News Releases 2021
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.”
An open letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
3 April 2021
An open letter to the mayor of Strasbourg, France, which is the only city to reject IHRA antisemitism definition on “anti-Zionist” grounds.
Flowers are placed near memorials where the gas chamber once stood, at the Natzweiler-Struthof
concentration camp in Natzweiler, France, in 2015. Photo Patrick Seeger/Reuters
Madame Mayor Jeanne Barseghian, in representing the Green Party (EELV), you must be sensitive to the environment. You would thus be aware of the Natzweiler-Struthof camp nearby, where in 1943, a gas chamber was built for 80 Jewish prisoners at the request of Strasbourg’s University Institute of Anatomy. Their skeletons were to be used to prove “Jewish racial inferiority.” This example of antisemitism should be sufficient evidence of historic environmental poisoning.
Published in The Times of Israel
3 April 2021
Mr. Gerard Darmanin, Interior Minister of France,
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre and its friends are aghast at the growing pandemic of stabbings, in the United States and France, globally spread on social media.
A copycat phenomenon, featured, only last week, from the Capitol in Washington DC and Central Park, New York... to the heavily Jewish Sarcelles suburb of Paris.
Was this a prelude to a “Durban 4” hatefest and a platform for the destruction of the Jewish State?
Paris, 24 March 2021
A report from Dr. Shimon Samuels, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations and Observer to the UN Human “Wrongs” Council closing session:
- Agenda Item 2, L.31, “Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the obligation to ensure accountability and justice” – sponsored by Chile, Pakistan, Venezuela and Palestine.
Paris, 18 March 2021
The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations and Observer to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Dr. Shimon Samuels, today sat through three excruciating hours of defamation of the State of Israel.
29 of the slanderous member-States were Muslim, including some Abraham Accords signatories: Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan and – an otherwise friend of Israel – Azerbaijan (speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Members) committed blood-libel against the Jewish State.