Community Intelligence Brief: November 29, 2023

November 29, 2023


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York University Suspends at Least Three Employees After Charges in Indigo Store Vandalism

An associate professor and at least two other employees have been suspended by York University after they were arrested and charged in connection with the antisemitic vandalism of an Indigo store in Toronto. Colleagues and students held a walkout from class yesterday afternoon in protest of the suspensions.

"There must be no free pass for a criminal act that victimized not just a Jewish business owner, but also the Jewish community at large," FSWC said in an online statement. "At a time of rising antisemitism, this hateful act perpetrated on the anniversary of Kristallnacht caused fear and concern within the Jewish community. This is by no means about free speech; this is about the conduct of individuals who broke the law and are now being held accountable."

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Montreal Police Investigating After ‘Molotov Cocktail’ Thrown at Jewish Centre

Montreal police are investigating after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Jewish community centre and a Jewish school was vandalized in Montreal earlier this week.  Mayor Valérie Plante promised that police were working hard to track down the culprits and reiterated her support for the Jewish community.

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TDSB Says It’s Working on a ‘Distinct Strategy’ to Combat Antisemitism in Schools

The Toronto District School Board said a "distinct strategy on addressing antisemitism has been initiated" in an emailed response to the 2,000 parents who sent a letter outlining a number of alleged incidents — including swastikas and Nazi salutes — in their children’s schools.

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Suspect Sought in Suspected Hate-Motivated Assault Investigation

A woman holding a Canadian flag and a poster of an Israeli hostage was reportedly punched and had her poster ripped and flag stomped on in the University Avenue and College Street area in Toronto. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-3500.

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Ontario to Mandate Lessons on Holodomor Ukrainian Famine in Grade 10 History Classes

Yesterday, Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that starting in fall 2025, students in Grade 10 will receive mandatory education on the 1932-33 Holodomor famine in Ukraine. In 2008, the Canadian government recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.

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Sask. Premier Concerned Over 'Antisemitic Chant' Heard at Legislature

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe raised concern over the "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" chant used during a demonstration at the legislature last week. NDP MLA Jennifer Bowes has since apologized for liking a social media post featuring the chant.

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Freed Israeli Hostage Describes Deteriorating Conditions While Being Held by Hamas

Seventy-eight-year-old Ruti Munder, who was held hostage with her daughter, Keren, and grandson, Ohad Munder-Zichri, recently discussed her experience being held in captivity by Hamas, adding to the accounts being shared by families of freed hostages. Hunger, being kept in a "suffocating" room and sleeping on plastic chairs are some of the details shared by Munder during an interview with Israel's Channel 13.

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Israeli Girl Who Attended Ontario Summer Camp Among Hostages Released by Hamas

Ofri Brodutch, along with her mother Hagar Brodutch, 40, and her siblings Yuval, nine, and Oriya, four, were released as part of the hostage deal with Hamas. This past summer, Ofri attended Camp Gesher in Ontario with her Toronto-based cousins.

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Elon Musk Visits Israel to Meet Top Leaders as Accusations of Antisemitism on X Grow

Elon Musk paid a visit Monday to Israel, where he toured a kibbutz that was attacked by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7 and met with Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Isaac Herzog. He has faced numerous accusations of tolerating antisemitic messages on the X platform.

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Thousands March Against Antisemitism in London

Some 100,000 people marched through central London against antisemitism, the first march of its kind since the Israel-Hamas war began. Placards bearing slogans like "Shoulder to shoulder with British Jews" and "Never again is now" were seen being carried by those taking part.

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73% of Jewish College Students Have Experienced or Seen Antisemitism Since Start of School Year, New Survey Finds

Nearly three-quarters of Jewish college students in the U.S. experienced or witnessed antisemitism on their campus since the start of the academic year, according to a new survey released by the Anti-Defamation League.

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