• 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
16 May 2021

The euphoric hyphen from vaccinations and dropping masks – a hint of normality – mutated into the shriek of sirens and war. The equation is the bipolar jump into the 48 hours from Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) to Yom Ha’azmaut (Independence Day), in reverse. My Army Reserve unit was the Senior Education Corps in the IDF Education Office. In peacetime, we would entertain troops with non-military lectures. In wartime – as in the 1978 Operation Litani incursion into Southern Lebanon, sparked by the PLO coastal road busses massacre – we would move from one battery to another during a break in the shelling. There, our role was to get the soldiers to vent as in the role of a psychologist or a rabbi, to raise morale.

Paris, 15 May 2021

In a letter to Iceland President, Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at “the spate of antisemitism yesterday in one of Iceland’s most read newspapers and websites, Visir.”

The unacceptable online messages are in the main:

- “The Nazis had no better students than the Israelis. Only the gas ovens are missing...”

“What if the Desert Campaign had gone wrong?... The Jews from the Maghreb – through Anatolia and the Levant – to Persia, would not have survived!”

Paris and London, 14 May 2021

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre-UK and Harif, the UK-based Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), joined forces in a Zoom meeting to expose the little-known history of MENA Jewry’s suffering during the Holocaust.

14 May 2021 1
The speakers: Lyn Julius, Shimon Samuels, Reeva S. Simon, Rifat Bali, David Meghnagi, Yves Fedida,
David Dangoor and Graciela Vaserman Samuels with some of the over 80 participants to the Zoom.

“Madrid election won by centre-right... Wiesenthal Centre urges Madrid Assembly to inspire national government to boycott Durban anniversary as an exercise of hate camouflaged as human rights.”

Paris, 5 May 2021

In March 2021, the Wiesenthal Centre addressed democratic member-states of the United Nations Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC), urging them to boycott the planned 20th anniversary of the “UN World Conference Against Racism” – now known as Durban IV – at UN New York Headquarters in September.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
29 April 2021

As the only Jew elected to the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, I attended several preparatory committee meetings for the Durban conference, backed at the NGO level by COSATU, the South African Trade Union Congress which obsessively referred to ‘Apartheid Israel’.

At these meetings, I was often prevented from speaking and, on arrival in Durban, I was expelled from the ISC.