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News Releases 2020

“The Purveying of hatred stains Amazon's image everywhere.”

Paris, 10 April 2020

In a letter to Amazon Germany CEO, Ralf Kleber, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled protesting, in 2017,  the sale online by Amazon Germany ( of “Die Rothschilds: Eine Familie beherrscht die Welt” (“The Rothschilds: A Family that Controls the World”), written by conspiracy ideologist Tilman Knechtel.

Jerusalem, 8 April 2020

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I write to you on behalf of Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, our 400,000 worldwide membership and the Board of Simon Wiesenthal - United Kingdom.

We wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

As the Angel of Death literally passes over us this evening, the Passover, may you be protected and out of danger.

Many Jews regard your election as that of a friend and ally in combatting antisemitism and other forms of hatred.

A Refuah Shlema. Our prayers are with you.

Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre

“Jihadism is not a malady, it is a fatal virus!”

Paris, 5 April 2020

In a letter to French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuel, commended his “immediate visit to the scene of the stabbings in Romans-sur-Isère”... and his reference to the Sudanese suspect’s “terrorist background,” adding, “we hope that your comment will prevent the lengthy psychiatric examinations following the murders of Sarah Halimi and Mireille Knoll, in the former case closed on the basis of the perpetrator’s ‘lack of self-control due to the use of narcotics'.”

Recidivist, widely known as anti-Jewish hatemonger, Alain Soral, is back: "The Couillonavirus (Crapvirus) organized community that controls France... The Jews run entertainment, politics, medicine, the economy...”

Paris, 3 April 2020

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre joins its partner, BNVCA (Bureau national de vigilance contre l’antisémitisme - the French National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism) in condemning notorious anti-Jewish hatemonger, Alain Soral, for continued incitement, now on Twitter.

3 April 2020

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
1st April 2020

The horrifying story of Simon of Trent not only resulted in the torture and execution of the local Jewish community, its imagery provoked a widespread surge in antisemitic violence throughout Europe.

1 April 2020
Giuseppe Alberti, Alleged martyrdom of Simonino da Trento, 1677, oil on canvas, Trento, Castello
del Buonconsiglio. Provincial monuments and collections (photo Museo Diocesano Tridentino).

In 1989, on vacation in Tuscany, I drove through the beautiful resort of Marina di Massa. By chance, I noticed a poster outside the church of San Domenichino announcing an international poetry contest.