News Releases 2020

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
1st April 2020
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Steps-against-a-blood-libel-that-is-still-bleeding-opinion-623238

The horrifying story of Simon of Trent not only resulted in the torture and execution of the local Jewish community, its imagery provoked a widespread surge in antisemitic violence throughout Europe.

1 April 2020
Giuseppe Alberti, Alleged martyrdom of Simonino da Trento, 1677, oil on canvas, Trento, Castello
del Buonconsiglio. Provincial monuments and collections (photo Museo Diocesano Tridentino).

In 1989, on vacation in Tuscany, I drove through the beautiful resort of Marina di Massa. By chance, I noticed a poster outside the church of San Domenichino announcing an international poetry contest.

“The imagery of Jews blood-letting a Christian child to bake the matzah is a travesty dated two weeks before Passover and Easter... The blood libel is still bleeding!” 

Paris, 27 March 2020

In a letter to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels expressed shock at a recently published painting by Giovanni Gasparro. This Italian artist views himself as a devout Catholic, but apparently rejects the principles of the Second Vatican Council and Nostra Aetate.

“She is accused of poisoning water wells and knowingly misleading the French public concerning Coronavirus. She appears alongside the yellow star marked ‘Jude’ (‘Jew’), imposed on the Jewish population by the Nazis... Take strongest measures against those who tarnish French medecine with the brush of hate!"

Paris, 25 March 2020 

In a letter to French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relatioins, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed disgust at the online attack against former Health Minister, Dr. Agnès Buzyn, accusing her - in the language of the medieval blood libel - of ‘poisoning water wells and knowingly misleading the French public concerning Coronavirus.’ She appears alongside the yellow star marked ‘Jude’ (‘Jew’), imposed on the Jewish population by the Nazis.”

25 March 2020
The antisemitic Twitter message attacking Agnès Buzyn.

Blog by Drs. Shimon Samuels and Graciela Vaserman Samuels published in The Jerusalm Post
19 March 2020
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Malthusian-coronavirus-Nowhere-to-run-to-621640

Now released, we are warned, as senior citizens, to remain in quarantine. In any case, there seems logically little place else to hide from the virus.

19 March 2020
Air travelers walk, after further cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New York, in Terminal 1
at JFK International Airport in New York (photo Reuters).

Landing in Israel from the AIPAC convention in Washington, I was sent into a mandatory 14-day isolation.

Now released, we are warned, as senior citizens, to remain in quarantine. In any case, there seems logically little place else to hide from the virus.

“We believe that these long dormant accounts hold monies looted from Jewish victims.”

Paris and Buenos Aires, 2 March 2020

Argentine investigator, Pedro Filipuzzi, has shared with Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung - respectively the Centre’s Director for International Relations and Director for Latin America - a list of some 12,000 names of Nazis in Argentina, many of whom had contributed to one or more bank accounts at the Schweitzerische Kreditanstalt, which became the Credit Suisse bank, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

During the 1930s, the pro-Nazi military regime of President José Félix Uriburu, who was nicknamed “Von Pepe” as a Germanophile, and of his successor Agustín Pedro Justo, welcomed a growing Nazi presence in Argentina.