• 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

Paris, 18 March 2021

The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations and Observer to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Dr. Shimon Samuels, today sat through three excruciating hours of defamation of the State of Israel.

29 of the slanderous member-States were Muslim, including some Abraham Accords signatories: Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan and – an otherwise friend of Israel – Azerbaijan (speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Members) committed blood-libel against the Jewish State.

“We expect immediate and appropriate action by your Ministry to bring these elements to justice, before they infect further military ranks with their hatred and probable incitement to violence against Jews and other targets.”

Paris, 17 March 2021

In a letter to Florence Parly, Minister of the French Armed Services, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “shock at a Mediapart report – just released – of neo-Nazi elements in the French Armed Forces.”

“FIFA must not be associated with abuse of the 'Beautiful Game' in the service of hate.”

Paris, 17 March 2021

In a letter to FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations) President, Gianni Infantino, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled their 2017 correspondence, expressing “outrage at the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) glorification of terrorism in naming tournaments, teams and stadia after murderers.”

Paris, 12 March 2021

In a letter to INTERPOL Secretary General, Jürgen Stock, The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, demanded the return to “Most Wanted” status of Ahlam Ahmad Al-Tamimi, responsible for killing 15 – of which 8 children – in a Jerusalem pizza restaurant in 2001.

12 March 2021
Ahlam Ahmad Al-Tamimi is also on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorist” list.

Paris, 5 March 2021 

The Wiesenthal Centre commended the security personnel – for identifying and immobilizing – and the police for its rapid response and arrest of a man wielding a ceramic knife outside a Jewish school in Marseille.

Over the past year there have been several stabbings of Jewish and Gentile teachers in France, the most recent being the beheading of a teacher who had discussed the Mohammed caricatures and freedom of expression in class.

Most of the perpetrators have been radicalized Jihadists infested with Jew hatred.

While French police have shown immediate intervention, arrestees on arraignment have been too often treated by the courts with silk gloves. Obvious antisemitic targeting has been dismissed on grounds of narcotics, alcohol or mental impairment.

“The Wiesenthal Centre will be watching closely the judicial treatment of today’s perpetrator, who reportedly appeared deranged, but also determined to hurt. We share the relief of students, teachers and parents in the face of danger,” concluded Samuels.

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