Community Intelligence Brief: November 1, 2023

November 1, 2023


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Open Hatred of Jews Surges Globally, Inflamed by Gaza War

Antisemitic incidents have surged globally since the attack by Hamas terrorists on southern Israel on Oct. 7 and the subsequent war on the terror group launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip. Major incidents have included a man screaming "kill Jews" attempting to break into a family's home in Los Angeles, girls in a London playground being told they are "stinking Jews" and social media posts likening Jews to parasites, vampires or snakes in China.

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Ontario Expands Holocaust Education for High School Students

The Ontario government announced today that it is expanding Holocaust education in high schools. Starting in September 2025, the compulsory Grade 10 History course will  “explicitly link the Holocaust to extreme political ideologies, including fascism, antisemitism in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s, and the contemporary impacts of rising antisemitism.” The province also announced $650,000 in investments in community partnerships, including Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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B.C. Government Plans to Mandate Holocaust Education in High Schools

The Government of British Columbia and Premier David Eby announced their commitment to make Holocaust education mandatory in high schools. According to a statement issued Monday by the Office of the Premier, the B.C. government will be broadening the scope of the required Grade 10 social studies curriculum to “ensure that when learning about discriminatory policies and injustices in Canada and around the world, all students in B.C. will also learn about the Holocaust.”

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Seeing Images of Antisemitism Online? Kids Are Learning Why That’s Hurtful

Daniel Tetui, 10, says he’s seen videos of people on social media doing a salute that he thought was “normal.” Now Daniel and his classmates are learning that the salute is actually a symbol of Nazism. CBC Kids News recently spoke with several students who experienced FSWC's Tour for Humanity mobile education centre, discussing the lessons they gained from learning about the Holocaust.

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Jewish Students at York University Sound Alarm Over Increasing Antisemitism on Campus

Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, Jewish students at universities across Ontario have become targets of hate, including at York University. Hillel Ontario has been tracking antisemitic and anti-Zionist incidents at the nine universities it represents, including York, TMU, U of T, the Universities of Guelph, Waterloo, McMaster, Western, Queens and Laurier, for about five years, said Jay Solomon, chief advancement officer of Hillel Ontario. But over the last few weeks, there’s been a “significant uptick in incidents.” And not just from students, he said, but also their parents, university staff and even faculty.

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FSWC Calls on Canadian Government to Address Alarming Rise in Antisemitism on University Campuses

In a letter to Minister of Public Safety Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities Kamal Khera, FSWC called for the Canadian government to convene an Emergency Task Force for On-Campus Antisemitism to help tackle growing and increasingly toxic antisemitism on university campuses and ensure the safety of Jewish students and staff.

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'Appalling': Antisemitic Graffiti Plastered on Local Family's Home

Graffiti reading ‘Jews Die,’ ‘Slaughter,’ and other hateful messages were recently painted on their garage and the side of Ryan Merovitz’s family home, and a threatening note claiming his family will die was taped to their garbage bin. “We’re in Canada. We’re not at war. We’re just a family trying to live like everybody else,” Merovitz, who lives in Washago, Ont., told Orillia Matters.

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Israel’s New Envoy on Antisemitism Has Harsh Words for Canada After Its Abstention in a UN Vote on the War with Hamas

Ahead of her first visit to Canada as Israel’s newly-appointed Special Envoy on Combatting Antisemitism, Michal Cotler-Wunsh, who will be delivering a briefing on the latest increase in antisemitism and the current situation in Israel at FSWC's Spirit of Hope gala tomorrow, had strong criticism of the Trudeau government’s decision to abstain last week on a vote at the United Nations’ General Assembly about the Israel-Hamas war.

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Hundreds Storm Airport in Russia in Antisemitic Riot Over Arrival of Plane from Israel

Hundreds of people stormed into the main airport in Russia's Dagestan region and onto the landing field Sunday, chanting antisemitic slogans and seeking passengers arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, Russian news agencies and social media reported.

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France Vows a 'Merciless Fight' Against Antisemitism After Anti-Jewish Graffiti Is Found in Paris

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Tuesday vowed a “merciless fight” against surging antisemitism after residents of the French capital discovered anti-Jewish graffiti on buildings in several districts.

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Yad Vashem Opens School for Evacuated Children

Yad Vashem said it is converting part of its facility to a school in order to create a learning environment for 300 student evacuees from communities near the Gaza border, "so that they could resume regular educational activities despite the ongoing war." Some 50 Yad Vashem staff members have volunteered to assist, the organization says.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

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