Community Intelligence Brief: March 29, 2023

March 29, 2023


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'Tour for Humanity' Stops in Sault Ste. Marie

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center's Tour for Humanity is visiting Sault Ste. Marie this week, visiting schools in the city and surrounding area to deliver human rights education to students. This week, the bus is delivering The Canadian Experience workshops to students, teaching them about important human rights topics in Canadian history - including the Residential School System, the MS St. Louis and the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War - and inspiring them to stand up against hate and bullying in their communities.

CTV News visited the bus earlier this week to capture students participating in one of the workshops.

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Windsor Educator Hopes to Highlight Jewish Contributions After Polish Trip

In an article from the Windsor Star, Amina Abdulle recalls her experiences as a participant in FSWC’s latest Compassion to Action trip to Poland. Abdulle, the equity consultant at the Greater Essex County District School Board, reflected on the importance of education on the Holocaust and Jewish history in schools, as well as her commitment to bringing lessons of her trip to her community.

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Jewish Community Wants Action After Montreal Synagogue Defaced with Swastikas

Montreal's mayor has been urged to take more action against antisemitism after a historic synagogue was found vandalized with swastikas. FSWC and other Jewish organizations, along with local and national political leaders, denounced the graffiti, with FSWC stating, "This vile act shows us that Jew-hatred is alive and well in Canada, and it's time for allies to join the Jewish community in confronting it."

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FSWC Applauds Canadian Government’s Newly Announced Plan to Fight Upsurge in Hate and Discrimination

Today, FSWC welcomed proposed investments the Government of Canada announced in its 2023 federal budget to combat hate and discrimination, including increased funding for a security program to protect Jewish and other community institutions and additional support for Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy to fight all forms of racism, including antisemitism.

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Police in Nova Scotia Town Investigate After Man Seen with Nazi Flag Draped Over Back

Police in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia have identified a man seen riding around town on an e-bike with a Nazi flag draped over his back. "Sadly, Bridgewater is joining many other cities and towns that are discovering there is nothing that prohibits the most reprehensible display of the Nazi emblem and flags in Canada," said Canadian MP Peter Julian, who has put forward a bill to ban the display and sale of hate symbols such as the swastika.

"Whether it's in a big city or a small town, the public display of hate symbols such as the Nazi flag must be outlawed," FSWC stated in an online post. "We support MP Peter Julian's bill to ban the display and sale of symbols that promote hatred."

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Poland Honours Citizens Who Helped Jews During Holocaust

Last Friday, Polish President Andrzej Duda participated in nationwide observances to honour Poles who risked their lives trying to save Jewish people from the Holocaust during Nazi Germany's occupation of Poland. The president spoke at a memorial site in Markowa where members of the Ulma family were murdered by Nazis in March 1944 for hiding eight Jews at their farm.

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Nick Cannon Addresses His Past Antisemitic Comments, Calls Backlash a ‘Growth Moment’

In a recent interview, Nick Cannon reflected on his history of antisemitic comments and what he learned following public backlash. "That process was a growth moment for me, on so many levels as a man," said Cannon, who cited his podcast Solutions: To Hate or Not To Hate with the Anti-Defamation League CEO as a way he’s shown growth on the issue. "We voice our side, or the perspective as a Black man, and then he voices his side from a Jewish man. Just even that alone is helpful and educational for both communities."

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Billionaire Robert Kraft Launches Antisemitism Awareness Campaign

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has launched a $25 million StandUpToJewishHate campaign to raise awareness of rising antisemitism in the U.S. through his Foundation to Combat Antisemitism. The campaign will be discussed on NBC’s The Voice and promoted by the NBA, NHL and NFL.

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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