Bega, shares her story.

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Lenka Lichtenberg Just Won a Juno with Her Grandmother’s Holocaust Poems

Lenka Lichtenberg found her grandmother's poems, written in 1942-1943, by accident recently, turning the haunting wartime verses into an album called Thieves of Dreams. Last Saturday, the Junos announced that the album won best Global Music Album of the year.

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Palestinian Basketball Player Joins Women’s Israeli Premier League in Historic First

A 22-year-old from Bethlehem has made history by becoming the first female Palestinian basketball player to join Israel's Premier League, saying, "The bar is much higher in Israel, I really wanted to play here." She made her debut in late February as part of the team ASA Jerusalem.

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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