News Releases 2020
Paris, 5 August 2020
“It was inevitable that the tragic ammonium nitrate blast in Beirut would set the stage for conspiracy theories, usually emanating from ‘fake news’ extremists or known hatemonger incitement,” stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations.
It is worrying when it comes from a political commentator and broadcaster – in this case, British co-founder of Novara Media, whose content arguably fixates on the State of Israel.
Aaron Bastani – formerly Aaron Peters from his mother’s maiden name, changed to his paternal family surname from Iran, where his grandmother was, reportedly, Jewish.
“In over 20 trials for defamation, hate speech and endorsing terrorism, he has hardly paid fines or other penalties... Facebook and Instagram are 'better later than never', but now the Courts must enforce justice against the leading hatemonger of France.”
Paris, 4 August 2020
“The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has monitored Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala for over twenty years, since his extreme-left anti-racist beginnings as stand-up comedian with his Jewish partner, Elie Semoun, to his running, in 2004, for European Parliament elections on the far-left Euro-Palestine ticket, to his heading the far-right Anti-Zionist Party in 2009… He failed in both... until his unique position today as a bridge between extreme-left and extreme-right and between Sunni and Shi’ah groups in Europe,” stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre’s Director for International Relations.
“Wiley Kat’s MBE Honour must be Stripped.”
Paris, 27 July 2020
This month, Richard Kylea Cowie Jr., known as Wiley Kat, called “British Godfather of Grime music,” posted messages describing Jews as “cowards and snakes"”, comparing them with the Ku Klux Klan.
After a police investigation, he was booted from his management company... Wiley responded: “If you work for a company owned by two Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in anyway, of course you will get fired.”
He also wrote that Jews should “hold some corn” – a slang expression meaning to be shot. He added: “Jewish community, you deserve it”.
“The Centre has joined the ‘Campaign Against Antisemitism,’ and a petition demanding that his prestigious Order of the British Empire (MBE) be withdrawn,’ stated the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
“In November 2019, former Labour Chief Jeremy Corbyn thanked Wiley on Twitter for his electoral support...”
Today, with Wednesday (27-29 July) an online walkout, #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate, will name media sites failing to take measures against Wiley,” concluded Samuels.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
18 July 2020
Toulouse has two faces: one of Jihadist anti-Zionism, the other of Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc, proudly twinned with Tel Aviv.
Toulouse (photo Ari Bar-Oz).
The city of Toulouse, France, brings memories of the 2012 terrorist attack by Mohamed Merah on the Otzar HaTorah Jewish school that killed a rabbi, three children aged three, six and eight, and wounded a teenager.
“Melenchon could be seen as a French Corbyn in both his following and his constant statements offensive to Jews.”
Paris, 16 July 2020
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre supports its French associate organization, the BNVCA (Bureau national de vigilance contre l’antisémitisme – the French National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism) in mutual outrage at a 15 July morning interview of BFM-RTL TV news outlet, featuring extreme left political leader, Jean-Luc Melenchon. Asked if the Police were supposed to stand back in the face of violent protest, “stay put like Jesus on the cross without reacting,” he responded, “I don't know if Jesus was on a cross, but he was apparently put there by his own people,” thus repeating the centuries old accusation of deicide against Jews, a classical antisemitic canard.