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News Releases 2021

“A banality would suggest that, although both Fofana’s antisemitic murders were accepted to have been premeditated, Fofana No.1 went to jail as he and his co-conspirators ‘never inhaled drugs!’”

Paris, 19 April 2021

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled “Youssouf Fofana, as a self-declared antisemite and leader of the so-called ‘Gang of Barbarians’, who was sentenced in France in 2009 to life for the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi three years earlier...”

“Tonight the murderer will be feted as a hero and frighteningly encourage followers to action... Snort drugs to kill a Jew!”

Paris, 14 April 2021

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is profoundly distressed by France’s Supreme Court final say, concerning the legality of the Paris Appeals Court decision, denying the criminal responsibility of the murderer of Sarah Halimi (a.k.a. Lucie Attal).

Paris, 13 April 2021

The Wiesenthal Centre expressed outrage at the antisemitic graffiti attack on the facade of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly known as “Science Po.”

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
13 April 2021

In May 2004, I was invited to Warsaw by then Polish President, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, as one of 8 speakers on the theme “The Dangers of Joining the European Union.” My subject was “Antisemitism,” an Imam from the World Muslim Congress was to talk on “Islamophobia.”

I felt an exceptional enthusiasm in the thought of EU enlargement as a supranational identity, reflecting in part chapters of Jewish history.

Article by Marvin Hier And Abraham Cooper published in The Hill
7 April 2021

“Freedom is not a gift from Heaven. It must be fought for every day,” said Austrian Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal. He knew from personal experience. By the end of World War II, the Nazis had murdered 89 members of his family. On May 5, 1945, Wiesenthal was too weak to greet U.S. soldiers who entered Mauthausen Concentration Camp, so he crawled from the barracks and collapsed into the arms of a GI. “I could not take my eyes off the American flag,” he recounted. “Each star was, for me, a symbol of freedom, of everything good that had been taken from us.”