News Releases 2012

Wiesenthal Centre Congratulates François Hollande on his Election as President of France

Paris, 7 May 2012

Wiesenthal Centre Congratulates François Hollande on his Election as President of France. 

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, on behalf of the Centre's 400,000 members and its Dean and Founder, Rabbi Marvin Hier, congratulated newly elected French President François Hollande.

"Reaffirm Commitment to Extradite Canadian Suspect in Copernic Synagogue Bombing"

Paris, 10 April 2012

In a letter to French Presidential candidates, incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party leader François Hollande, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre - France President, Richard Odier and its Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels, pointed out that "for over thirty-one years, every President of France has voiced his steadfast commitment to bring to justice the perpetrator of the October 1980 bombing of the Rue Copernic Synagogue of Paris."

"This follows the charges brought by the Centre's associate in France, the BNVCA"

Paris, 30 March 2012

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre-France expressed its satisfaction at French Interior Minister Claude Gueant's announcement of the prohibition and 
dissolution of the Islamist Forsane Alizza group. 

The Centre's President, Richard Odier, noted that "these steps followed a legal suit against the group brought by the BNVCA - the National 
Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism - which is sponsored by the Wiesenthal Centre".

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58

"Antisemitic Hate Speech Crossed New Threshold with Attack on Toulouse Jewish School...All Jewish Institutions Now at Risk."

Paris 19 March,

The Sim on Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, has called on French Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, to secure all Jewish institutions in the wake of the shooting this morning at the Toulouse "Otzar HaTorah" school.