Editorials

Paris, 28 December 2020

Mr. Prime Minister,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights NGO. Founded in Los Angeles in 1977, the Centre has a constituency of over 400,000 members. It applies the lessons of the Holocaust to fight antisemitism and other contemporary forms of discrimination and hate. The Centre is accredited as an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.

Our members around the world were deeply moved by your message to mark the centenary of the1920 San Remo Conference. The Jewish State was born in San Remo, “where the leading world powers of the time accepted the principle of a home for the Jews in the land of Israel.”

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
29 November 2020
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/jaccuse-in-the-shadow-of-dreyfus-at-the-european-union-650621

The Simon Wiesenthal Center for over a year has acted in support of a Spanish Jewish employee, tenured since 1996 and now a senior official of the European Commission.

29 Nov. 2020
The meeting room where an EU leaders’ summit will take place is seen especially adapted to keep
the social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the European Council headquarters
in Brussels, Belgium, July 16, 2020 (photo Yves Herman / Reuters).

On August 26, it was announced that the employee would be fired on 1 September. She was left with the cancellation of her medical insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
8 August 2020
https://www.jpost.com/international/the-30th-anniversary-of-the-outbreak-of-the-gulf-war-a-cuban-perspective-637952

At the end of July, we were on a family vacation in Havana. We had flown from Mexico with a boisterous group of young Danish Communists on their way to cut sugar cane in the Marxist paradise.

8 August 2020 blog
A headstone with a Star of David stands at the Jewish cemetery in Guanabacoa near Havana,
Cuba, in 2007 (photo Claudia Daut/Reuters).

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
18 July 2020

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/toulouses-two-faces-635526

Toulouse has two faces: one of Jihadist anti-Zionism, the other of Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc, proudly twinned with Tel Aviv.

18 July 2020
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.

Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
3 July 2020
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/isis-threat/letter-asks-eu-to-focus-on-isis-volunteers-returning-to-europe-633799

The letter, sent by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, asks the EU to stop focusing on Israel and instead focus on ISIS jihadists.

3 July 2020
A member of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa (photo Reuters).

The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, in which Director for International Relations of the center, Dr. Shimon Samuels, suggested that the EU should stop its focus on Israel, and instead turn its attention to a Turkish ratline that is allegedly bringing former ISIS volunteers into Europe.