Community Intelligence Brief: October 19, 2022

October 19, 2022


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Spirit of Hope Is Days Away!

The Spirit of Hope Benefit is just days away. Join us on October 25 at 5:30 PM ET for what will surely be an inspiring and impactful evening, featuring legendary NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - a social justice champion and ally against antisemitism.

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Jewish Human Rights Organization 'Appalled' by Antisemitic Vandalism at Kitchener and Guelph Synagogues

Last week, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned recent acts of antisemitic vandalism at synagogues in Kitchener and Guelph, including extremely disturbing graffiti claiming “ZOG is the real racial supremacists 1488 Hitler did nothing wrong!”

“This series of antisemitic incidents targeting synagogues in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph area is extremely disturbing and a reminder of the growing hatred against the Jewish community that we are witnessing across the country,” FSWC president and CEO Michael Levitt said. "Nobody should have to fear going to a place of worship or feel threatened."

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Will U of T’s Recognition of Historical Wrong Lead to Better Future?

"As uncomfortable as it can be to confront a troubling past, it’s better late than never, and doing so can help build a better future," FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt writes in his latest column in the Toronto Star, reflecting on the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine's (TFOM) recent apology for its decades-long antisemitic quota system. "To be sure, TFOM’s effort to spotlight its past injustice against Jewish students is important. But the true measure of its significance will be determined by whether the institution lives up to Dean Young’s recently stated commitment 'to deepen a culture of respect and inclusivity for our Jewish community members.'"

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Montreal Holocaust Survivor Who 'Kept Ahead of the Nazis' Turns 100

Victor David survived the Holocaust by moving from country to country to escape the Nazis, finally ending his journey in Montreal. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

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Hamilton Police Investigating After Swastika Drawn on Election Sign

Hamilton police are investigating after the election campaign sign of a Hamilton city council candidate was vandalized with a swastika. This came after a "white people first" sticker was placed on the sign of another candidate, who is Black, earlier this month.

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Kanye West Doubles Down on Antisemitic Tropes, Rejects Invitation to Holocaust Museum

Kanye West rejected an invitation from the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles following his antisemitic rants of the past several days, doubling down on his recent anti-Jewish tropes and conspiracy theories.

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'Keep Your Antisemitic Comments to Yourself,' Says Amy Schumer's New Comedy Sketch

On Friday, actress and comedian Amy Schumer tweeted a video of a comedy skit with the caption "Keep your antisemitic comments to yourself." The video features numerous antisemitic stereotypes, and the tweet links to the "Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial" definition on the official website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Ukrainians and Russians with Jewish Roots Flee to Israel

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, about 13,000 Ukrainians with Jewish heritage have made aliyah, or emigrated, to Israel. Double that have come from Russia, and the number is growing since Vladimir Putin's mobilisation announcement.

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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