News Releases 2020

“The Rue de Rosiers families of victims and survivors deserve closure.”

Paris, 29 November 2020 

On 11 September 2020, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, wrote to Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, commending the arrest of Walid Abdulrahman Abu Zayed, suspected perpetrator of the Abu Nidal Organization’s terrorist attack of 9 August 1982.

The news agencies at the time blasted: “Using machine guns, pistols and grenades, four terrorists killed six and wounded 22, at lunchtime in Goldenberg’s Restaurant of Rue des Rosiers, in the Paris Jewish quarter.”

“The three countries, reportedly ‘dealing’ with terrorists – directly or indirectly – endanger themselves and all EU member states.”

Paris, 19 November 2020 

In a letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at findings of the highly regarded Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), entitled “Have France, Spain and Ireland agreed to fund Palestinian terror organizations?”

Paris, 15 November 2020 

On October 28, in the lead up to Kristallnacht, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the United Kingdom (SWC-UK), in cooperation with the Edgware United Synagogue in London, organized a Zoom lecture by the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, entitled: “With Clenched Fist and Outstretched Arm: The Theft of Jewish Identity and the Holocaust Narrative.”

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See related YouTube presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6eb8zuE-Nc

Paris, 8 November 2020 

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed support for the UK Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) action against Nazim Ali, a London chemist and organizer of the annual “Al-Quds Day” march. “A complaint registered regarding his antisemitism was presented to the Practice Committee (Ethics Panel) of the UK Pharmaceutical Regulatory agency, but was rejected on the claim that their member’s behaviour could be seen as ‘grossly offensive but not antisemitic’.”

During the march, led by Ali, he used his loudspeaker to claim that the June 2017 Grenfell 24 storey tower fire – causing 72 dead and over 70 wounded – was “an act of the Zionists.”

Calling for the “annihilation of Israel,” he added that the Israeli Army was “a terrorist organization murdering Palestinians, Jews (sic) and British soldiers.”

“In view of the recent official peace and normalization of relations signed with Israel, we call on Your Highness to act immediately against texts that are incompatible with the Abraham Accords and an abuse that offends the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE itself.”

Paris, 6 November 2020 

In a letter to H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Emir of Sharjah, UAE, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, stated: “This week’s opening of the Sharjah International Book Fair has drawn our attention to displays of antisemitic books that should have no place at the Fair. Sadly, the current SIBF is abused, particularly by the recidivist Egyptian publisher Dar El-Kitab Alaraby (stand D5-D6). Examples include: