News Releases 2022

Paris, 3 March 2022

The Annual CRIF (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions) dinner is usually attended by the President of France. On 24 February, President Macron was unable to attend, due to an emergency European meeting on the Ukraine/Russia crisis.

The Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, discussed the Amnesty International issue and the ongoing BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign targeting Israel and the Jews, with French Prime Minister, Jean Castex.

Paris, 19 February 2022

The Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the apparent “Sieg Heil” salute by Angel Dzhambazki, member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament (EP).

Dzhambazki had served in such Parliamentary Committees as Foreign Affairs, Legal Affairs, Disinformation, and is also in the EU Delegation for Relations with the United States.

Paris, 12 February 2022

In an open letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, congratulated his election to a fourth term.

In the letter, he recalled: “The late Simon Wiesenthal would often express his appreciation for three countries:
- The United States, that liberated him from the Nazi camp of Mauthausen;
- Israel where – after losing 87 in the Holocaust – a new family was born;
- The Netherlands, in the 1950’s organized a ‘radiothon’ fundraiser that brought in the means for his continued pursuit to bring war criminals to justice.”

Paris, 10 February 2022

Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, commented this week’s French court sentence of “Fr. Abbot” Olivier Rioult, author of “The Jewish Question – Synthesis” (under his own publishing house “Saint Agobard” – in honour of the vehemently antisemitic 8th century Archbishop Agobard).

Together with his neo-Nazi friend, Hervé Lalin (a.k.a. Ryssen), he was tried for posting a 2019 video on YouTube, calling the Jews “snakes... a problem whose solution requires continued combat and extermination.”

Paris, 3 February 2022

Published in 2002, “The Lost Territories of the Republic” (“Les Territoires perdus de la République”) was written by Georges Bensoussan, under a nom de plume “Emmanuel Brenner.”

The book revealed already the core of Islamist antisemitism in the classroom.