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Rabbi Marvin Hier

  • Israel-Palestinian peace talks: Palestinians’ fantasy world

    February 13, 2013 | 7:58 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories. The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab world...

  • What is the Israeli election really telling the Palestinians?

    January 29, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles, and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories.  The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab...

  • Mr. President: The problem is not Holocaust denial

    September 27, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    As the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, I should be the last person to criticize the president of the United States for mentioning Holocaust denial in an important speech at the United Nations General Assembly a day before the most infamous Holocaust denier speaks from that...

  • Why the United Nations should walk out on Ahmadinejad

    September 25, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    As the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, I should be the last person to criticize the President of the United States for mentioning Holocaust denial in an important speech at the United Nation’s General Assembly a day before the most infamous Holocaust denier speaks from that...

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  • Responding to the top 10 anti-Israel lies

    April 29, 2010 | 4:11 pm

    It’s no secret to anyone that relations between the United States and Israel reflect a new reality and are not what they once were. The last few months have seen a worldwide frenzy of intimidation and threats directed against Israel that has backed its supporters into a corner....

  • Mamilla Cemetery Chutzpah and the Museum of Tolerance

    February 19, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Last week, the Jerusalem Post ran a front page story on the decision of the Supreme Muslim Council, in 1945, to turn the Mamilla Cemetery into a business center.  The reason the Post gave it such prominence is because it belies the sheer hypocrisy of Palestinian groups and a few of...

  • Why the Jerusalem Site Is Right

    February 11, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    On Oct. 29, 2008, the Israeli Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision permitting the Simon Wiesenthal Center to resume construction on its Museum of Tolerance project on the site of a municipal parking lot in the heart of western Jerusalem. The court denied the contention of the...

  • ‘Munich’: The Missing Conversation

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For me, the most telling moment in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" was the final scene, when the young, distraught Mossad team leader,

    Avner, takes a walk along the East River with his Israeli case officer, Ephraim, the man who supervised his mission. With the World Trade Center as a...

  • John Paul II and the Jews

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    For 20 centuries, the Catholic Church has had a turbulent relationship with the Jewish people. Jews were persecuted and held responsible for the death of Jesus, and were often the victims of church-instigated pogroms and anti-Semitic attacks.

    With the passing of Pope John...

  • He Was No Saint

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On Thursday, May 13, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, delivered an address at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The speech, entitled "The State of the Jews," touched on many issues, including the need for Holocaust memorials, the lack of funding for Jewish...
  • ‘Hatred Is a ‘Process’

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tragedy that has engulfed Littleton, Colorado, is in fact a wakeup call for America -- too many of our schools have become killing fields. The question is whether we have gotten the message, and what our response should be.

    Undoubtedly, over the next few days and weeks, a...

  • His ‘Friend Was Peace’

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was my privilege to know His Majesty King Hussein in connection with our work, but more so, to know him personally as a human being. Undeniably, he was a king, and most certainly entitled to wear his crown, but, instead, he preferred to act "kingly" and walk humbly.

    The most...

  • Lessons from the Mahane Yehuda Tragedy

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tragically, the horrible terrorist attack against civilians at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace in Jerusalem leaves all of us numb and, at the same time, reminds us that the memories of Jewish history live on.

    The attack took place during the period known as the Three Weeks, a period...

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