Simon Wiesenthal Center

According to Charity Navigator the center's total revenue and expenses was $25,359,129 and $26,181,569 in 2018. 52.8% of the revenue came from contributions, gifts and grants, 31.4% from fundraising events and 15.8% from government grants.

As a survivor, what aggravates me is that they collect lots of money in the name of the Holocaust. And they're using lots of it for publicizing their center and also for certain sensationalist things... The style of the Wiesenthal Center [also] aggravates me. They're too commercial. You cannot package the Holocaust. It's an insult to the memory of our parents and brothers and sisters.

I asked Hier why he was doing this when the Martyrs' Memorial had been in the works for 10 years and was reaching its culmination. His response was: 'We will do it bigger, better, faster--and without the survivors.' There was no regard on his part for communal niceties or respect for the survivor community. It was a venture that he viewed as competitive. Whoever had the biggest center would be king.

Yet he has apparently become something of a folk-hero among the city's 700,000 Jews; the center is perpetually deluged by $10 donations from even the most non-observant. Last year, when many other Jewish organizations had to cut corners and go begging, the center pulled in $9.7 million in contributions, and another $5.3 million for its new Museum of Tolerance (scheduled to open next year adjacent to the center on Pico Boulevard). And Hier has powerful friends who might withhold their significant contributions to many of the city's other Jewish organizations if they felt it would benefit, or avenge, him. Hier knows this. In all these ways, he has used his muscle to become one of the most imposing figures in world Jewry.

In November 2005, the Simon Wiesenthal Center gave the name of four suspected former Nazi criminals to German authorities. The names were the first results of Operation Last Chance, a drive launched that year by the center to track down former Nazis for World War II-era crimes before they die of old age.

The American Studies Association was included for their boycott of Israeli educational institutions.

With a Clenched First and an Outstretched Arm: Antisemitism, Globalization, and the NGO Challenge in the International AreaAllegations against the Committee for Charity and Support for the Palestinians

The world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants of the same ones that kicked Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way over there in Santa Marta, in Colombia.

A minority has taken possession of all the wealth of the world. A minority has taken ownership of all of the gold of the planet, of the silver, of the minerals, the waters, the good lands, oil, of the wealth, and have concentrated the wealth in a few hands.

Less than 10 percent of the population of the world owns more than half of the wealth of the world, more than the population of the planet is poor, and each day there are more poor people in the whole world.

The center has on two occasions criticized bands for wearing attire resembling Nazi uniforms or using Nazi symbolism.

The Center presents a worldview in which anti-Semitism lurks every-where, any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism, and a new Holocaust is right around the corner. If Arabs or Muslims are inconveniently inclined to seek peace with Israel, or if Christians fail to manifest the necessary anti-Semitism, something must be invented. This tendency to lie and embellish is uncannily similar to the methods of Simon Wiesenthal himself, but with a big difference - Simon Wiesenthal made things up mainly for self-aggrandizement, and to generate public awareness about Nazi war criminals still at large. That is something we can understand, ... The Simon Wiesenthal Center on the other hand lies to raise money, lots of it, more than Simon Wiesenthal ever dreamed of, and its political agenda is a lot darker than Wiesenthal's. It includes public hate-mongering of Muslims, regular appeals to a neofascist form of Zionism, and relentless provocations to religious war in Israel/Palestine.

These organizations stand in the same relationship to their respective host countries as Communist parties once did, except that they view Israel rather than Stalin's Russia as the Motherland. And, where they not able to conjure up anti-Semitism, Abraham Foxman and Rabbi Hier of the Wiesenthal Center would face the prospect of finding real jobs. In the cases of Foxman and Hier this would be a real tragedy: both get paid nearly a half million dollars annually from their respective "charitable" organizations.