News Releases 2017
Cordoba, Argentina, 30 November 2017
Based upon the existing partnership between Benedetto Zacchiroli, President of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR) and Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations, the Wiesenthal Center was invited to attend the LAC Coalition meeting in Cordoba.
Zacchiroli stressed “the danger of increasingly recurrent antisemitism. This is a door we must close.” He highlighted the work of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its international network as a significant alliance in the objectives of the UNESCO-related “Cities against Racism.”
Present were Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung, the Center`s Latin American Representative, who made presentations on its joint programmes with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) on “Racism in Sport.”
“What began in Europe as a campaign against racism in football was adapted in Latin America to include all sport.”
Panamá City, 24 November 2017
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and Latin American Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, attended the unanimous endorsement of its “11 Point Program against Racism in Sport” by the 23 member states´ Congresses at the 34th Assembly of the PARLATINO (Latin American and Caribbean Parliament) in Panama City.
L-R: Shimon Samuels, Parlatino President Elias Castillo, Ariel Gelblung.
“An extreme example of obsessive antisemitism… Strip him of his honors and state pension as price for his hatemongering."
Panamá, 23 November 2017
Wiesenthal Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels and Latin American Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, currently at the PARLATINO (Latin American Parliament) Assembly, expressed outrage at Spain´s ex-Attorney General Ramiro Grau´s accusation that Israel and Argentine Jewry may be behind the sudden death in Buenos Aires of Madrid´s chief Prosecutor, José Manuel Maza. He had just adjudicated national policy against Catalonian independence and was on a working trip to Argentina.
Grau had charged that “…if we join the interest of some states for Catalonia to be constituted as a new country, for example Israel – as much as its President has said otherwise – and the existence of a large colony of Jews in Argentina, there are those who claim that the real controllers are the Jews, it would not be a bad idea to do an autopsy to check and verify the real causes of his death:”
Samuels characterized these charges as “an extreme example of obsessive antisemitism” and urged Spain´s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, “to condemn Grau and take measures to strip him of his honors and State pension as the price for his hatemongering.”
Gelblung raised the matter with the PARLATINO Argentine Congressional delegation, arguing that “Grau had endangered the country´s Jewish community and thereby maligned Argentina.” He called for Buenos Aires “to protest vigorously to Madrid.”
“The Centre is monitoring this slander and will take further measures accordingly,” concluded its representatives.
“Turn extreme left on our planet and you will be sure to meet the extreme right.”
Paris, 21 November 2017
“Former Communist Trotskyist, turned Socialist leader and trade unionist, Gerard Filoche, is a test case for Europe,” claimed Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
“At last, media has registered public outrage in response to Filoche’s tweet portraying French President Macron wearing a Nazi armband with the swastika replaced by a dollar sign. Placed behind him are three Jewish personalities: communications mogul Patrick Drahi, banker Jacob Rothschild and political advisor Jacques Attali. In the background are the United States and Israeli flags,” noted the Centre.
Paris, 16 November 2017
“Iran’s campaign to control the the 58 member-state UNESCO Executive Board ended abruptly today as South Korea was elected Chair, receiving 32 votes to Iran’s 25, with one abstention. Korea had entered the race following the distribution of a Wiesenthal Centre exclusive exposure,” claimed the Centre’s Director for International Relations and Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
The Centre had revealed the so-called “UNESCO Prison” in Dezful on the Iran-Iraq border. It also documented the attack by Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, on the UNESCO 2030 Education programme, lambasting its objectives for “gender equality” and Tehran’s deliberate arrest of journalists on “UNESCO Freedom of the Press Day,” as also the detention of Turkish speaking Iranians to snub “UNESCO’s [Minority] Mother Tongue Day.”
“Clearly the vote also mirrored the growing fear among Sunni Muslim countries at Shi’a Iran’s imperialist threats to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and beyond. Its nuclear ambition – unfettered by the JCPOA agreement, its sponsorship of terror through its Hezbollah agency worldwide, its genocidal intent against Israel and its obscene design: ‘The Holocaust is a lie, let’s make it a reality!’ have all created a sulfuric tinder-box… hardly appropriate to Chair the very motor of the so-called intellectual arm of the United Nations,” concluded Samuels.