News Releases 2020

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
23 April 2020

In the early 16th century, Martin Luther – a German priest and leader of the Protestant Reformation – led a call for pogroms against Jews and synagogue desecration.

In the 1990s, the Lutheran Church belatedly condemned the antisemitism of its founder. A pale rendition of the Catholic ‘Nostra Aetate’.

Paris, 17 April 2020

In a letter to the CEO of ECTVPLAY, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, condemned the online video platform's Spanish language broadcast this week on Youtube, an 11-minute clip entitled “They Only Tell You What They Want You to Believe” (Solo te digan lo que quieran que tu creas), with British arch-conspiracy theorist, David Icke
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This was based on the original English version from “Success Archive” (broadcast on 25 March), based in Romania, again through Youtube
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“The Purveying of hatred stains Amazon's image everywhere.”

Paris, 10 April 2020

In a letter to Amazon Germany CEO, Ralf Kleber, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled protesting, in 2017,  the sale online by Amazon Germany ( of “Die Rothschilds: Eine Familie beherrscht die Welt” (“The Rothschilds: A Family that Controls the World”), written by conspiracy ideologist Tilman Knechtel.

Jerusalem, 8 April 2020

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I write to you on behalf of Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, our 400,000 worldwide membership and the Board of Simon Wiesenthal - United Kingdom.

We wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

As the Angel of Death literally passes over us this evening, the Passover, may you be protected and out of danger.

Many Jews regard your election as that of a friend and ally in combatting antisemitism and other forms of hatred.

A Refuah Shlema. Our prayers are with you.

Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre

“Jihadism is not a malady, it is a fatal virus!”

Paris, 5 April 2020

In a letter to French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuel, commended his “immediate visit to the scene of the stabbings in Romans-sur-Isère”... and his reference to the Sudanese suspect’s “terrorist background,” adding, “we hope that your comment will prevent the lengthy psychiatric examinations following the murders of Sarah Halimi and Mireille Knoll, in the former case closed on the basis of the perpetrator’s ‘lack of self-control due to the use of narcotics'.”