Simon Wiesenthal Center Denounces Death Threats Made Against United States Ambassador to Israel

August 15, 2015

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounces, in the strongest possible terms, anonymous death threats made against Dan Shapiro, the United States Ambassador to Israel, including one calling him a 'Kapo'.

“Words have consequences and we denounce death threats made against a great American and a proud and  knowledgeable Jew,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean of the leading Jewish Human Rights organization.

“The Wiesenthal Center is opposed to the controversial Iran Nuclear deal and hope that the US Congress will reject it. We are also deeply troubled by the the campaigns that have labeled opponents in the United States Congress, “warmongers” akin to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and who put Israel’s concerns before those of America," the Rabbis added.

"We have urged our political leaders to denounce such language. We also denounce those who would vilify and question the motives of those who back the deal,” Hier and Cooper added. “Death threats and demonizing the ambassador of Israel’s closest ally is an outrage that must not go unchallenged,” they concluded.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).