News Releases 2020

“London University SOAS ‘Hebrew Year Abroad’ was annually held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ). It was argued that the HUJ campus is on ‘occupied territory’... Hate is not freedom of expression!”

Paris, 17 August 2020 

In a letter to the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, slammed London University School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Academic Board for the termination of its “Annual Hebrew Programme.”

Wiesenthal Centre claims that, “in the case of antisemitism, the contributing factor of anti-Zionism/anti-Israelism is inadequately addressed... urging adoption of the IHRA Definition.”

Paris, 15 August 2020 

In letters to UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels – also Permanent Observer to UNESCO and active NGO participant at the European Parliament – commended this joint initiative: “The objective of this project is announced as providing 'new resources to counter COVID-19 conspiracy theories online, through critical thinking and empathy'.”

“Right now, the French Jewish community has three needs: Security, Security and Security!”

Paris, 12 August 2020 

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, has called on recently appointed French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin: “In view of the rising number of violent attacks on Jewish citizens, it is time to bring back the armed military to guard Jewish neighbourhoods, synagogues, schools and other community institutions.”

He added, “Following the 2015 Jihadi assault on a Paris Kosher supermarket, then President Hollande provided a security detail to all Jewish buildings that needed it... The military guards were eventually removed and never replaced by the Macron administration.”

“We are behooved to join IBUKA against deniers who are members of the Commission on Belgian Colonial Past, to ensure that our mutual victims are not murdered twice.”

Paris, 10 August 2020

“The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has worked closely with IBUKA (“Remember”), the international NGO that emerged out of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. We now support IBUKA’s battle for “Genocide deniers to be expelled from the Belgian Commission on its Colonial Past,” stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre’s Director for International Relations.

10 August 2020
Dr. Samuels as keynote speaker on the 7 April Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide,
at the Wall of Peace, on the Champ de Mars in Paris.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
8 August 2020

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).