News Releases 2014

“Now the Ontario Appeal Court has upheld extradition, the 34 year wait of the survivors and families of the victims must end. Justice further delayed is justice denied!”

Paris, 16 May 2014

In a letter to French Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, urged that “now the Ontario Appeal Court has upheld the decision to extradite Copernic synagogue bombing suspect, Hassan Diab, preparations must be made for his trial in Paris.”

On 10 May 1990, the Carpentras Jewish cemetery was desecrated. A two week old grave was dug up and the body impaled on an umbrella. In a wave of public revulsion, Socialist President Francois Mitterrrand led more than 250,000 demonstrators through Paris in a march against antisemitism, racism and the extreme right.

29 January 2014

Sunday 26 January, another march through Paris by many political groups against the policies of Socialist President Francois Hollande, was hijacked by crowds screaming: “Jews, France is Not Yours”, “Jews, get out of France”. The organizers claimed 100,000 demonstrators, the police 17,000. Though the statistical number of anti-Semites among the protesters cannot be calculated, marchers were seen giving the quenelle version of the Hitler salute throughout the demonstration.

“The ban is a first step against Dieudonné the man. But ‘Dieudonnéism’ menaces the structures and values of the Republic itself.”

Paris, January 8, 2014

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, on behalf of the Centre’s worldwide membership, commended French Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, on his ruling “that encourages Mayors and Police Chiefs to ban public appearances across France of convicted antisemitic stand-up comic, Dieudonné Mbala Mbala.”