News Releases 2019
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
17 February 2019
The call has been addressed to party and municipal authorities in large cities across France, including in Lyons, Marseille and Nice.
People attend a gathering, organized by CRIF Jewish organisation, in memory of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor stabbed and burnt in her Paris apartment in what authorities suspect could be an anti-Semitic murder, in Marseille, France, March 28, 2018 (photo credit: JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER / REUTERS).
Almost 120 years ago, on August 20, 1899, a pro-Dreyfus group led a demonstration in Paris against antisemitism.
On February 19, 2019, almost all French parties across the political spectrum will join a rally against antisemitism, with two exceptions: Le Pen’s far Right and the Mélenchon’s far Left.
The case of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, who was unjustly sentenced and humiliatingly cashiered from the French army, took years to resolve.
Here, since the government’s release of its report showing the 74% spike in incidents, antisemitism seems to have become a new fetish – the place to be. Or is this just a flash in the pan? More importantly, how will it treat ‘anti-Zionism’ and the State of Israel?
“A 3-step campaign to replace Israel with Palestine and Holocaust with Nakba:
1) The high-school teacher
2) The classroom students
3) The Jewish community and Gentile friends.”
Paris, 14 February 2019
In a letter to Guillaume Vanhulst, Rector of the Haute Ecole Pedagogique Vaud (Higher Educational School, HEP) of Lausanne, Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, expressed outrage at a three-step inherently anti-Jewish hate campaign planned for 29-30 April on HEP’s campus:
1) An inculcation session for high-school teachers
2) From the teachers to their class students
3) From the students to the broader community.
“This is the first time since President Mitterrand’s 1996 call to a protest march that a French Government takes the initiative against an antisemitic epidemic.”
“After these declarations, President Macron should return the military to guard Jewish institutions and campaign to exclude extremist candidates from the May European Parliament elections.”
Paris, 12 February 2019
“Yesterday’s French government report announcing a 2018 spike in antisemitic incidents marked a sea change following years of ‘politically correct’ denunciations, while perpetrators went through tribunal revolving doors or were sent to psychiatric wards – rather than prisons,” stated Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
Last month, the Centre drew international attention to “the infiltration and hijacking of the ‘Yellow Jacket’ demonstrations across France by anti-Jewish hatemongers, attacking synagogues and Jewish stores”...
“We urge you to cleanse all Al Ahram newspapers, journals, books and websites from Jew hatred and all other prejudices.”
Paris, 8 February 2019
In a letter to the Chairman of Al Ahram, Abdel-Mohsen Salama, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, “One of our Arab members has shared his concern that Al Ahram, considered by some as the ‘New York Times’ of Egypt, has become a mouthpiece for the denial of the Holocaust.”
Samuels quoted from the translation of an Arabic article of Al Ahram columnist, Osama Al-Alfi (full text below): “The Truth of the Holocaust,” that states, “the Holocaust is exploited by the craftiness of the world Zionist movement to achieve its interests and plans, aimed at converting Judaism from a heavenly religion to a racist doctrine, taking Palestine as the starting point for the implementation of schemes of individual domination of the world's capabilities and control of its policies.”
Paris, 6 February 2019
US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Thomas H. Goldberger, responded to the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, that:
“On receipt of your letter, I immediately contacted the Egyptian Government on the phone and in writing to protest the presence of antisemitic materials at the Cairo International Book Fair and to demand that it take immediate action to remove the materials.”
“I also instructed my staff to close the Embassy’s booth at the CIBF, and we will not reopen.” ... “I have also brought this matter to the attention of the Department of State.”
Samuels thanked the U.S. Chargé for his immediate action, adding, “We await similar reactions, following the American example” from the French, British and Egyptian authorities.”