News Releases 2021

“The use of Nazi-related symbology is not a trivial matter, but rather politically motivated. The banalization of the Holocaust has been around for decades, but today serves as a pernicious tool of antisemitism.”

Paris, 23 July 2021

In a letter to Dr. Julian de Grahl, CEO of Spreadshirt – an international textile speed-printing company based in Leipzig, Germany –, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “sickening outrage to see a Spreadshirt t-shirt with the yellow star – assimilating the anti-vaxxers to the Jewish victims of the Nazis – in rallies this week.”

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
19 July 2021
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/today-27th-commemoration-of-amia-bombing/

In 2006, a Franco-Palestinian organization sued me for defamation. I needed bona fides for my defence.

Among them was Hector Timerman, then Argentine Ambassador to the United Nations. He wrote about my visit to his father, Jacobo, during the military dictatorship. He added that this had helped him to find shelter in Israel.

In 2013, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, he called me to say that he had been implicated in a memorandum with Iran to forget the AMIA bombing in exchange for an exchange of large sums for Argentine ‘purchases’. He protested this as a lie.

Jerusalem, 18 July 2021

20 July 2021
Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
at the podium of the GFCA, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
(photo Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Bullet points for a report from the field:

A. The three waves of Islamist terror focusing on France
1) The 1980 Copernic Synagogue bombing, launching 73 attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets in Western Europe, of which 29 in France until 1982
2) The transplantation of the 2000 intifada to Europe, attacks by native born radical Muslims
3) Lone wolf attacks: Toulouse school, Sarah Halimi, kosher supermarket

B. The 27th anniversary of the AMIA Buenos Aires bombing implicating Iran

C. Extreme left embrace of Jihadism in the Durban World Conference Against Racism and at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil

D. Arab Book Fairs: incitement to hate and violence through books directed to radicalization.

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“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)

Jerusalem, 16 July 2021

16 July 2021

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“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)

Article by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 July 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-cairo-book-fair-remains-rife-with-antisemitism-opinion-673539

This May, in the spirit of the Abraham Accords, Abu Dhabi’s book fair was totally clean. This was not the case in Egypt.

11 July 2021
The Shourouk bookstore features the bestselling hate books from the Cairo International Book Fair 2021
(photo Simon Wiesenthal Center).

The Simon Wiesenthal Center annually monitors the shelves of seven Arab Book Fairs for incitement to hatred and violence. We send our findings to the Frankfurt Book Fair, where measures are taken to ban the listed offenders.