News Releases 2015

Paris, 7 January 2015

In a letter to the editorial team of Charlie Hebdo, Wiesenthal Centre French President, Richard Odier and Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed "horror at today's atrocity, our sympathy to the families of its victims and prayers for the wounded."

Samuels noted that "in 2005, we shared the same courtroom with Charlie Hebdo as your then editor, Philippe Val, as we were both charged with defamation by a French Palestinian solidarity organisation."

Odier added, "Today is a black day for freedom of expression, tolerance and respect in France as the very values of the Republic are under attack."

Samuels stressed that "Jihadi fanaticism and terrorism are the same reality for its victims, whether in France, Israel or beyond."

The Centre urged that "the authorities draw the lessons of today and crack down on these threats with all measures available."

“Is it Spanish policy to promote the deletion of the Jewish State of Israel to be replaced by a State of Palestine?”

“Boycott compliant Universities are to be honoured as 'Israeli Apartheid-Free Campuses' and businesses as 'Israeli Apartheid-Free Zones', redolent of Nazi ethnically cleansed 'Judenrein'… BDS is not an alternative to other forms of resistance, but complementary.”

“ 'Andalucia and Palestine': for any Jihadist in the audience is  a call for reconquest of the lost territories of the Caliphate.”

Paris, 5 January 2015

In a report to Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, exposed the funding of antisemitic activities and forums by the Ministry's Agency for International Cooperation (AECID):