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  • Top Egyptian official calls Holocaust a ‘myth’

    January 30, 2013 | 10:53 am

    A top Egyptian official close to President Mohamed Morsi called the Holocaust a myth.

    "The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Fathi Shihab Eddim reportedly claimed in recent days.

    Shihab Eddim reportedly is responsible for appointing the editors of all...

  • Muslim Brotherhood tops Simon Wiesenthal Center anti-Semite list

    December 28, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood produced the worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs this year, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    The Center topped its annual “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” list with a quote from Mohammed Badie, a Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader...

  • Wiesenthal officials ask Ecuador to intercede for Alan Gross

    November 12, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center met with Ecuadorian authorities to seek their support in asking Cuba to release American prisoner Alan Gross.

    The meetings came on the sidelines of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Latin American gathering of Jewish...

  • Soviet gulag survivor’s courage

    November 1, 2012 | 10:40 am

    It was standing room only at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, as a crowd packed the Hertz Theatre to hear Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, the celebrated Russian refusenik and author, stress the importance of standing up for one’s principles. 

    The former prisoner of...

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  • Jobbik official files police complaint against Zuroff

    August 15, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    The vice president of Hungary’s ultranationalist Jobbik Party filed a complaint with police against Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff for making “false statements.”

    Novak Elod said he filed the complaint in connection with allegations that Zuroff made against war criminal Lazslo Csatary...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center urges German Chancellor to pass law declaring circumcision legal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 6, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    In the wake of a German court’s ruling in June that declared nonconsensual religious circumcision to be inflicting “bodily harm” on boys, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center honors uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 24, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    The Museum of Tolerance held its annual National Tribute Dinner last week at the Beverly Hilton, with hundreds turning out to see the museum confer a humanitarian award on producer Jerry Bruckheimer, an entertainment industry titan best-known for expensive blockbuster franchises such...

  • 3 New spots on SWC most wanted Nazi list have Canadian links

    April 20, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s latest list of the world’s 10 most-wanted Nazi war criminals contains three new names, all with Canadian connections, and the Center claims to have new evidence against one of them.

    The new names names contained in the SWC’s “Annual Status Report on the...

  • [UPDATE] Gibson’s Maccabee film on hold; screenwriter calls Mel “Jew-hater,” Gibson responds

    by Danielle Berrin and Naomi Pfefferman Magid

    April 11, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    It looks like Mel Gibson will not be making his controversial Maccabee revolt movie any time soon.  According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. didn’t care for the script screenwriter Joe Eszterhas delivered in February and has put the project on hold: “Warner’s has since passed on it,...

  • Demand Iranian suspects’ extradition to Argentina, Wiesenthal Center says

    January 10, 2012 | 10:31 am

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged the presidents of Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela to demand the extradition to Argentina of the Iranians implicated in the 1994 terrorist attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

    The countries are playing host this week to Iranian President...

  • 2011 top ten anti-Israel/anti-Semitic slurs

    December 13, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    For the last two years, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights NGO, has compiled a list of the top ten anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slurs. The list continues to reflect the growing global anti-Semitism and de-legitimization of Israel coming from mainstream voices....

  • Museum of Tolerance architects threaten to quit

    October 4, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    The architects of the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem have threatened to quit two weeks before construction is set to begin.

    Bracha and Michael Chyutin made the threat because of “differences” with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the sponsors of the project, Haaretz reported Tuesday,...

  • Hitler’s 1919 letter on eradicating Jews going public

    June 7, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    A 1919 letter written by Adolf Hitler that purports to be the first time he presented his efforts to eradicate Germany’s Jews will soon be available to the public.

    Starting in July, the letter will be exhibited at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. It...

  • Should the Simon Wiesenthal Center honor Tom Cruise?

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 14, 2011 | 9:54 pm

    Let’s for a moment put aside the indelible image of Tom Cruise giddily love-jumping on Oprah’s couch. Even slightly deranged movie stars deserve to fall in love.

    Let’s instead go with another image, perhaps also perplexing to digest, but one the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum...

  • Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 24, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79, spent much of her life in the public eye – famous for her violet eyes and her jewelry – and she managed over the years to transition from child star, to legendary beauty, to Oscar-winning actress, to tabloid fodder for her...

  • Elizabeth Taylor: Tales from the Jewish Crypt [VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 24, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    It’s no surprise that after someone passes, many and various stories of their life begin to surface—stories that haven’t been uttered in ages, stories almost forgotten, if not for the moribund trigger that whisks them back into the light.

    So yesterday, when I awoke to the news...

  • Julian Schnabel on Jewish Condemnation of “Miral:” “It Comes Out of Fear” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 16, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    Artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel understands why some Jews have condemned his movie, “Miral,” which opens March 25, as an anti-Israel screed: “It comes out of fear,” he told me by phone from New York this morning.  “The fear that the Holocaust occurred, that ‘We have been...

  • Sony, Japanese band apologize for Nazi costumes

    March 2, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Sony Music apologized after the popular Japanese rock group Kishidan appeared on MTV Japan wearing SS-like uniforms.

    The apology Wednesday came after The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on the band, Sony and MTV to apologize.

    In a message posted on the band’s website, Sony said it...

  • Australian government appeals Zentai ruling

    January 5, 2011 | 10:03 am

    The Australian government is appealing a court ruling that spared an alleged Nazi war criminal from being extradited to Hungary.

    Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor approved the extradition of Charles Zentai in 2009, but a Federal Court judge overturned the decision last year.

    ...
  • Air France-KLM rapped for in-flight reading

    October 18, 2010 | 2:40 pm

    The Paris-based Simon Wiesenthal Center wants an Air France-KLM affiliate to stop selling a French magazine with a cover article that the center says targets Israel.

    The article featured on the front page of the Le Point weekly “targets Israel, the Jews of France and the Holocaust,”...

  • Israel Supreme Court OKs Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem project

    By Tom Tugend

    October 29, 2008 | 5:31 pm

    JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Simon Wiesenthal Center can build its long-planned Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance on a contested site in the middle of Jerusalem.

    The decision came eight years after the initial announcement that famed...
  • Iraqi First Lady at Museum of Tolerance: I remember the Jews of Kurdistan

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2008 | 8:02 pm

    The wife of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani paid a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday, toured its Museum of Tolerance, and recalled her friendship with the Jews of her Kurdish hometown.

    Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, the petite first lady of Iraq, briefly recalled the killings and...
  • Hollywood-Israel link flourishing

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A group of hotshot Hollywood television executives sit around a table sipping Evian water, working their cellphones and bemoaning the lack of fresh ideas for a series to pull their network out of the cellar.

    Suddenly, one participant dispels the gloom by saying, "I've got the...

  • Museum of too much tolerance?

    By David Suissa

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Why would anyone ever want to take on Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and leader of the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, who for two years running has been named "the most powerful rabbi in America"?

    That question popped into my mind on a sunny morning about two...

  • When challah becomes the bread of affliction

    By Adam Wills

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin Hier fondly recalls bakery-fresh buns and muffins in his lunch when he attended yeshiva. He also admits to a penchant for challah.

    "I didn't just nosh on a piece of challie. I could have, on Friday and Shabbos, two slices, three slices of challie at the same meal. And...

  • Wiesenthal Center: Democratic candidates favor hands-on peace approach; McCain, not so much

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama favor an active U.S. role in encouraging Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, while Republican John McCain advocates more of a hands-off approach.

    The three contenders cited their stands, often in lengthy statements, in...

  • Fundraising the Rabbi Hier way

    By Amy Klein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to establish the Simon Wiesenthal Center, he hadn't had much experience in fundraising. But in creating the Wiesenthal Center, and subsequently the Museum of Tolerance and Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (YULA), he had to learn...
  • Museum of Tolerance faces fight with neighbors over expansion plans

    By Tom Tugend

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm



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    Google Earth photo shows the Wiesenthal Center complex, left center, south of Pico Blvd. between Roxbury Dr. and Castello Ave. On left side is the Museum of Tolerance and memorial garden, and on right the Yeshiva of Los Angeles. Owners of adjacent family homes oppose...
  • Briefs: City Council approves Weiss Iran divestment bill; UC puts Jewish High Holidays on calendar

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Weiss' Iran Divestment Measure Approved

    The Los Angeles City Council this week directed the city's pension fund to stop investing in foreign companies involved in Iran's defense, energy and nuclear industries. The measure, introduced by Councilman Jack Weiss, is part of a rolling...
  • Rabbi Hier tops ‘Newsweek’ list of rabbis

    By Amy Klein

    March 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most influential American rabbi of them all?

    Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, according to a list published Monday in Newsweek. An article titled "American Jews: The List -- Choosing the Chosen," rates America's...

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