• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour  victims of terror in Jerusalem
    Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour victims of terror in Jerusalem
  • Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
  • Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
  • Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal

News Releases 2020

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
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Steps-against-a-blood-libel-that-is-still-bleeding-opinion-623238

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.

“The imagery of Jews blood-letting a Christian child to bake the matzah is a travesty dated two weeks before Passover and Easter... The blood libel is still bleeding!” 

Paris, 27 March 2020

In a letter to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels expressed shock at a recently published painting by Giovanni Gasparro. This Italian artist views himself as a devout Catholic, but apparently rejects the principles of the Second Vatican Council and Nostra Aetate.