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Rabbi Marvin Hier

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1987
Within the next week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center hopes to distribute to its 362,000 members nationwide a petition calling on the Vatican to extend diplomatic recognition to the State of Israel, a spokesman for the Los Angeles-based organization said. The center is seeking "a noble deed" from the Vatican as a possible way to make amends for Pope John Paul II's granting of an audience to Austrian President Kurt Waldheim last week in the face of a worldwide Jewish outcry.
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NEWS
February 10, 1994 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
While some museum efforts to diversify may smack of political correctness, many museum officials believe they have a moral responsibility to foster ethnic inclusion and cooperation. Nowhere is that more explicit than at the year-old Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance on Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1987
The charade that led to barring the entry to the United States of President Kurt Waldheim of Austria borders on the incredible. If, indeed, evidence exists that Waldheim is a war criminal, then he should be tried in a competent court, and if found guilty, he should be punished. But, lacking any real evidence of Waldheim's war crimes, U.S. Attorney Neal Sherb and his boss, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese, III, have elected to try Waldheim, not in a proper court, but in the world press. The issue is not Waldheim's guilt or innocence; the issue is our government's willingness to abandon the law and adopt the lynch-mob mentality of certain special interest groups.
MAGAZINE
October 19, 1986 | BOB FAW and NANCY SKELTON, Adapted from "Thunder in America," by Bob Faw, a CBS News correspondent, and the late Nancy Skelton, a Times staff writer, to be published this month by Texas Monthly Press.
Feb. 26, 1984. Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester, N.H. The campaign, and the candidate, were at a breaking point. Ramrod straight, Jesse Jackson strode to the front of the synagogue, his fists clenched tight at his sides, his eyes darting across the tense crowd. Later, he would describe the scene as "Daniel in the lion's den," but in some ways it was also Greenville, S.C.
OPINION
February 12, 2010 | By Marvin Hier
Listening to the few vocal opponents of our Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem project -- among them the notorious Sheik Raed Salah, leader of the extremist Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel -- you would never know that the Israeli Supreme Court deliberated for almost three years before unanimously rejecting all their claims and authorizing the Wiesenthal Center to begin construction. Just six weeks ago, Chief Justice Dorit Beinish also rebuked those who re-petitioned the Supreme Court for an "abuse of court proceedings," ordering them to pay professional costs.
OPINION
February 12, 2010 | By Saree Makdisi
The Simon Wiesenthal Center's plan to construct an outpost of Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance atop the most important Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem is temporarily in disarray. This presents an opportunity to call on the center to abandon this outrageous project once and for all. The site in question is Ma'man Allah, or the Mamilla Cemetery, which had been in continuous use for centuries until 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or driven into flight and their private property, including Ma'man Allah, was handed over to Jewish users.
NEWS
October 14, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center released the names of what it called the 10 most wanted war criminals on the U.N. War Crimes Commission's list Tuesday and urged the opening of U.N. files detailing their crimes. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the center, said his organization has obtained the commission's list of 38,000 names in 12,000 files, compiled in the 1940s and never made public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of a Dallas communications company said Thursday that he and his associates now see "with different eyes" the firm's controversial series of animated Bible videos that have been accused of containing anti-Jewish stereotypes and interpretations of the Scriptures. However, after meeting with Jewish leaders, he declined to say what, if any, changes would be made in the series that is being sold through television ads and in shopping malls.
NEWS
July 1, 1993 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ending a yearlong inquiry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Justice Department lawyers had erred when they investigated the background of an alleged Nazi war criminal who was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and extradited to Israel for trial. But U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Wiseman Jr. of Cincinnati said the errors did not invalidate the denaturalization of John Demjanjuk, 72, a Cleveland auto mechanic, who is facing a death sentence in Israel for Nazi war crimes.
NEWS
January 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
Military bases, airports and nuclear plants are under tight security in Southern California today as a growing risk of war increased fear of terrorist attacks. Those fears were heightened Tuesday by the possible sighting of an Iraqi sought by police on weapons and explosives charges. Law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for Duraid S. Azawi, an Iraqi citizen charged with possession of an illegal firearm and what was believed to be an explosive device.
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