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News Releases 2023

Paris, 6 February 2023

After seven years monitoring hate at the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) for the Wiesenthal Centre, Dr Shimon Samuels noted that “this year has seen a tsunami of Arabic editions of Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’, the Tsarist secret police forgery ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, Henry Ford’s ‘The International Jew’ and Guy Carr’s ‘Pawns in the Game’ (the ‘implementation of the Protocols’), spread out along a dozen of stands.”

What is particularly worrying in this CIBF is that, among the listed publishers, figure not only the usual purveyors of hate, conspiracy theories and antisemitism – such as Dar Al-Kitab Al-Araby – but also apparent newcomers in the business, who consider that these books meet the local market’s demand.

Since the inception of Arab nationalism, ‘Mein Kampf’ is being peddled as a classic staple for Egyptian families. How could academics, journalists or diplomats really find justification in Arab anti-Zionism – and claim it is not antisemitism if the non-religious political bestseller in the Arab world is a book that calls for the extermination of the Jews?

“This is our third success this month, with Barcelona and Avignon.”

Paris, 31 January 2023

The Mayor of Lyon has cancelled the conference – planned for 1 February – entitled “30 Years After Signing the Oslo Accords: Overview on Palestine,” featuring exclusively pro-Palestinian invitees for a one-sided Israel-bashing hate-fest.

Among the speakers was Salah Hamouri, presented as a “Franco-Palestinian lawyer... former political prisoner.”

Paris, 29 January 2023

The Wiesenthal Centre recognizes the city of Lyon as having been one of the strongholds of anti-Nazi Resistance during World War Two. It is also where SS and Gestapo officer Klaus Barbie, a.k.a. “the Butcher of Lyon”, was responsible for torturing and killing up to 4,000 adults and children and deporting 7,500 Jews to their death in Auschwitz. It took 40 years to track him down and bring him to justice.

The past week was marked by the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which coincides with the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army. Palestinian terrorists decided to mark the date by launching rockets on Israel and letting loose gunmen to kill Jews.

Paris, 21 January 2023

The Barcelona Municipal Council claims to have postponed the vote to break the “twinning” between the capital of Catalonia and Tel Aviv, to an agreed date in February.

The anti-Israel faction professes, contemptuously, “so as not to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

Paris, 19 January 2023

In an open letter supporting Isaac Benzaquen Pinto, a Spanish Jewish Community leader, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, demanded Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau to withdraw from a hateful campaign calling to break the twinning between the Catalonian capital and Tel Aviv.

Barcelona has a Friendship and Cooperation Agreement with Tel Aviv since 1998. Both cities are characterized as open and diverse societies, active in promoting art, culture, high-tech start-ups and tourism. Both are known worldwide as defenders of LGBT and minority rights.

Reportedly, a petition campaign under the spurious slogan “Barcelona with no Apartheid - NO”, has been signed by the number – of haters of Israel and the Jews – needed to call for a City Council vote.