News Releases 2021
Paris, 3 March 2021
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre last week contacted a number of Foreign Ministers, Secretaries of State and a Prime Minister, urging them to boycott the “celebration” of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference Against Racism.
Held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2001, the first WCAR degenerated into an antisemitic hatefest.
“The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action would have to be cleansed rather than whitewashed for Jews to not see it as yet another exercise in blood libel and antisemitic hate-mongering!”
UN-Geneva, 22 February 2021
After 10 hours of speeches from member-states at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations and Permanent Observer to the UNOG (UN Organization in Geneva), Dr. Shimon Samuels, found himself in cloud cuckoo land.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
16 February 2021
The Spanish Civil War has left scars until the present, splitting families and ideological movements from the extreme right to the far left.
Hitler and Mussolini’s troops and supply of arms brought Franco to power as a prelude to World War Two.
Paris, 6 February 2021
“When the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by the Rome Statute in 1998, we believed that its role would reflect the work of the late Simon Wiesenthal, to prosecute war criminals,” stated Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
Samuels argued, “sadly, the ICC pre-trial ruling against Israel shows that yet another United Nations-related institution has been infected by political bias and is becoming an instrument for Palestinian denial of Jewish sovereignty.”
Paris, 5 February 2021
We turn to you in support of the National Assembly Deputy, Meyer Habib, campaign for balance in France Inter broadcasts regarding the State of Israel. This network’s apparent obsessive recidivism in its anti-Israel bias has resulted in a warning from the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA – the French audiovisual regulatory council).
A few examples:
France Inter: “In Gaza, the frontier with Israel is one of the most dangerous in the world. And yet the farmers continue to cultivate their fields, while taking great risks.”