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Amazon’s antisemitic items protested; TikTok punches clock on Iran’s cheerleader in Canada

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Jewish groups committed to preserving the sanctity of the Holocaust – including B’nai Brith Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Liberation75 – are spearheading a campaign to rid Amazon Canada of appalling antisemitic offerings on its website. (Image: B’nai Brith Canada)

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The Ottawa Police Service Hate & Bias Crime Unit has charged two students following an investigation into an antisemitic incident at Sir Robert Borden High School.

As reported by TheJ.ca, a Twitter thread on Erev Shabbas Dec. 9 almost forced an Ottawa school division to admit it was investigating the incident which had been kept secret since December 1. Police were brought in on December 5 and a hate crime investigation was underway before parents were informed.

According to a police statement this week, “On December 1st, 2022, a student created and displayed a hate symbol in the school and another student used antisemitic language and gestures. The hate symbol was viewed by other students.” 

Police were brought in on December 5 and the hate crime investigation was well underway before parents were informed of the scandal. The two students, who were not named due to the prohibitions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, face charges that include Public Incitement of Hatred, Mischief, and Criminal Harassment. They are both set to appear in court at a later date.

Nazi, Holocaust exploitation items on Amazon Canada

Jewish groups committed to preserving the sanctity of the Holocaust – including B’nai Brith Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Liberation75 – are spearheading a campaign to rid Amazon Canada of appalling antisemitic offerings on its website.

Hitler and Nazi images, Holocaust-themed prints and Jewish ritual items sold as decorative beachwear; Wall stickers, canvas prints and posters featuring images of emaciated concentration-camp victims and the Auschwitz death camp. These are among the objectionable goods that have been sold on the platform in contravention of its own rules, as B’nai Brith Canada discovered last month. Additionally, they found that Amazon is promoting the sale of antisemitic and anti-Zionist publications, including one that promotes a conspiracy theory that Zionists unduly influence global affairs.

“Amazon’s transgressions and continued silence are serious and warrant a sustained intervention by a united Jewish community,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of BB. “We are bringing further attention to this ongoing issue and asking that Amazon Canada remove the problematic content by no later than Jan. 27, 2023 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

“We are hopeful that the unified approach with Amazon will succeed,” said Michael Levitt, President and CEO of FSWC “There is no excuse for this corporation to profit off the sale of revolting items profoundly offensive to the Jewish community and people of good conscience.”

“It is unacceptable that Amazon is facilitating the sales of such harmful and despicable items,” added Marilyn Sinclair, founder of Liberation75.

In the leadup to January 27, organizations concerned with combating Holocaust trivialization in this country are calling on supporters to use the hashtag #NeverAgainAmazon to raise awareness online. 

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Mullah-mania shut down on TikTok

Last October, Firas Al-Najim was charged by York Regional Police with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, and possession of a dangerous weapon, following an incident at a protest against the Iranian regime.

Since then he’s continued to voice support in public and online for the Ayatollah Khamenei and Iran’s theocracy, while continuing to proclaim falsehoods and blood libel smears against Israel, Jews and Zionists. Head of a group that calls itself Canadian Defenders 4 Human Rights (CD4HR), he has in the past frequently created online content by ambushing Jewish residents, political leaders and even Prime Minister Trudeau’s wife with loaded questions and comments about Palestinian ‘oppression’ and the Jewish state.

Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, said, “We brought to TikTok’s attention Al-Najim’s problematic content and we were encouraged by the platform’s response to our concerns.”

Calling the postings, “potentially harmful and dangerous,” Mostyn said “the line absolutely must be drawn and, thankfully, TikTok has done just that.” The platform erased the offensive exhibits and therefore Iran has one less avenue to spread their radical hate.

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