News Releases 2010
"Expel Holocaust Slanderer from your Party in order to keep it in Camp of Post-War and Post-Wall Democracy"
Paris, 15 March 2010
In a letter to Gregor Gysi, Chairman of the Left Party (Die Linke) Parliamentary Group and Petra Pau, the Party's Vice President of the Bundestag, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, declared that "we are sickened at the statements by your party representative in Duisberg, North Rhine – Westfalia, Hermann Dierkes".
The letter continued, "the fact that he endorses Palestinian violence and the boycott of Israel as 'an apartheid regime',is bad enough. However,his questioning of Israel's right to exist and his belittling of the severity of the Holocaust, take him beyond the pale, in challenging the so-called 'German-Israeli special relationship' over the past four decades of diplomatic normalization.
Samuels suggested that "Dierkes is ingenuous in his question, 'where is the voice today that we should have a special relationship to the Soviet
Union or the successor states of the Soviet Union'.Thereby,he distorts both memory and responsibility for the Holocaust”.
The letter noted that "he adds contempt in presenting 'Israel as only the refuge for the survivors of the Holocaust …The survivors are dying.That is the most dangerous place for all the Jews in the world. The entire thing is dishonest'. Is Dierkes ambiguously questioning the veracity of the Holocaust or is he endorsing a repetition? Most disconcerting is the silence of the German media, intellectuals and churches in regard to these egregious statements".
Samuels reminded Pau that "when we last met in Jerusalem, you called for a campaign against antisemitism", likewise recalling to Gysi that "we first spoke in the heady days of January 1990, when the wall had fallen and you fought to prevent the
passage of neo-Nazis from West to East Berlin" continuing, "both of you have publicly denounced Dierkes, but your declared cause to contain antisemitism and neo-Nazism cannot be
served by allowing such discourse to remain in your Party".
The Centre called on the two leaders "to take measures to expel Dierkes and his fellow-travellers from Die Linke. This is vital to keep the Party in the mainstream camp of German post-war and post-wall democracy".
"We also propose that you adopt an educational programme on the Holocaust, Israel and contemporary Jewry for your Party rank and file and, thereby, clarify the responsibilities of the German-Jewish special relationship in this 65th anniversary year of
the end of World War Two", concluded Samuels.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.
For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58
“Activate your Durban Apparatus to investigate Goldstone Effect Antisemitism”
Paris, 2 March 2010
In a letter to UN Human Rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon
Samuels, called on her responsibilities as "Secretary-General of the Durban Review Conference and custodian of its 2009 Declaration and Programme of Action".
"Your Embrace of Holocaust Denier Robert Faurisson Smears Algeria"
Paris, 23 February 2010
In a letter to Echorouk(The Dawn) of Algeria,Chief Editor Abdelkrim Alem, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations,Dr.Shimon Samuels, noted that "one of our members has brought to our attention an interview granted by your Arabic – language edition to Robert Faurisson, a Franco-British self-styled "historian", convicted on several occasions by French courts for his bigotry and distortions of history that, arguably, serve Nazi and neo-Nazi causes."
“Expel 'Jihad Jenny' from Your Ranks”
Paris, 15 February 2010
In a letter to UK Liberal Party Leader, Nick Clegg, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, commended him for “ firing your Health Spokesperson in the House of Lords, Baroness Jenny Tonge, for her obscene call ‘for an inquiry into allegations that Israeli soldiers were involved in organ trafficking in Haiti.
“Investigate Member States that Violate Organization’s Provisions on Antisemitism”
Paris, 28 January 2010
In a letter to 56 State Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) newly appointed Chairman in Office, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabeyev, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre‘s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, wished the Minister success, adding that "in view of Kazakhstan’s record of ethnic harmony, your country is well-placed to address the unprecedented level - since World War II – of antisemitism across Europe."