Paris, 26 June 2015

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Paris-based Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed horror at the gruesome attack today on Air Products, a United States-owned company, in Saint Quentin-Fallavier, France.

“The decapitated head of a victim, defaced with Arabic script and impaled on a fence, will remain the indelible image of this latest threshold in European terror attacks,” claimed Samuels.

The statement continued, “As the late Simon Wiesenthal would often observe, 'What begins with the Jews never ends with them!’”

“ISIS flags in Europe point to a consortium of targets: Western, American, Christian, Muslim moderates, women, Gays ... any representation of democratic values and diversity,” argued the Centre.

“The Wiesenthal Centre expresses sympathy with the victims' families and calls for activation of governmental surveillance of Islamist activists known to security authorities even prior to 2008 - apparently the case of Yassin Salim, the prime suspect in this assault,” concluded Samuels.