News Releases 2020
“Wiley Kat’s MBE Honour must be Stripped.”
Paris, 27 July 2020
This month, Richard Kylea Cowie Jr., known as Wiley Kat, called “British Godfather of Grime music,” posted messages describing Jews as “cowards and snakes"”, comparing them with the Ku Klux Klan.
After a police investigation, he was booted from his management company... Wiley responded: “If you work for a company owned by two Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in anyway, of course you will get fired.”
He also wrote that Jews should “hold some corn” – a slang expression meaning to be shot. He added: “Jewish community, you deserve it”.
“The Centre has joined the ‘Campaign Against Antisemitism,’ and a petition demanding that his prestigious Order of the British Empire (MBE) be withdrawn,’ stated the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
“In November 2019, former Labour Chief Jeremy Corbyn thanked Wiley on Twitter for his electoral support...”
Today, with Wednesday (27-29 July) an online walkout, #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate, will name media sites failing to take measures against Wiley,” concluded Samuels.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
18 July 2020
Toulouse has two faces: one of Jihadist anti-Zionism, the other of Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc, proudly twinned with Tel Aviv.
Toulouse (photo Ari Bar-Oz).
The city of Toulouse, France, brings memories of the 2012 terrorist attack by Mohamed Merah on the Otzar HaTorah Jewish school that killed a rabbi, three children aged three, six and eight, and wounded a teenager.
“Melenchon could be seen as a French Corbyn in both his following and his constant statements offensive to Jews.”
Paris, 16 July 2020
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre supports its French associate organization, the BNVCA (Bureau national de vigilance contre l’antisémitisme – the French National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism) in mutual outrage at a 15 July morning interview of BFM-RTL TV news outlet, featuring extreme left political leader, Jean-Luc Melenchon. Asked if the Police were supposed to stand back in the face of violent protest, “stay put like Jesus on the cross without reacting,” he responded, “I don't know if Jesus was on a cross, but he was apparently put there by his own people,” thus repeating the centuries old accusation of deicide against Jews, a classical antisemitic canard.
“Are the reported positions those of France? If not, recall the Consul... If yes, we protest!”
Paris, 15 July 2020
In a letter to French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “grave concern regarding an interview with the French Consul General to Ramallah, though residing in Jerusalem. René Troccaz, in a meeting with Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General, Saeb Erekat, reportedly made undiplomatic statements that were revealed by the highly respected Palestinian Media Watch, and since appeared in the Palestinian daily Al Hayat Al Jadida.”
“This trial must be just and exemplary, with no ambiguity regarding the aggravating circumstances of antisemitic hate... Our Centre will be monitoring the proceedings.”
Paris, 14 July 2020
In a letter to French Minister of Justice Éric Dupont-Moretti, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed satisfaction that “the perpetrators of the stabbing and arson of child Holocaust survivor, Mireille Knoll, will be judged for their antisemitic hate crime and that her family, we hope, will be able to find closure.”