News Releases 2022
Blog by Dr Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
28 January 2022
The Wiesenthal Centre chose to open its office in Paris as France had – and still has – the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe. Though religion is not included in state census, it is estimated that there are about 500,000 Jews and over 4 million Muslims.
Despite the 1894 Dreyfus case – the Jewish French army Captain unjustly charged for espionage – that revealed a large retinue of antisemitism in a split country, despite the Vichy collaborationist role in harassing the Jews and deporting over 72,000 to the death camps, the mantra “Happy as a Jew in France!” still persisted.
21 January 2022
This 20 January, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, the Henry Jackson Society and the House of the Wannsee Conference convened a Zoom webinar on the subject: “80 Years Since Wannsee: An Alarm for Other Genocides?”
Paris, 17 January 2022
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, noted that “this is the 8th year of our monitoring antisemitic publications at seven Arab Book Fairs. Most, this year, were clean in the spirit of the Abraham Accords.”
Qatar is hardly one of those countries. Its array of antisemitic books has even been displayed on its Governmental stand at the Frankfurt Buchmesse. This year, it contained the most notorious classic of Jew-hatred, Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” on the Jordanian Al Ahlia publisher stand.
Paris, 16 January 2022
The Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage that, “yesterday, at a conference in Ferrara, Italy, organized by Jewish author Moni Ovadia, entitled ‘The Festival of Memories,’ MP Vittorio Sgarbi, known for his political rants, made an antisemitic outburst.”
Sgarbi is a main supporter for Silvio Berlusconi’s candidacy to become next President of the Italian Republic. Sgarbi came out with a disgraceful declaration just seconds into his speech: “One extermination that he [Ovadia], out of modesty, does not deal with, is that of the Palestinians... perpetrated by the State of Israel over the years...”
“We do not forget, we do not excuse, we do not forgive Nazi killers, Nazi ideology, Nazi crimes!”
Paris, 14 January 2022
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, protested the 10th of January action by neo-Nazis and other Italian right-wing extremists who wrapped a coffin with a swastika flag, following the funeral ceremony of Alessia Augello. The deceased, who was active in the extreme-right Forza Nuova party, died in hospital on 7 January, aged 44, reportedly from complications in thrombosis surgery.