• 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
19 July 2021
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/today-27th-commemoration-of-amia-bombing/

In 2006, a Franco-Palestinian organization sued me for defamation. I needed bona fides for my defence.

Among them was Hector Timerman, then Argentine Ambassador to the United Nations. He wrote about my visit to his father, Jacobo, during the military dictatorship. He added that this had helped him to find shelter in Israel.

In 2013, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, he called me to say that he had been implicated in a memorandum with Iran to forget the AMIA bombing in exchange for an exchange of large sums for Argentine ‘purchases’. He protested this as a lie.

Jerusalem, 18 July 2021

20 July 2021
Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
at the podium of the GFCA, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
(photo Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Bullet points for a report from the field:

A. The three waves of Islamist terror focusing on France
1) The 1980 Copernic Synagogue bombing, launching 73 attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets in Western Europe, of which 29 in France until 1982
2) The transplantation of the 2000 intifada to Europe, attacks by native born radical Muslims
3) Lone wolf attacks: Toulouse school, Sarah Halimi, kosher supermarket

B. The 27th anniversary of the AMIA Buenos Aires bombing implicating Iran

C. Extreme left embrace of Jihadism in the Durban World Conference Against Racism and at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil

D. Arab Book Fairs: incitement to hate and violence through books directed to radicalization.

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“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)

Jerusalem, 16 July 2021

16 July 2021

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“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)

Article by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 July 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-cairo-book-fair-remains-rife-with-antisemitism-opinion-673539

This May, in the spirit of the Abraham Accords, Abu Dhabi’s book fair was totally clean. This was not the case in Egypt.

11 July 2021
The Shourouk bookstore features the bestselling hate books from the Cairo International Book Fair 2021
(photo Simon Wiesenthal Center).

The Simon Wiesenthal Center annually monitors the shelves of seven Arab Book Fairs for incitement to hatred and violence. We send our findings to the Frankfurt Book Fair, where measures are taken to ban the listed offenders.

“Defence lawyers shamelessly claimed their clients committed a robbery viewed as ‘Robin Hood taking jewels for the poor’!”

Paris, 4 July 2021

Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled “working since the 1980s with Roger Pinto – founder of SIONA for the defence of French Jews – who, in 2017, was himself a victim of antisemitic violence.”