News Releases 2009
"Prevent Today's Baltic-Inspired Conference from Serving as Vehicle for Deletion of the Holocaust from History - No People's Victimology May Be Subject to Identity Theft"
Paris, 14 October 2009
In a letter to European Parliament (EP) President, Jerzy Buzek, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed the Centre's concern that "Lithuanian Parliamentary Speaker, Ms Irena Degutiene, today opened a two-day conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, marking the seventieth anniversary of the Molotov – Ribbentrop pact and its consequences. She is accompanied by officials of the Vilnius-based State Commission for the Evaluation of Nazi and Soviet Crimes, together with other Baltic MPs who, in June 2008, promulgated the 'Prague Declaration' to promote a model of 'two equal genocides' (Nazi and Soviet)."
"Why Exclude Only Israeli Peace Nobel Prize Winners? Next Step Could be Israeli Medicine and Science Laureates with Recommendation that Readers Deny Themselves the Research Benefits"
Paris, 13 October 2009
In a letter to the British daily newspaper, The Guardian, and its Editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, called "ingenuous" the excuses made by the Guardian's news editor, Simon Rogers, for his arguably discriminatory omissions.
"Condemn Spain for Exclusion of Israeli Scientists, in Violation of Its Commitments to OSCE"
Paris, 7 October 2009
In a letter to Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR, an office of the OSCE) Director, Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, called attention to "Spain's contravention of its commitments as a State Party of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe."
"A Project to Delete the Holocaust from European History"
Warsaw, 5 October 2009
In a Statement to the 56 member state Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Chief Delegate and Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, exposed a new form of antisemitism emanating from East-Central Europe.
"Not Only Hostile to Jews and Israel - He Failed as Guardian of Culture in His Own Country and Did Not Even Protect Egyptian UNESCO Literary Laureate"
Paris, 14 September 2009
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has documented expressions and actions of an antisemitic nature by Egyptian candidate for UNESCO Director-General, Farouk Hosni. These cover his more than two decades as Minister of Culture and include: