• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Richard Odier President SWC-France, Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour  victims of terror in Jerusalem
    Richard Odier President SWC-France, Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour victims of terror in Jerusalem
  • Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
  • Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
  • Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal

News Releases 2018

“If unstopped, Venezuela – the spoiler – could turn UNESCO into a fragile House of Cards.”

Paris, 23 May 2018

In its role as Chair of the 120 member-states of the “Non-Aligned Movement” (NAM), Venezuela today sent out a formal communique (N° 274-2018) on “Violations and Provocations Regarding the Status of Jerusalem.”

The NAM Secretary-General, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, reaffirmed “its abiding solidarity with the Palestinian people...,” calling on “those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.”

“Wiesenthal Centre demanded that Cúneo be fired forthwith. Any media that retains this hatemonger will be deemed an associate to his incitement and co-responsible for the consequences.”

Buenos Aires and Paris, 22 May 2018

 “For the last week, Argentine News Channel Crónica granted prime time to Santiago Cúneo – a ‘journalist’ who dedicated his program to defaming the Jewish community and its leaders (DAIA), the State of Israel, women and the current government,” noted Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung, respectively the Centre’s Director for International Relations and its Representative for Latin America.

Cúneo’s comments included:

- “We are building a gigantic majority to terminate these miserable rats, this pro-American and Israeli government.”

- “My greatest contempt is for you (Argentine President) Mauricio Macri, and absolute contempt for the band of delinquents that surround you, including the (Jewish) leaders of DAIA.”

If the Palestinians reject the existence of a Jewish Temple Mount in Jerusalem, why would they seek to own the proofs positive of that Temple’s Jewish validity?”

Paris, 16 May 2018

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director fir International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to “a disturbing plan to undermine her commitment to depoliticize the UN agency.”

Samuels had “learned from UNESCO Arab Group sources of an apparent plan by the Palestinian delegation to claim the Qumran Caves and the Dead Sea Scrolls at the 30-31 May 21st session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to Its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP), at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.”

Tel Aviv, 15 May 2018

Invited to attend the Herzliya Conference – the so-called “Israeli Davos”–, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, learned from Israeli intelligence sources that an Iranian reprisal for the United States cancellation of the Iran nuclear deal pointed to a terrorism attack against a Jewish organization in France.

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Shimon Samuels with Avi Gabbay, Leader of the Israeli Labour Party.

Samuels recalled that “the 1992 and 1994 Iran-instigated bombings – respectively against the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA Jewish Centre in Buenos Aires, leaving a total of 104 dead and some 400 wounded – were perceived as a personal message to the Argentine President Carlos Menem, of Syrian origin...”

Open letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung published in The Times of Israel
8 May 2018

Paris and Buenos Aires, 7 May 2018

H.E. Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique
President of Chile

Mr. President,

We have learned that you will be receiving this week the Holocaust denying antisemitic Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas.

We understand that Chile has the largest number of citizens of Palestinian origin outside the Palestinian Territories.

We are certain that the Abbas visit can only serve those who wish to transplant the Middle East conflict to Latin America, with devastating consequences for the small Chilean Jewish community.