(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Wednesday), 21 September 2005, released the following special condolence statement on the passing of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal at the age of 96:

“The State of Israel, the Jewish people and all humanity owe a great debt to Simon Wiesenthal who dedicated his life to ensuring that the horrors of the past do not recur and that murderers do not escape justice. We are all obligated to carry on his important work.  May his memory be blessed.”