Community Intelligence Brief: March 20, 2024

March 20, 2024


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FSWC Condemns Latest ‘Cancellation’ of Jewish Voices Following Decision by Hamilton Theatre

In a statement issued today, FSWC denounced a Hamilton theatre’s decision to reverse its commitment to host the city’s Jewish Film Festival this year, in the latest example of an organization yielding to threats and intimidation from anti-Israel activists.

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Vaughan to Consider Bylaw That Prohibits Protests Within 100 Metres of Places of Worship

Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca announced this week that he will be bringing forward a resolution to Vaughan City Council to prohibit demonstrations that are "intended to intimidate, incite hatred, violence or discrimination" within 100 metres of places of worship, schools, childcare centres and hospitals. "The right to protest is fundamental to what it means to be Canadian. But this right is not unlimited," said Del Duca.

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FSWC Dismayed by Passage of Divisive Motion in House of Commons that Harms Canada-Israel Relations

FSWC is deeply disturbed by the passage of a non-binding amended motion put forward by the NDP that undermines Canada’s longstanding Middle East foreign policy vis-à-vis Israel. "It does nothing to ease the humanitarian challenges facing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians in the aftermath of the October 7 attacks and amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, nor help advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process," FSWC said in a statement.

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Toronto Councillor Speaks Out After Receiving 'Highly-Offensive, Profanity-Laced' Voicemail

Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak has spoken out after he received an antisemitic voicemail message that is now being investigated by police. A 64-year-old Markham resident has been charged with uttering threats, indecent communication and criminal harassment in connection with the incident.

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Judge Renews Injunction on Protests Outside Jewish Buildings in Montreal

A judge has renewed an injunction issued earlier this month to bar protests within 50 metres of six Jewish community buildings, including the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue and the Federation CJA building, which were the recent targets of anti-Israel demonstrations.

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Over 1,000 Jewish Creatives and Professionals Have Now Denounced Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Zone of Interest’ Oscars Speech in Open Letter

More than 1,000 Jewish creatives, executives and Hollywood professionals have signed an open letter denouncing director Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest Oscar speech. "We refute our Jewishness being hijacked for the purpose of drawing a moral equivalence between a Nazi regime that sought to exterminate a race of people, and an Israeli nation that seeks to avert its own extermination," the letter reads.

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Testimonies from Oct. 7 Attack on Israel Are Now Part of Steven Spielberg's Holocaust Archive

The Shoah Foundation, established by filmmaker Steven Spielberg as a way of preserving the stories of Holocaust survivors, has recently expanded its archive to include testimonies from victims of acts of antisemitism committed after the Second World War, including those who survived the Oct. 7 Hamas-led massacre in southern Israel as well as relatives of those who were killed or taken hostage.

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Israel Establishes an Annual Commemoration of the Oct. 7 Attack — but Not on Oct. 7

The Israeli government has unanimously approved a yearly memorial day on the Hebrew calendar: the 24th of Tishrei. The announcement of the annual commemoration adds that this year and this year only, there will also be an official state ceremony on Oct. 7 itself, as that date "has been etched in the consciousness of people in Israel and around the world."

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