Community Intelligence Brief: September 6, 2023

September 6, 2023


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Fan Ejected from US Open Match After German Player Said the Man Used Language from Hitler’s Regime

A fan was ejected from a US Open match early Tuesday morning after German professional tennis player Alexander Zverev heard him singing a phrase associated with the Nazi regime, formerly part of Germany's national anthem. Zverev quickly paused the match and spoke out, stating the man used "the most famous Hitler phrase" and "it's not acceptable."

FSWC applauded Zverev on social media, stating he took "a strong public stand against hate and Nazism"

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Red Deer School Board Member Under Fire for Social Media Post

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, a school board in Red Deer, Alberta, is facing backlash after one of its trustees shared a social media post comparing the LGBTQ+ community to the Nazi regime, and has stated it will conduct a review of its code of conduct.

In an online post, FSWC stated, "Comparing the LGBTQ+ community to the Nazi regime, especially considering the Nazis' persecution of the minority group, is abhorrent and a form of Holocaust distortion... We stand with Alberta's LGBTQ+ community in denouncing this offensive post shared by RDCRS trustee Monique LaGrange, and have offered our educational programs to the school board."

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Terry Glavin: Antisemitic Egyptian Sheikh Was to Be Hosted by Ottawa-Funded Muslim Group

Ahead of this past weekend's conference hosted by the Muslim Association of Canada, the organization pulled a speaker Jewish groups have accused of making antisemitic statements. In recent years, MAC has come under increasing scrutiny over its choice of speakers for its conferences.

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Germany Prosecutes Ex-Nazi Camp Guard Aged 98

A 98-year-old former Nazi guard was charged last week with complicity in the murder of some 3,300 people at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. According to the indictment against him, the man served as a guard between July 1943 and February 1945 and assisted in the "cruel and insidious" mass killing of inmates.

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Eighty Years On, Italian Victims of Nazi Crimes Finally to Get Compensation

The relatives of six Italian civilians hanged by German troops in 1943 are finally set to receive a share of 12 million euros, awarded by an Italian court as compensation for their families' trauma. Italy will be awarding the payments after it lost a battle in the International Court of Justice over whether Berlin could still be liable for damages tied to World War Two crimes and atrocities.

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ADL CEO Says Elon Musk’s Insinuation to Sue Over Defamation Is Merely a ‘Threat of a Frivolous Lawsuit’

After X CEO Elon Musk accused the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for a 60 percent decline in the platform’s revenue - following the anti-hate group's criticism of the platform for taking actions that resulted in a surge in antisemitic content - ADL's CEO has spoken out.

In a statement, Jonathan Greenblatt dismissed Musk's allegations, calling his behaviour "flat out dangerous and deeply irresponsible" and stating, "We need responsible leaders to lead, to stop inflaming hatred and to step back from the brink before it’s too late."

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Neo-Nazi Groups Spew Hate Outside Disney World and Near Orlando, Officials Say

Groups of neo-Nazis and white supremacists spread antisemitic, white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ messages outside Disney World and in the nearby Orlando, Florida, area Saturday in the latest examples of rising antisemitism in the U.S., officials said.

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'As a Holocaust Survivor': How Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal Fought to Save Bosnian Muslim Lives

In his piece in Haaretz, Hamza Karcic writes about how Holocaust survivor and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal advocated for the U.S. to act from the moment the Bosnian war started, a campaign fueled by his own suffering and an example of Jewish-Bosniak solidarity.

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Barcelona Restores Twin Cities Status with Tel Aviv

According to local reports, Barcelona's new mayor has restored the city's status as the twin of Tel Aviv. This comes after ties between the two cities were suspended in February 2023, which Barcelona's former mayor had said was due to what she called Israeli "apartheid" against Palestinians.

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Citing ‘God of Israel,’ Papua New Guinea Becomes 5th Nation to Open Jerusalem Embassy

Papua New Guinea opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Papua New Guinean counterpart James Marape.

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