News Releases 2021
Paris, 20 April 2021
In a letter to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) President, Aleksander Ceferin, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed disgust in “last week’s KNVB Cup final in the Netherlands between Arnhem-based SBV Vitesse and the winner, Amsterdam-based AFC Ajax, that was besmirched by Vitesse fans chanting: ‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the Gas’.”
The letter stressed that, “this was a clear reference to the mass gassing of Jews in the Nazi death camps and to Ajax Football Club’s history of Jewish support in pre-Holocaust Netherlands.”
“A banality would suggest that, although both Fofana’s antisemitic murders were accepted to have been premeditated, Fofana No.1 went to jail as he and his co-conspirators ‘never inhaled drugs!’”
Paris, 19 April 2021
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled “Youssouf Fofana, as a self-declared antisemite and leader of the so-called ‘Gang of Barbarians’, who was sentenced in France in 2009 to life for the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi three years earlier...”
“Tonight the murderer will be feted as a hero and frighteningly encourage followers to action... Snort drugs to kill a Jew!”
Paris, 14 April 2021
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is profoundly distressed by France’s Supreme Court final say, concerning the legality of the Paris Appeals Court decision, denying the criminal responsibility of the murderer of Sarah Halimi (a.k.a. Lucie Attal).
Paris, 13 April 2021
The Wiesenthal Centre expressed outrage at the antisemitic graffiti attack on the facade of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly known as “Science Po.”
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
13 April 2021
In May 2004, I was invited to Warsaw by then Polish President, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, as one of 8 speakers on the theme “The Dangers of Joining the European Union.” My subject was “Antisemitism,” an Imam from the World Muslim Congress was to talk on “Islamophobia.”
I felt an exceptional enthusiasm in the thought of EU enlargement as a supranational identity, reflecting in part chapters of Jewish history.