• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Exhibition “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 year relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land”
    Exhibition “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 year relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land”

News Releases 2016

"The WSF is an agency for those who seek to inflict the greatest harm on Israel and its Jewish and Gentile supporters. For the next five days,it will abuse the hospitality of Montreal, sowing hateful repercussions in its aftermath"

Paris, 9 August

In a letter to Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels, warned of "the consequences of antisemitic imagery and language pervasive throughout the World Social Forum (WSF) programme, opening tomorrow at the hospitality of his city."

Samuels, who regularly attended WSF assemblies in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Mumbai, India, explained how "this anti-globalization organisation, year after year, allowed its legitimate agenda - on behalf of victims of violence, poverty and discrimination - to be hijacked by the Palestinian cause, while ignoring constant terrorism against Jewish victims in Israel and Jewish targets in Europe and beyond".

The letter noted that "the WSF, founded in Porto Alegre in 2001, was to become the vector for the legacy of the, also 2001, Durban UN World Conference Against Racism: a campaign for the delegitimization of the Jewish State", adding that "the small Durban synagogue was for the first time in its history, besieged by Hilter-poster waving demonstrators, screaming that 'he did not finish the job' ... When the WSF came to Mumbai, the synagogue required police protection for the first time in its over 1,000 year history"

"Had they proposed that the Israeli teams in question play matches with their Palestinian neighbours, such football pitch encounters may have helped reignite mutual hope in a floundering peace process."

"This Palestinian mischief has hijacked several international organisations. FIFA's mission is to promote global soccer, however, as a meeting-point for peace."

Paris, 1 August

In a letter to FIFA (International Federation of Football Associations)
President, Gianni Infantino, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for
International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, "we were
present in Zürich – at the July 2015, 65th FIFA Congress – to protest
the then Palestinian attempt to expel the Israel Football Association
(IFA)" adding, "as a result, FIFA created a monitoring committee,
including representatives of both the IFA and PFA (Palestinian
Football Association)to overcome the latter's constant attempts to
politicize world soccer".

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed on behalf of the Centre’s 400,000 members – of which 2,000 in France – “our solidarity with the wounded and the families of the victims in last night’s Nice massacre.”

He added that “terror must be fought without euphemism. For too long, the acts of the perpetrators have been justified by a ‘culture of apology’: the attackers are ‘disaffected’, ‘victims of discrimination’, ‘embittered’, ‘misled youth’, etc.” …. “Terrorism cannot be fought by international conferences on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or by United Nations resolutions.”

Remotely controlled from the Middle East or financed by Iran, “lone wolf” terror in Europe, especially in France, cannot be fought by appeasement. The result is always that “he who feeds the crocodile will still be eaten last,” concluded Samuels.

“Should this perverse exercise proceed, the condition of Jews across Europe will be clear – abandonment by their own governments... It could be seen as a step towards a new ‘Kristallnacht’ – a surrender and endorsement of the most extreme elements of left, right and Jihadist.”

Istanbul, 14 July 2016

In letters to French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, called on all three “to press Brussels immediately to halt a European Union draft resolution about to be submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting here in Istanbul.”

The resolution serves as an alternative to a Palestinian draft in denying the tie between the Jewish People and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – Judaism's holiest site.

UNESCO is becoming a tribune for the greatest antisemitic delegitimization of the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”

The Palestinian resolution against Judaism itself is no different from ISIL”s destruction of heritage, denoted by the Director-General as 'cultural cleansing'.”

Istanbul, 11 July 2016

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, lamented that: “Though you have taken important steps to expand Holocaust education and contain contemporary prejudice, including antisemitism, UNESCO itself is becoming a tribune for the greatest antisemitic delegitimization of the Jewish people since the Holocaust,” adding, “Since Palestine's entry in November 2011, the World Heritage Committee (WHC) has been turned into a battlefield, redefining Jewish sites as mosques and a wishlist that impugns the integrity of the WHC as a protector and preserver of heritage.”