News Releases 2018
Paris, 21 February 2018
In a letter to the French Minister of Higher Education, Frederique Vidal, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the “Disruption and forced closure of the ‘Stopover in Israel’ exhibition and a Hebrew language course at Lille University, following a demonstration by, so called, pro-Palestinian students and professors.”
The letter noted, “This four-day cultural festival of workshops, including music and cuisine, is an exercise in ‘BDS’ (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against Israel, a hatemongering campaign characterized as illegal under French law, and also in this case, a threat to freedom of expression.”
Samuels stressed, “Succumbing to such threats only encourages demonstrations, often leading to violence and fomenting antisemitism.”
The Centre urged the Minister to “Condemn the Lille decision and to ensure that any further gagging of Jewish/Israeli campus programmes be forestalled through the authority of your Ministry.”
“The behavior at Lille University must not be a precedent,” concluded Samuels.
Op-Ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
5 February 2018
‘Shoes’ starts out with a pair of women’s shoes in a store window
and follows their journey all the way to Auschwitz (pictured).
In November 2011, the Palestinians entered UNESCO, thus beginning a period of mayhem in the form of Jewish and Christian ID theft.
Two weeks after their entry, a high-level Simon Wiesenthal Centre delegation visiting Paris met with then UNESCO director-general, Irina Bokova, who immediately acceded to its request. Following exhibitions held by the Vatican and Saudi Arabia, now it was the turn of the Jews to set the record straight, with an exhibition titled “People Book Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land.”
“1900 years after the exasperated Romans scattered the Hebrew tribes to the four winds, the JQ is still a huge, messy unsolved problem...”
“RI’s retinue have apparently turned it into a focal point for hate.”
Paris, 2 February 2018
In a letter to Prosecutor-General Yuri Yakovlevich Chayka, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed thanks for his swift removal of neo-Nazi and antisemitic items for sale in Moscow hotel giftshops, as requested by the Centre.
“We write once again, this time, regarding the Moscow-based website Russia Insider, whose editor Charles Bausman, on 15 January 2018, authored a reportedly antisemitic article entitled ‘It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo,’ subtitled ‘it’s making serious discussion of Russian geopolitics and history next to impossible.’ quoted Samuels.
Paris, 1 February 2018
Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in an interview with Radio France International, highlighted the deteriorating situation of Jews in France.
- There are almost daily incidents of antisemitism, especially in the Paris suburbs where there are high-density communities of French born youth of North African origin living cheek by jaw alongside smaller Jewish neighbourhoods.
Turned on by Jew-hating internet sites, social media and radical Imams, they play out a Middle Eastern scenario of Palestinians and Israelis transplanted to France.
- Once identified and arraigned, magistrates are loath to view those who have been targets of racism now themselves become perpetrators of hate. Hence, the resistance to name these assaults as antisemitic.
UPDATE: In response to the Wiesenthal Centre and other protests, friendly MEPs present at the session challenged Boroujerdi on Iranian Holocaust denial, human rights violations and threats to Israel. He responded lamely, "We do not accept the Zionist regime."
"Bringing the wolf into the chicken-coop is an incentive to lone-wolf terrorists across Europe."
Paris, 25 January 2018
In a letter to European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, stated that "our membership was aghast at the temerity of those Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who had invited Alaeddin Boroujerdi, an Iranian alleged associate of top Hezbollah officials and other perpetrators of terror to speak in the session."
The letter protested in outrage that, "Boroujerdi was invited to address the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, and to speak in a seminar on 'Counter Terrorism'. This travesty is equal to bringing the wolf into the chicken-coop. Indeed, an incentive to 'lone wolves' across Europe, awakened by Iran, the terror-master."
According to MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), Boroujerdi, was a speaker at the 2014 New Horizon conference in Tehran, "a gathering of Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and BDS and other activists from around the world, also featuring the notorious French antisemitic 'comedian' Dieudonné."
The Centre argued that " 'Boroujerdi at the EU Parliament' sends a horrific message to all Iranian exiles, political prisoners in Iran, Jews and peace-lovers everywhere, that Europe is united on a path to the abyss."
"Mr. President, we urge you to cancel this outrageous invitation forthwith," concluded Samuels.