News Releases 2021

Herzliya, 14 September 2021

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, participated in the 20th Annual Summit of the International Counter-Terrorism Conference, held in Herzliya, Israel, from 10 to 14 September. The ICT gathers world experts on terrorism and security, antisemitism and international cooperation.

The Centre’s statement on the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris – and the related trial that opened this week – was widely distributed.
See link: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/2015-paris-terror-attacks-a-jewish-perspective/
or https://wiesenthal-europe.com/en/news-releases-2021/848-2015-paris-terror-attacks-a-jewish-perspective

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Shimon Samuels with French Ambassador to Israel Eric Danon.

Paris, 9 September 2021

In a meeting of 7 September, the Italian Government has decided to not participate in the forthcoming Durban IV conference, to be held in New York on 22 September.

Originally meant to address the issues of racism and discrimination, the Durban WCAR, since its inception in 2001, has been hijacked by hatemongers worldwide.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
9 September 2021

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/2015-paris-terror-attacks-a-jewish-perspective/

For the 20th World Summit on Counter Terrorism

Arab terrorism on French soil had predominantly focused on Jewish targets, especially since the October 1980 Copernic synagogue bombing.

This launched 73 shootings and bombings against Jews across Western Europe, of which 29 in France. The terror spree stopped in August 1982 with the attack on the Goldenberg restaurant in the Paris Jewish quarter, that coincided also with the sudden return of European terrorists from PLO training camps in Southern Lebanon, fleeing from an Israeli incursion to end cross-border terror.

Paris, 4 September 2021

H.E. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas,

We are concerned about German policy to return to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) table of six – the five UN Security Council Permanent Members: France, UK, US, Russia and China, plus Germany – in talks with Iran.

Of these, China and Russia are strategically involved with Tehran and are, apparently, also close to recognizing a Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Editorial by Shimon Samuels, Alex Uberti
published in The Jerusalem Post
1st September 2021

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/morocco-algeria-and-israel-on-peace-anniversary-opinion-678402

An important background impacting the Accords is the historic status of Jews in Algeria and Morocco, an indicator of each of these two countries’ contemporary attitudes toward Israel.

1 September 2021
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a news conference in Rabat, Morocco, last month
(photo Youssef Boudlal/Reuters).

The Abraham Accords’ forthcoming anniversary will celebrate a growing interest in the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa.