News Releases 2022

Paris, 23 May 2022

Mr. Darmanin,

First, permit me to congratulate you on your confirmation to the Interior Ministry in the new Government Cabinet.

You will recall our conversation praising your decision to close those Mosques whose Imams had preached antisemitism. Your position has consistently been in defence of the rule of law and therefore of French Jewry.

Our Centre is now gravely disturbed at the murder in Lyon last week of 90-year old René Hadjadj. This act is reminiscent of the case of Sarah Halimi, thrown from her third floor balcony after being savagely beaten by her neighbour yelling “Allahu Akbar!”

Article by Dr Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
18 May 2022
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/fiba-secretary-general-and-bilbao-mayor-in-wake-of-violence-against-israeli-fans/

In a letter to Andreas Zagklis, Secretary-General of FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and Juan Maria Aburto Rique, Mayor of Bilbao, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage in regard to Sunday’s attack on Israeli basketball fans by a so-called ‘pro-Palestinian’ group in Bilbao, Spain. The victims included children with their parents on their way to the stadium. The Hapoel Holon fans had come to Bilbao for an international basketball match against German MHP RiesenLudwigsburg.

The letter stressed: “This is not the first time Israeli fans visiting Spain have been targeted!”

Paris, 15 May 2022

In a letter to Andreas Zagklis, Secretary-General of FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and Juan Mari Aburto Rique, Mayor of Bilbao, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage in regard to last Sunday’s attack on Israeli basketball fans by a so-called “pro-Palestinian” group in Bilbao, Spain. The victims included children with their parents on their way to the stadium. The Hapoel Holon fans had come to Bilbao for an international basketball match against German MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.

The letter stressed: “This is not the first time Israeli fans visiting Spain have been targeted!”

Paris, 13 May 2022

13 May 2022
Samuels with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

“Antisemitic terrorism in France originated in the 1970s and 1980s with professional killers drawn to Europe from the Middle East, covered by European extreme-left militants trained by the PLO in Lebanon,” stated Dr Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations.

Paris, 5 May 2022

In a letter to Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, thanked the Director-General “for the response to our request that this summer’s 45th session of the World Heritage Committee be cancelled due to its location, in Kazan, Russia.... The decision to postpone the session sine die is an important step.”

The letter continued, “We feel, however, that other steps need to be taken by the World Heritage Committee during “armed conflict”, especially with reference to the news that Russian troops are perpetrating theft in Ukrainian museums.”