News Releases 2012
"These poisonous texts threaten remnant Jewish communities in the Arab world"
"Year after year, these publishers return to Frankfurt...The Book Fair's indifference to hate can render it complicit in the consequences"
Paris 13 March,
In letters to Moroccan Culture Minister, Mohammed Amine Sbihi and Frankfurt Book Fair Director, Jurgen Boos, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, exposed publishers promoting antisemitism at the 18th SIEL (Salon International de l'Edition et du Livre) which recently ended in Casablanca.
"Grave Antisemitic Taunts at Kaiserslautern Football Club Require Exemplary Action"
"UEFA must ensure that forthcoming EURO 2012 Games in Poland and Ukraine are racism free"
Paris, 1 March 2012
In a letter to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) President, Michel Platini, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed "shock at the intensity of antisemitic taunts last Sunday towards Israeli player, Itay Schechter, at a training match of his current club, Kaiserslautern, following its 4-0 defeat by Mainz".
President of University Takes Unprecedented Step of Closing The Campus for Two Days
Paris, February 28, 2012
The President of Paris University VIII has taken the unprecedented step of closing the University campus for two days rather than allow a "Israel Apartheid Week" conference to convene at the suburban Paris School. Professor Pascal Binczak, President of the University withdrew initial authorization following a warning from the Simon Wiesenthal Center that the event could degenerate into a threat to public order and endanger the Jewish community.
Wiesenthal Centre's Call for Authorities to Annul "Israel Apartheid Week" in France Results in Paris University President's Ban on "Boycott Conference"
Paris, 21 February,
The President of Centre Simon Wiesenthal Centre-France,Richard Odier and its Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, on 15 February had warned French Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, that a conference entitled "New Sociological, Historical and Juridical Approaches to the Call for International Boycott : Israel, an Apartheid State "scheduled for 27-28 February on the campus of Paris University 8 (St Denis) could "degenerate into a threat to public order and endanger the Jewish community".
"Cancel 'Israel Apartheid' Conference at Paris University as Threat to Public Order and a Danger to the Jewish Community"
Paris, 15 February,
In a letter to French Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's President for France, Richard Odier and its Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, called for measures "to cancel the 'Israel Apartheid' conference at the University of Paris VIII and anywhere else in France, as a provocation threatening public order and a danger to the Jewish community".