News Releases 2021
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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“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)
“Norway's neo-Nazi movement, Vigrid, should be banned as an example that incitement to hate is not freedom of expression!”
Paris, 5 March 2021
In a letter to Delphine Ernotte, the newly elected President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – better known for its subsidiary, the Eurovision Song Contest –, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, brought attention to “an apparent indifference to antisemitism in one of your 116 member organizations, the Norwegian NRK (Norsk rikskringkasting - Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)...” continuing, “The case of NRK P13 digital music channel radio host, Shaun Henrik Matheson’s rant to his predominantly young audience: ‘I wish the vaccine did not work in Israel... Israel is a shitty country!’ – is unacceptable.”
Paris, 3 March 2021
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre last week contacted a number of Foreign Ministers, Secretaries of State and a Prime Minister, urging them to boycott the “celebration” of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference Against Racism.
Held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2001, the first WCAR degenerated into an antisemitic hatefest.
“The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action would have to be cleansed rather than whitewashed for Jews to not see it as yet another exercise in blood libel and antisemitic hate-mongering!”
UN-Geneva, 22 February 2021
After 10 hours of speeches from member-states at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations and Permanent Observer to the UNOG (UN Organization in Geneva), Dr. Shimon Samuels, found himself in cloud cuckoo land.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
16 February 2021
The Spanish Civil War has left scars until the present, splitting families and ideological movements from the extreme right to the far left.
Hitler and Mussolini’s troops and supply of arms brought Franco to power as a prelude to World War Two.