News Releases 2018
Buenos Aires and Paris, 21 September 2018
For years, the Triple Border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay was a focus for illegal activities that served to promote and finance terrorism.
This morning, the Brazil Federal Police arrested Assad Ahmad Barakat in Foz do Iguazú, a fugitive agent linked to the pro-Iranian terrorist militia Hezbollah.
“In July, Argentina had frozen Barakat’s assets. In August, Paraguay called for his arrest, now implemented by Brazil. This is the first time that the three neighbouring countries have taken such joint action” said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Latin America.
Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre’s Director for International Relations, added: “We have monitored international terrorist activity in the lawless contiguous Triple Frontier region for some 20 years... The Centre commends this arrest and the expected extradition of Barakat to Argentina, as a sign that the three countries will begin to drive Hezbollah out of Latin America... At the same time, we urge a renewed joint enquiry into the 1992 Israeli Embassy and the 1994 AMIA Jewish Centre bombings in Buenos Aires.”
The Buenos Aires terror attacks: the Israeli Embassy bombed on 17 March 1992 and the AMIA Jewish Centre bombed on 18 July 1994.
“Together, these atrocities left 120 dead and over 400 injured. They were planned and executed out of the Triple Frontier by Iran and its Hezbollah terror arm,” the Centre’s officials concluded.
Still Seeking Justice: One Dutch Holocaust Survivor’s Ongoing Fight With Germany’s Government
Op-ed by Ben Cohen published in The Algemeiner
13 September 2018
Now 82 years old, Dutch Holocaust survivor Albert de Leeuw worked in the Amsterdam Jewish ghetto from the age of five.
Photo: Courtesy of Albert de Leeuw.
At the end of the Second World War, Albert de Leeuw was one of several Dutch Jewish children who turned up at the offices of the Jewish community in Amsterdam, searching for family who might have survived the Nazi Holocaust in The Netherlands. On a winter’s day in late 1945 or early 1946 — Albert doesn’t remember exactly — a man he did not recognize came to collect him, announcing himself as Albert’s father and bearing the news that Albert’s mother had come out of the war alive.
“Votes for Netta came mainly from a world-wide ‘telephone call-in’ underpinning the EBU’s Director-General, Noel Curran’s statement:
‘Public service [media] is the bedrock of democratic societies’.”
“EBU has an enemy, bent upon the destruction of its democratic values”... “Ensure that Roger Waters’ boycott campaign ends in the dustbin of Eurovision’s history.”
Paris, 11 September 2018
In a letter to European Broadcasting Union (EBU) President, Jean-Paul Philippot, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the BDS campaign against Israel hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
Samuels noted that: “in May of this year, the Jewish world and its friends celebrated Israel’s fourth victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Netta Barzilai’s song ‘Toy’ led with 529 points followed by Cyprus as runner-up with 436.”
Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 September 2018
The fate of Labour is, of course, a Jewish concern, but it is not a Jewish issue.
I have just spent time in London to consult with parliamentary leaders from both Houses of Commons and Lords, both Labour and Conservative, in an eerily silent Palace of Westminster, now awakening from its summer adjournment.
This is a reflection of their views:
Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
29 August 2018
You are quoted as claiming that “Zionists... don’t understand English irony.” Indeed ironic, for so many of these so-called “Zionists” were dedicated voters and members of the Labour Party.
London-born of British-born parents, two weeks after World War II, I was raised with an immense respect for the power of water – the 25 miles of Channel that saved 330,000 British Jews, listed in the 1941 Wannsee Protocol among the 11 million Jews in 33 countries targeted for Nazi extermination.