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News Releases 2020

“Parallel events were planned across France, Europe and worldwide... The exercise is to be repeated on 1 July.”

“The Centre is in contact with the appropriate Ministries in each of the sites involved.”

Paris, 27 June 2020 

A mass anti-Israel rally marched through central Paris – from Barbès to Nation – organized by a coalition of Palestine - solidarity groups, including: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, BDS France, Euro-Palestine, etc. with extreme left supporters and trade unions.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
25 June 2020

25 June 2020
Wiesenthal Centre members demonstrate at UNOG Geneva
(photo is free and property of Simon Wiesenthal Centre).

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Authored by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, following the Holocaust and only months after the return to Jewish sovereignty, a new world seemed apparent, to be led by the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, to evermore condemn dictatorship, crimes against humanity, racism and, certainly, antisemitism.

“We call on leaders of ‘Black Lives Matter’ to publicly condemn antisemitism, whether from extreme right or far left infiltration into their movement.”

Paris, 14 June 2020 

“As in last year’s infiltration of the ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrations by antisemitic, anti-Zionist and Holocaust denying neo-Nazis, so yesterday, Jew-hatred was exposed at the rally inspired by ‘Black Lives Matter’, in an around the Place de la République in Paris,” stated the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.

“VRT has responded that the ‘Children of the Holocaust’ series has been vetted by four experts. They are clearly not experts in Jewish or Arab Palestinian history!”

Paris, 14 June 2020

In a letter to Belgian Federal Prime Minister, Madam Sophie Wilmès, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at “the Holocaust distortion by the Belgian State broadcaster, VRT, in its Flemish-language television series ‘Children of the Holocaust’.”

The letter slammed, “its voiceover, VRT, outrageously claimed that, in May 1948, ‘Jewish militants perpetrated massacres in 20 Palestinian villages, prompting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to flee’,”... continuing, “There is no mention of Arab terror and pogroms from 1929 against Jewish villages and cities across the British Palestine Mandate.”

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The 1929 Arab riots against the Jews of the British Mandate of Palestine, related
The New York Times and The Baltimore News (credit:

Paris, 14 June 2020 

Last Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) – a tribunal that tests the jurisprudential rulings of European states – cancelled the French highest appeals court 2015 conviction against eleven BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists against the State of Israel.

France views BDS as an incitement to antisemitism. The ECHR ruled that the BDSers’ penalty violated their “freedom of expression.”