• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour  victims of terror in Jerusalem
    Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour victims of terror in Jerusalem
  • Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
  • Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
  • Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal

News Releases 2021

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
28 January 2021

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/wiesenthal-centre-and-the-1980-copernic-synagogue-in-paris-bombing/

I had come to Paris in 1980 with the grandiose objective to contain antisemitism. Little did I foresee its nature.

On 3 October, the eve of Sukkot (Tabernacles), I was visiting an Israeli journalist, Tamar Cohen. Her houseguest, Aliza Shagrir – wife of the late cineaste Micha Shagrir – had just arrived from Israel. Asking her hostess if she needed anything for dinner, Tamar suggested some dates from the fruit shop three hundred meters away, facing the synagogue on the rue Copernic. We went down to the street together. She turned into Copernic, I continued walking straight ahead. I felt the bomb, where Aliza met her death.

Zoom Meeting with 184 Iraqi Jews worldwide, organized by the Community of Babylonian Iraqi Jews of Montreal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Y_Jj3QCGo&feature=youtu.be

Includes the speech by Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
(see from 18 min 49" to 25 min 44")

29 January 2021

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“There is no Freedom without Justice.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)

Article by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
26 January 2021
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/remembering-the-the-jews-of-mena-on-holocaust-remembrance-day-656797

This article was written following a Zoom meeting with 184 Iraqi Jews worldwide, on the occasion of the Annual Commemoration of the Baghdad Hangings (27 January 1969) - organized by the Community of Babylonian Iraqi Jews of Montreal - including heart-rending testimonies of witnesses of the 'Second Farhud' (violent dispossession).
See more on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Y_Jj3QCGo&feature=youtu.be

On this Yom Ha’Shoah / International Holocaust Commemoration Day on January 27, we should contemplate what the fate of MENA Jewry would have been had German general Rommel won the Desert Campaign.

26 January 2021
Desert Wanderings: The Jewish Nation’s beginnings (photo Haytham Shtayeh / Flash90).

In the spirit of the Abraham Accords, there is a growing interest in the Holocaust and its impact on the Jews of MENA (Middle East/North Africa).

“A vector for the continuing agenda of the Durban UN World Conference Against Racism hatefest.”

Paris, 24 January 2021

The 2021 World Social Forum (WSF), that is meeting from 23 to 31 January, has announced that it is mostly “dedicated to Palestinian issues.”

The WSF opened with Leila Khaled, known for her participation in the infamous hijacking of TWA flight 840 in 1969 – on which the PFLP hoped to find and kidnap Yitzhak Rabin – and of El Al flight 219 in 1970. After her arrest and conviction in the UK, she was released in exchange for hostages taken by other PFLP terrorists.

“Take measures to disinfect society from this dangerous and recurring disease!”

Paris, 19 January 2021

In a letter to European Parliament President, David Sassoli, and twenty Belgian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to “the outrageous posthumous recognition of two Flemish World War II Nazi collaborators, for their role in ‘shaping the emancipation of the Flemish language’ (sic), to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Flemish Parliamentary journal.”