News Releases 2021

Paris, 6 February 2021

“When the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by the Rome Statute in 1998, we believed that its role would reflect the work of the late Simon Wiesenthal, to prosecute war criminals,” stated Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.

Samuels argued, “sadly, the ICC pre-trial ruling against Israel shows that yet another United Nations-related institution has been infected by political bias and is becoming an instrument for Palestinian denial of Jewish sovereignty.”

Paris, 5 February 2021 

Mr. President,

We turn to you in support of the National Assembly Deputy, Meyer Habib, campaign for balance in France Inter broadcasts regarding the State of Israel. This network’s apparent obsessive recidivism in its anti-Israel bias has resulted in a warning from the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA – the French audiovisual regulatory council).

A few examples:

France Inter: “In Gaza, the frontier with Israel is one of the most dangerous in the world. And yet the farmers continue to cultivate their fields, while taking great risks.”

“I wish the vaccine did not work in Israel!”

Paris, 4 February 2021

In a letter to Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, backed the MIFF (Norwegian Friends of Israel) outrage at Norway’s State Radio.

Samuels noted that, “Apparently, NRK P13 digital music channel radio host, Shaun Henrik Matheson, ranted a stream of Jew-hatred, to his predominantly young audience.”

Paris, 4 February 2021

In a letter to H.E. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, Bishop of Reims and President of the Conference of Bishops of France, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre noted “its repeated warning that antisemitism in France was metastasizing – both through the anonymity of social media and through explosions of sickening violence – spurred by a Covid-related apocalyptic hate,” continuing, “the French Catholic Church has now addressed this issue, through the document ‘Fighting together against antisemitism and anti-Judaism will be the touchstone of all real fraternity’.”

The Declaration was signed this week by the Bishop with the support of personalities in the forefront of shaping France’s Catholic Church policy.

Paris, 1 February 2021

In a letter to JCDecaux General Counsel, Bertrand Allain, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled that “his response to the Centre’s letters of 15 and 21 December 2020, in regard to an antisemitic hate campaign in Toulouse against PUMA sport equipment that abused the billboards of JCDecaux, was most encouraging in its plans to take serious measures, including police outreach and legal steps.”

The Centre continued: “Unfortunately, we now confront a second wave of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign, reaching central Paris – from Belleville to Saint-Michel through Chatelet – and in particular, new posters on your billboards targeting Israeli Teva Pharmaceuticals and its pharmacy outlets. This is especially ironic, at a time when Israel is supplying anti-COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinian hospitals and medical staff.”