"We mourn the death of justice in France and the overwhelming indifference to the targeting of our grandmothers, parents, brothers, rabbi and children by Islamist thugs and violent anti-Semites. No justice for French Jewry - no peace, no future for France”

— Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action

“The memory of Sarah Halimi, Mireille Knoll and other victims of anti-Semitic hatred, lives on. We will examine every possible further legal instance”
— Dr. Shimon Samuels, CSW Director of International Affairs

The Simon Wiesenthal Center stood with tens of thousands of Jews on three continents, in honor of Sarah Halimi’s memory and to demand justice for her brutal death, following the ruling of the highest French court that her killer could not stand trial. Sarah Halimi was beaten to death and thrown out her Paris apartment window in 2017.

No justice for French Jewry - no peace, no future for France.


On Sunday, viewers around the world gathered to watch the Academy Awards®. This year’s ceremony also marked the 40th anniversary of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s first Holocaust film, Genocide, to win an Oscar®. The documentary was historic, exposing tens of millions of people around the world to the tragedy of the Shoah.

Ironically, this anniversary occurs just as the world’s most powerful countries, all of whom have been devastated by the Nazi Holocaust, meet in Vienna with Iran, a country whose leaders continue to deny the existence of the Holocaust. The purpose of their meeting is to draft proposals for the United States and Iran to return to the Iran nuclear deal.

It should be obvious to all the attendees that a nation whose leaders continue to deny the Holocaust cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons which can destroy our world. Let us not make the same mistake we made with the first deal which allowed the Iranians to cheat and violate the agreements that they made with the Obama Administration.

As long as the Iranian regime continues to believe the Holocaust is a lie, we cannot and must not trust anything their leaders say.

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PARIS: Richard Odier, Centre Simon Wiesenthal President, joined with 25,000 people in Paris. CSW was one of the main organizations at the protest.

TEL AVIV: Dr. Shimon Samuels speaking in Tel Aviv in front of the French Embassy where, following the rally he met with France’s Ambassador to Israel, Eric Danon

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LOS ANGELES: Rabbi Abraham Cooper spoke at the rally in front of the French Consulate in Los Angeles, co-sponsored with BNVCA (National Bureau of Watchfulness Against Antisemitism).


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“I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.”
—U.S. President Harry S. Truman

Since establishing the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1977, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean has met with the last eight presidents of the United States. While he never met President Harry Truman, he is especially proud to display this letter, discovered by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, proudly in his office.

The letter, dated May 14, 1948, typed with notes in Truman’s hand, states: “This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the [provisional] government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new Jewish state [State of Israel].”

This letter is part of the Center’s acclaimed, 20-panel “Birth of Israel” traveling exhibit which has been shown on campuses around the country, in capitol buildings, and on display in the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.


College of the Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center to serve as vaccination sites.  Los Angeles County is evolving its vaccination distribution strategy and shifting to community-based sites to increase accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Starting on April 19, College of the Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center will begin operating as County-operated vaccination sites in the northern part of Los Angeles County. Both of these sites will replace Six Flags Magic Mountain, which will cease providing vaccinations on April 18.  These new vaccination sites will centrally serve residents from both the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley communities.

The College of the Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center vaccination sites will each have the ability to administer up to 2,000 vaccinations per day and will provide walk-up appointment options.

“I am incredibly grateful to Magic Mountain for their generosity and critical partnership as we provided the vaccine to thousands of residents at their mass vaccine distribution site,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Ensuring equitable vaccine access for communities in the North County is a priority and I appreciate the collaboration between the County and our community partners, including Magic Mountain, to run efficient operations that support our monumental task of vaccinating our residents. Moving forward, we are continuing to provide crucial vaccine accessibility for residents in both the Antelope and Santa Clarita Valleys.”

“The partnership with Six Flags Magic Mountain has proven invaluable to the County’s vaccination efforts, as the site provided vaccine to so many residents living in our hardest-hit communities” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We are forever grateful for their partnership, and are committed to providing vaccines to northern Los Angeles County residents through these two additional sites.”

“Six Flags Magic Mountain was there for the community when the County needed to quickly organize large-scale vaccination sites,” said Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management.  “We are grateful for their partnership and contribution in this unprecedented effort to protect our community and save lives.”

The vaccination site at Magic Mountain began operating January 2021. Approximately 129,000 vaccines have been administered at that site. It is one of five large-scale vaccination sites operated by Los Angeles County.  L.A. County residents are able to confirm their eligibility and make their vaccination appointments by visiting VaccinateLACounty.com.