News Releases 2020
Paris, 2 November 2020
Apparently three armed men fired on Austrian Police officers reportedly guarding the synagogue and kosher restaurant. One terrorist was shot, the others are being tracked down. The synagogue was empty, but reports deplore at least three civilian casualties.
“The Centre regards Vienna as the home-base of its mentor, Simon Wiesenthal, who was there targeted several times including a bombing... We stand in solidarity with the families of the civilian victims and police casualties, with the Viennese Jewish community and with the current Austrian government as a true friend of Israel... We also commend the police force for their rapid response,” stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
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Paris and Malmö, 31 October 2020
“The reason is that the association that organizes the book fair has violated the cooperation agreement with Ibn Rushd.”
The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, commended this decision.
The Swedish-based Ibn Rushd Study Association for Adult Education, that focuses on faith, rights and diversity – based on the work of 12th Century Cordoba Muslim jurist, physician and philosopher, also known as Averroes – sent to the Wiesenthal Centre a copy of the following letter:
Paris, 29 October 2020
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe, in partnership with ECCAR – the 158 municipality-member European Coalition of Cities Against Racism – held a zoom meeting entitled “How Can Cities Respond to the Rise of Antisemitism?”.
The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, thanked ECCAR President Benedetto Zacchiroli for bringing together Bologna, Brussels, Heidelberg and Wroclaw to discuss this subject, even more pernicious in the age of COVID-19. Samuels looked forward to continued projects with ECCAR.
The Centre thanked its expert invitees, all champions of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) Definition of Antisemitism: Lord Mann, MP Sylvain Maillard, Prof. David Meghnagi and Mayor Uwe Becker.
“Malmö municipality must investigate those behind the original support and take appropriate measures to ensure that sponsorship for any form of hatred is never repeated.”
Paris, 28 October 2020
Based on the letter by Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, to the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, and the Jewish community, revealing antisemitic texts promoted through the Arab Book Fair, the City of Malmö has suspended its collaboration with the Fair and is seeking to close it down definitively. [see Malmö official statement in attachment]
“The Fair’s official website offers a link to purchase at the online bookstore (Safahat Publishers of Syria) ‘The Synagogue of Satan: The Secret History of Jewish World Domination’.”
This outrage was sent by the Wiesenthal Centre to Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, demanding immediate action.
Paris, 27 October 2020
The following outrage was shared with the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, demanding immediate action.
Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, today opened a zoom meeting on combating antisemitism in partnership with ECCAR, the over 150 municipality-member European Coalition of Cities Against Racism.