News Releases 2020

Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
3 July 2020

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.

“Stop fixating on Israel and turn your attention to a dangerous reality: now in their mid-20s to mid-30s, having stoned women charged with adultery, chopping the hands of thieves and decapitating hostages, they are escorted home to theatres near us all.”

Paris, 3 July 2020

In a letter to European Union Minister for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, suggested that “he stop fixating on Israel” and turn his attention to a dangerous reality: “the Turkish ratline network that brought European volunteers to ISIS (in Arabic Daesh) is now bringing them home as qualified Jihadists.”

“Parallel events were planned across France, Europe and worldwide... The exercise is to be repeated on 1 July.”

“The Centre is in contact with the appropriate Ministries in each of the sites involved.”

Paris, 27 June 2020 

A mass anti-Israel rally marched through central Paris – from Barbès to Nation – organized by a coalition of Palestine - solidarity groups, including: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, BDS France, Euro-Palestine, etc. with extreme left supporters and trade unions.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
25 June 2020

25 June 2020
Wiesenthal Centre members demonstrate at UNOG Geneva
(photo is free and property of Simon Wiesenthal Centre).

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Authored by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, following the Holocaust and only months after the return to Jewish sovereignty, a new world seemed apparent, to be led by the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, to evermore condemn dictatorship, crimes against humanity, racism and, certainly, antisemitism.

“We call on leaders of ‘Black Lives Matter’ to publicly condemn antisemitism, whether from extreme right or far left infiltration into their movement.”

Paris, 14 June 2020 

“As in last year’s infiltration of the ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrations by antisemitic, anti-Zionist and Holocaust denying neo-Nazis, so yesterday, Jew-hatred was exposed at the rally inspired by ‘Black Lives Matter’, in an around the Place de la République in Paris,” stated the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.