News Releases 2020
“A sticker virus spreads hate across the city.”
Paris, 8 May 2020
In a letter to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to “a growing pandemic of antisemitic stickers in and around the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est area – the principal Paris train stations, in 10th arrondissement.”
The letter stressed that, “many of the stickers call for ‘Separation between the French State and CRIF’ (the French Jewish Leadership Council). Others, equating the State of Israel with Nazi Germany, cover lamp posts.”
“What is deemed by our constituency as attacks on a cardinal ethic of Judaism will be construed as an assault on the Jewish people.”
Paris, 3 May 2020
In a letter to Advocate Steven Svoboda, Executive Director of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC), the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, protested ARC’s campaign to ban “Brith Mila” Jewish circumcision and “requested Svoboda's comments on our references below.
Paris, 28 April 2020
The Paris suburb of Colombes has seen violence over the last weeks, directed at police, in clashes demanding an end to lockdown.
Since 2015, it came under threat of Jihadist attacks.
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, “yesterday, in the same suburb, a 29 year old resident rammed his car into two motorcycle police officers... With a knife found in the car, the driver claimed he acted ‘for the cause of Palestine’.”
“Statements broadcast on social media, such as last week’s French Ambassador at the UN Security Council warning to Israel – if it moves to annexe areas of the West Bank populated by Israelis –, may have aroused youth in Paris to attack French traffic police ‘in the name of Palestine’.”
The perpetrator was arrested and awaits trial. Both policemen were wounded, one in the head, the other in the stomach and legs.
“The Wiesenthal Centre wishes the two officers a speedy and complete recovery,” concluded Samuels.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
23 April 2020
In the early 16th century, Martin Luther – a German priest and leader of the Protestant Reformation – led a call for pogroms against Jews and synagogue desecration.
In the 1990s, the Lutheran Church belatedly condemned the antisemitism of its founder. A pale rendition of the Catholic ‘Nostra Aetate’.
Paris, 17 April 2020
In a letter to the CEO of ECTVPLAY, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, condemned the online video platform's Spanish language broadcast this week on Youtube, an 11-minute clip entitled “They Only Tell You What They Want You to Believe” (Solo te digan lo que quieran que tu creas), with British arch-conspiracy theorist, David Icke
(see link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asdf12kAvwE ).
This was based on the original English version from “Success Archive” (broadcast on 25 March), based in Romania, again through Youtube