Community Intelligence Brief: March 22, 2023

March 22, 2023


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Antisemitic Tweets Soared on Twitter After Musk Took Over, Study Finds

A new report published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and CASM Technology found that the average weekly number of antisemitic tweets more than doubled after Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform.

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Digital Terror, Hate Report Card Shows Failure of Social Media Platforms to Curb Online Hate

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has released its 2023 Digital Terrorism + Hate Report Card, grading the failure of social media platforms to tackle online hate. The report exposes TikTok for being a “rabbit hole” of hate, Telegram as the platform of choice for the most dangerous elements of the far-right movement, Twitter for mainstreaming hate since Elon Musk’s takeover and more.

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Compassion to Action: Reflections on a Journey in Holocaust Education

Last week, FSWC held the first-ever Compassion to Action for Educators journey through Poland with 24 educators from across Ontario. Participants gained a deeper understanding of the history of the Holocaust along with how to integrate this learning into our Canadian classrooms.

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Antisemitic and Homophobic Graffiti Found on Walls of Hamilton School

Hamilton police are investigating after antisemitic and homophobic graffiti was discovered on the walls of a school in the Stoney Creek community earlier this week. This comes after the City of Hamilton saw a record number of hate crimes in 2021.

FSWC has contacted the school, offering educational programs to ensure students and staff understand the meaning and impact of such hateful graffiti.

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U of T Jewish Students Call for Adoption of IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

University of Toronto students Yotam Gubbay and Yardena Rosenblum have written a letter in response to an opinion piece published in January 2023, "Opinion: U of T’s rejection of IHRA’s definition of antisemitism is a step forward," expressing their concern with the debate of adopting the IHRA definition.

FSWC commends these two students for writing this opinion piece and standing up for the Jewish community on campus. We believe that the adoption of the IHRA definition would give Jewish students on campus a voice to define the hatred they face.

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New Brunswick Jewish Community Sees Growth for 1st Time in 30 years

According to census data, New Brunswick's Jewish population has grown for the first time in 30 years. In 2021, 1,000 residents identified as Jewish, up from 620 in 2011 and the first increase since 1991 that "was only a blip on an otherwise downward trajectory."

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These Holocaust Survivors Were Once Classmates in a DP Camp. They Just Reunited After 76 Years.

Michael Epstein and Abe Rosenberg hadn’t seen each other since they were children in 1947, and the way they found their way back to each other is a story of pure chance. While filming his testimony, Michael Epstein showed a picture of himself in his class in 1947. The videographer recognized the photograph from an interview he previously filmed the year before with Abe Rosenberg. Once the connection was made, Michael and his daughters knew they had to make a reunion happen.

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Israel Soars to 4th Place in Global Happiness List

Israel ranked in fourth place in the World Happiness Report released Monday, which ranks 137 countries based on residents' own assessment of their situation. This is Israel's highest position since the UN-sponsored index began publication in 2012.

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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