News Releases 2021
“The Hamas connection: viewed as an ally of the extreme left, is now revealed in the Nazi camp.”
Paris, 27 October 2021
On 13 February, the Wiesenthal Centre noted the march of Fascist tribute to Franco’s Blue Division, sent to Hitler to fight in Russia. A young woman took the podium on that occasion to claim it as her “absolute obligation to fight for Spain, to fight for Europe, which are now weak and have been sold off by the enemy. Only the disguise will differ, the enemy will always be the same, the Jew... The Jews are to blame and the Blue Division fought for this.” A hate show slammed by the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
Paris, 23 October 2021
Our 2021 “Worst Offender Awardee” goes to Syria and "Runner-Up" to Qatar for recidivist antisemitic conspiracy theory titles in their catalogues...
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is, for the 19th year, the only non-governmental organization to monitor texts of hate and violence on the stands of problematic publishers at the Frankfurt Buchmesse (FBM) – “The Olympics of Book Fairs”.
A hybrid Fair this year due to the Pandemic, almost 2,000 publishers, including electronic participation, represented some 70 countries, bent on sales contracts.
A report from Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
Paris, 21 October 2021
The Wiesenthal Centre has monitored over the years countless antisemitic terrorist crimes in France, but especially the murder of Sarah Halimi. We denounce the travesty of the trial exonerating her killer and constantly urge French authorities to reopen the case.
Paris, 21 October 2021
In a letter to Mr. Jean-François Decaux, CEO of JCDecaux, based in the UK, the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recounted his conversations with JCDecaux General Counsel in Paris, regarding “sabotage and abuse of your bus-stop billboards in France, measures were taken against the spate of ‘Boycott Israel’ posters, apparently placed by a pro-Hamas group.”
The letter continued: “These hate attacks continue in JCDecaux billboards at London Transport bus-stops.”
“May results of the ballot indicate condemnation of extremism in the political arena, tarnished by the use of antisemitic stereotypes and hate speech.”
Paris and Rome, 18 October 2021
Recent months have seen a rise in far right and extreme left antisemitic crime throughout Europe. The former rides the noisy protest of the No-Vax, No-Green-Pass movement. Even more so during elections, as in the Italian municipal ballot, held in two rounds over the past weeks, where the extremists have raised the stakes, influencing and infiltrating the conservative camp as much as possible.