News Releases 2021
U P D A T E - 9 August
Antisemitism at Anti-Vax Rallies in France
The pogrom atmosphere persists. Last Saturday’s anti-vax rally poster in Metz carries the names of mostly Jewish figures.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin is taking action.
Paris, 4 August 2021
In a letter to French Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed disgust at a campaign against French Jewish Doctors reminiscent of medieval charges of poisoning wells, their 1940’s arrests by Vichy France and Stalin’s 1951 to 1953 “Killer Jewish Doctor’s Plot” against the Soviet Union.
Paris, 29 July 2021
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was officially notified last week that a letter dated 19 November 2020 from the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, to the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, was to become Public Record. A first on the subject of antisemitic terrorism.
That letter was borne out by ACOM (Action and Communication on the Middle East), a Spanish NGO that has successfully fought against BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) targeting Israel.
“European Union Passes New Rules to Counter Terrorism Financing and Money-Laundering as also Addressing Online Terrorism.”
Paris, 26 July 2021
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was officially notified this week that a letter – dated 19 November 2020 from the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels – to European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, is to become EU public record.
Paris, 28 July 2021
The company took these immediate measures based on the Centre’s demands:
- An apology
- Immediate deletion of its offensive shirt
- The partner who uploaded the design was blocked
- None of the designs were sold
- Spreadshirt is looking into the incorporation of the IHRA definition of antisemitism in their standards.
Spreadshirt 27 July Response to Our 23 July Outrage at Yellow Star T-Shirt
“The use of Nazi-related symbology is not a trivial matter, but rather politically motivated. The banalization of the Holocaust has been around for decades, but today serves as a pernicious tool of antisemitism.”
Paris, 23 July 2021
In a letter to Dr. Julian de Grahl, CEO of Spreadshirt – an international textile speed-printing company based in Leipzig, Germany –, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “sickening outrage to see a Spreadshirt t-shirt with the yellow star – assimilating the anti-vaxxers to the Jewish victims of the Nazis – in rallies this week.”