• Together Against War in Ukraine
    Together Against War in Ukraine
  • French Festival of Jewish Films - cosponsored by Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance
    French Festival of Jewish Films - cosponsored by Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance
  • 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 2022

Paris, 12 April 2022

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, raised concerns regarding Joseph’s Tomb, considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims – Yossef, Joseph, Yusuf – as the Biblical third generation of the Patriarchs, based on Abraham.

“Unfortunately, respect for Joseph is not included in the current Abraham Accords. Two Jewish worshippers have been shot at prayer at the site and the shrine itself was set alight a couple of days earlier by Jihadi Palestinian vandals,” noted Samuels.

Paris, 11 April 2022

The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, comments on the definitive results of the first round of French Presidential elections. Out of the twelve candidates, the current centrist President, Emmanuel Macron, is at 27,6% of the popular vote, followed by far-right Marine Le Pen at 23,4%.

Macron’s party, En Marche (On the March), has gathered moderates from left and right and the President leads Europe’s response to the war in Ukraine. Le Pen’s National Rally – party name change of her father’s antisemitic “National Front” – has been struggling to appear more moderate. Nevertheless, compromised by the reported past funding of her party by Russia, she has avoided issues of foreign policy. If elected, Le Pen would be the first woman President of France.

Paris, 5 April 2022

As part of the conference on “Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers in South America after 1945,” the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute sponsored a public event on “Legacies of Simon Wiesenthal: Wiesenthal Center and Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies - Looking Back, Moving Forward,” which featured Dr Efraim Zuroff, SWC’s chief Nazi-hunter and Director of its Israel Office and Eastern European Affairs, and Dr Shimon Samuels, Director of its Paris Office and International Relations.

Is the tragic death of a young Jewish man, at first dismissed as an accident, the consequence of antisemitic assault?

Paris, 4 April 2022

The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, recalled his conversation with Minister Darmanin at the annual dinner of the CRIF (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions) of 24 February. He had raised the danger of antisemitic violence in the public transport network, in particular in the “red ring” around Paris.

4 April 2022
Samuels with Interior Minister Darmanin at the CRIF dinner.

The letter was also sent to Spanish political leaders – both representing the government coalition and the opposition in Parliament.

Paris, 26 March 2022 

In a letter to Dr Meritxell Batet Lamaña, President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (lower chamber of Parliament), the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed concern “in regard to the ‘measures to be undertaken for the protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents of the Palestinian population affected by the occupation of Israel’, proposed by Podemos, due for discussion in your Congress Committee of Foreign Affairs on 29 March.”