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News Releases 2021

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
20 September 2021

Mr. President,

France’s recent terrorist history is marked from the 1980 Copernic synagogue bombing to the 1982 Goldenberg restaurant massacre, the Carpentras 1990 Jewish cemetery exhumation of a corpse hung on an umbrella, the 2006 torture to death of Ilan Halimi, the 2012 Toulouse Jewish school attack the 2015 Hyper Kosher supermarket killing hostages, the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi and in 2018 of Mireille Knoll and countless other victims of antisemitism.

Herzliya, 14 September 2021

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, participated in the 20th Annual Summit of the International Counter-Terrorism Conference, held in Herzliya, Israel, from 10 to 14 September. The ICT gathers world experts on terrorism and security, antisemitism and international cooperation.

The Centre’s statement on the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris – and the related trial that opened this week – was widely distributed.
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Shimon Samuels with French Ambassador to Israel Eric Danon.

14 September 2021

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, was welcomed.
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and his statement from: 1.22.34 - 1.25.44.

Harif is a UK association representing Jews from North Africa and the Middle East, led by Lyn Julius.

The flight from Arab countries of almost a million Jewish refugees in the latter half of the 20th century entailed the abandonment or seizure of moveable Jewish heritage – records, archives, documents, artefacts, including Torah scrolls. However, Arab governments are now claiming that the moveable heritage of exiled minority groups is part of their national heritage. What does international law say on the subject, what are the chances that Jewish heritage will be restored to its rightful owners, and what avenues – legal or otherwise – are open to them?

Paris, 9 September 2021

In a meeting of 7 September, the Italian Government has decided to not participate in the forthcoming Durban IV conference, to be held in New York on 22 September.

Originally meant to address the issues of racism and discrimination, the Durban WCAR, since its inception in 2001, has been hijacked by hatemongers worldwide.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
9 September 2021

For the 20th World Summit on Counter Terrorism

Arab terrorism on French soil had predominantly focused on Jewish targets, especially since the October 1980 Copernic synagogue bombing.

This launched 73 shootings and bombings against Jews across Western Europe, of which 29 in France. The terror spree stopped in August 1982 with the attack on the Goldenberg restaurant in the Paris Jewish quarter, that coincided also with the sudden return of European terrorists from PLO training camps in Southern Lebanon, fleeing from an Israeli incursion to end cross-border terror.