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News Releases 2020

Paris, 28 December 2020

Mr. Prime Minister,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights NGO. Founded in Los Angeles in 1977, the Centre has a constituency of over 400,000 members. It applies the lessons of the Holocaust to fight antisemitism and other contemporary forms of discrimination and hate. The Centre is accredited as an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.

Our members around the world were deeply moved by your message to mark the centenary of the1920 San Remo Conference. The Jewish State was born in San Remo, “where the leading world powers of the time accepted the principle of a home for the Jews in the land of Israel.”

“The banalization of this archetype of hate and discrimination is scathing... Destroy all supplies of the Hitler hoodie, investigate and cut all contacts with the delinquent company. An apology is due to the Jewish community, lest the ‘Hitler hoodie’ becomes a symbol for neo-Nazi and white supremacist hate.”

Paris, 27 December 2020

Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage to Vova – through its headquarters in London, its offices in Hong Kong and its press office in Paris – for its online sale of what Vova trades as “Casual Adolf Hitler Funny Graphic Hoodies New Fashion for Men.”

Buenos Aires and Paris, 24 December 2020

The Wiesenthal Center has been deeply involved in following the 1994 massacre of 85 dead and over 300 wounded and the consequent INTERPOL “red notices” – international arrest warrants – against Iran and its servant, Hizbollah, in the atrocity.

A few weeks before the murder of the AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman – the day before he was due to implicate government figures in the trial procedure to the Argentine Congress –, he dined in London with the Wiesenthal Center`s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.

Paris, 23 December 2020

In letters to Martin Benda, Puma Legal Counsel, and Bertrand Allain, JCDecaux Group General Counsel, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, responded to their respective correspondence of last week: “We bring to your attention the fact that ‘Collectif Palestine Vaincra’ (‘Palestine will Vanquish’) continues its ongoing BDS campaign (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against Puma, as equipment provider of the Israeli Football Team, through social media and distribution of leaflets in mailboxes.”

Paris, 20 December 2020 

In a letter to Miss France Competition Director-General, Sylvie Tellier, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the wave of Twitter attacks against April Benayoum, Miss Provence and first runner-up in Miss France 2021.

“There have been critiques of feminist organizations who consider beauty competitions as debasing to women, but this year – the Miss France centenary – will be remembered as a sick exercise in Jew-hatred,” argued Samuels.