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On April 25th, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre participated in the worldwide gatherings of Jews and Gentiles, denouncing the travesty of the trial against the murderer of Sarah Halimi, considered criminally irresponsible because under the influence of drugs at the time.

The rally in Place du Trocadéro, Paris, saw over 20,000 in unison with thousands meeting in London, Rome, Strasbourg, New York, Miami, The Hague, Marseille, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, among others.

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, addressed the public gathered outside the French Embassy in Tel Aviv, then met with the French Ambassador. Pierre Haas, the Centre’s Representative to the Council of Europe, spoke at a rally in front of the Grande Synagogue de la Paix of Strasbourg.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for Global Social Action, addressed the public in front of the French Consulate in Los Angeles, together with a representative of the BNVCA (French National Bureau of Vigilance Against Antisemitism), while similar gatherings were held in front of the French Embassies in Rome, London and elsewhere.

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Wiesenthal Centre on Place du Trocadéro, facing the Eiffel Tower, Paris.

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An aerial view of the Paris-Trocadéro rally of over 20,000. Photo E. Dorra

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Shimon Samuels speaking outside the French Embassy, Tel Aviv.

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Shimon and Graciela Samuels meeting French Ambassador Éric Danon.

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Rabbi Abraham Cooper in front of the French Consulate in Los Angeles. Photos Harvey Farr

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Pierre Haas at the rally in Strasbourg, city of the Council of Europe.

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“J'Accuse - Solidarity with French Jews” rally at the French Embassy in London. Photo A. Hearn

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“Zero Tolerance for Antisemitism” rally at the French Embassy in Rome. Photos D. Meghnagi

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