Wiesenthal Centre Open Letter to Mayor of 20th Paris District: “Take Down Banners Calling for ‘Palestine Will Vanquish’ that Invite to Hatred and Violence Against your Jewish Citizens.”

June 2, 2021


TO: Mr. Eric Pliez

Mayor of the 20th District

Paris, France

Mr. Mayor, 

Both Jewish and non-Jewish members of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre - France, have expressed distress at the large banners hung in Rue d’Avron in the 20th District, in particular the one calling for “Palestine Will Vanquish.”


Mr. Mayor, we fear that such banners will incite to hate and violence against the Jewish community in your municipal district.


We urge you to remove these banners, as such political statements are unbecoming to your municipal party causes of Socialism or Ecology.




Dr. Shimon Samuels

Director for International Relations

Simon Wiesenthal Centre

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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).

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