News Releases 2022

Article by Dr Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
8 June 2022

Peace cannot be bought. But incitement through hostile media keeps the Goebbels fire burning and sadly, the lies persist.

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Then-US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell attends a rally protesting anti-Israel bias
outside the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, in 2019 (photo Denis Balibouse/Reuters).

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva holds the infamous Item 7 pertaining to Israel and the OPT – the so-called Occupied Palestinian Territories – at each session.

The following Item 8 applies to the rest of the world.

Paris, 8 June 2022

The beating in Strasbourg, France, of a Jewish man sticking posters of his wife, a candidate for the centre-right Republican Party (LR), in the forthcoming legislative elections, is now politicized.

The victim, 41 year old Liron Rozenhaft, reported to the police that he was followed by men, who began tearing down the posters and then attacked him.

The Mayor of Strasbourg, Green Party (EELV) Madam Jeanne Barseghian, condemned the violence, with no mention of antisemitism.

Paris, 2 June 2022

Madam Ursula von der Leyen,
President of the European Commission,

On behalf of our 400,000 members, we are aghast at the statements of your Representative, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.

As a German national, he has apparently forgotten his history and responsibility to the Jewish people, by such statement as, “terrorist attacks against Israelis should not be surprising given the depth of Palestinian suffering from the 74 years of conflict with Israel!”

Paris, 31 May 2022

International Quds Day began with the return to Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini, from his exile in France. Each year, since the 1979 revolution, Tehran has promoted Quds Day to ingratiate itself with Muslim organizations and demonstrators mobilized “against Zionism and in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.”

The idea was to reverse the narrative of Jerusalem Day: the celebration of Jerusalem becoming the “grievance of Al-Quds” – just as terrorist murderers were to be rehabilitated as “holy martyrs”.

Quds Day sees pro-Palestinian groups parading with flags in Paris, London and elsewhere in Europe, and has become also a bridge between Sunna and Shi’a for a common cause.

Paris, 30 May 2022

“The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall led to a snowball effect of archives opening across Europe,” stated Dr Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations.

“Each archive added new revelations on the crimes of World War Two. In 1997, our Geneva Conference, entitled ‘Restitution: A Moral Debt to History’, led to the creation, in France, of the CIVS (Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation), in 1999.”

76,000 Jews were deported from France between 1942 and 1944. In 1999, the CIVS held 29,934 files.