News Releases 2017
“Such Jew-hatred undermines the de facto relationship between Egypt and Israel in together confronting terrorism. It legitimates attacks on Jews and further endangers the Coptic Christians victims to continued assault.”
Paris, 18 August 2017
In a letter to Inter-Parliamentary Union (IUP) Secretary-General, Martin Chungong, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to antisemitic incitement at the Majlis Egyptian Parliament.
Referring to the IPU “as the “international organization of Parliaments,” Samuels noted its “Strategy for 2017-2021: ‘Better Parliaments, stronger democracy’ with a special focus on ‘peace-building’.”
The letter also recalled the IPU’s connection last February to claims of “demeaning the Egyptian Parliament’s image abroad,” adding that “the examples are in direct violation of encouraging ‘peace-building’, for in fomenting hatred to undermine any hope of Middle East peace.”
“Demand to Booking.com: ‘Remove Aparthaus Paradies from your Directory and explain the antisemitic cause of the removal on your website.”
“We are advising our global constituency, the broader Jewish community and their Gentile friends to blacklist this horrific hotel.”
Paris, 15 August 2017
In a letter to Swiss Justice Minister, Simonetta Sommaruga, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, reported that the Centre’s membership was “aghast at the antisemitic signs at the Aparthaus Paradies hotel in Arosa, Grisons, that confronted on Orthodox Jewish family upon their arrival”:
- At the front porch: “To our Jewish Guests. Please take a shower before you go swimming. If you break the rules, I am forced to close the swimming pool for you. Thank you for your understanding. Ruth Thomann”
Edinburgh, 11 August 2017
In 2014, the Jerusalem Incubator Theatre, in a maelstrom of hate, was forced to leave the Edinburgh Festival without giving even one performance.
One man, Nigel Goodrich, created the “Shalom Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe” with one main objective: “to pursue justice in allowing ‘the Incubator’ to perform.”
Despite demonstrations by pro-Palestinian hecklers held back by the police outside the premises and the consequent cost of security measures, the Shalom Festival – under the banner “Building Cultural Bridges, Celebrating Coexistence – brought together, among others, interfaith leaders, Christians United for Israel, Stand With US-UK, Israeli film screenings, theatre performances and hosted the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s UNESCO co-sponsored exhibition “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land.”
Shimon Samuels speaking with Pro-Palestinian demonstrators.
Blog by Shimon Samuels posted in The Times of Israel
27 July 2017
The cancer of antisemitism’s metastasis in the UK and continental Europe can only be treated by the expulsion of pro-Jihadists, antisemites and other bigots from mainstream political parties.
A 1950’s Times of London headline characterized the British post-war sense of security: “Fog over the Channel, Continent isolated…”
Despite the oncoming ‘Brexit’, the UK is an integral part of the European menacing resurgent and violent antisemitism.
"Antisemitic blood libels in respected newspapers create a new generation, not only of antisemites, but also radicalized domestic Jihadists that threaten the security of your countries. Above all, incitement to hate and violence destroys all hope for a peace settlement in the Middle East"
The Centre called on the UAE and Oman "to take the same measures with their media's antisemitism as they would in combating expressions of Arabophobia and Islamophobia."
Paris, 20 July 2017
In letters respectively to Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah of Oman, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, called for "measures to end the hate-mongering by their most important newspapers".
Samuels pointed to "a Palestinian columnist for the London based Middle East Monitor (MEMO) Dr. Fayez Rasheed, who reportedly has a long record of incitement to violence against 'Zionists' - a euphemism for 'Jews'".