News Releases 2018
Paris, 3 August 2018
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has led a campaign against visa refusals for participants in international sports events on grounds of religion, ethnicity, gender, nationality or other forms of discrimination.
World Chess Federation (FIDE) Vice-President I. Gelfer, confirmed by telephone to the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, that in view of the Centre’s intervention, "FIDE has advised Tunisia that, if any player is excluded from the World School Championship of 21-26 April 2019 in Sousse, the event will be moved to Turkey"... bearing in mind that Israelis have no visa problems in that country.
Moreover, another international tournament is scheduled for mid-December in Saudi Arabia, which last year refused visas to Israelis.
FIDE has decided that, "if this is repeated, the event will be cancelled," adding, "an official ruling on this matter has been placed on the FIDE General Assembly agenda meeting in Batumi, Georgia, in October."
"We congratulate FIDE on a significant sports victory for equality," concluded Samuels.
"Her exclusion was announced on 20 July, 'UNESCO International Chess Day'."
"FIDE must suspend Tunisia unless it issues an invitation to Liel."
"Jews, Blacks and Gays will never again be banned from world sport... 1936 Berlin Olympics must never recur."
Paris, 25 July 2018
In a letter to Acting President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Georgios Makropoulos, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed concern at "the exclusion of 7 year old Israeli champion Liel Levitan from the International Chess Festival 2018 to be hosted by Tunisia in Monastir, 1-9 September."
Liel Levitan (screenshot from Hadashot TV)
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Algemeiner
23 July 2018
A display in Buenos Aires of pictures and names of victims of the 1994 AMIA bombing,
in which 85 people died and hundreds more wounded. Photo: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci.
In the aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967, my new Argentine wife and I flew to Buenos Aires to meet her family. This began an intimate relationship with the country and its Jewish community.
On a working trip during the late ’70s when Argentina was under a military dictatorship, I visited news editor and journalist Jacobo Timerman in his jail cell to discuss his eventual release to Israel, thus establishing a difficult relationship with his son Hector, who was destined to become Foreign Minister and play a disturbing role in the AMIA case.
“A meeting dedicated to the memory of assassinated AMIA Prosecutor Alberto Nisman.”
London, 18 July 2018
Today is the 24th anniversary of the AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish Centre bombing, leaving 85 dead and over 300 wounded.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the United Kingdom was hosted by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) at a Parliamentary event, entitled “In the Shadow of the AMIA Bombing: Global Terrror and the Threat Today.” [see link: <https://henryjacksonsociety.org/event/in-the-shadow-of-the-amia-bombing-global-terror-and-the-threat-today/>].
(from left to right) Tom Wilson, Anita Weinstein, Shimon Samuels, Lord Trimble, Argentine Ambassador Sersale,
Ariel Gelblung, Michael Caplan and Dana Erlich
“Psychic or neuropsychic condition, schizophrenia, long addiction to cannabis, pathological anti-social personality, incapacity to conform to social norms, impulsiveness, propensity to violence... cannot stand a long and difficult criminal court case... unfit to stand trial.”
Paris, 15 July 2018
On 28 February, the investigating magistrate in the case of the 4 April 2017 savage murder of 65 years old doctor, Sarah Halimi, accepted an expert analysis that her murderer was fit to stand trial.
Moreover, Kobili Traoré’s action, in stabbing her and throwing her from her third-floor balcony to her death, while screaming “Allahu Akhbar,” was acknowledged as, indeed, “an act of antisemitic character.”
On 18 June, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, wrote to French Interior Minister, Gérard Collomb, lamenting that “the current defence system is inadequate,” protesting an attack on a teenage girl student by three North Africans outside her Jewish School... noting the withdrawal of the military presence guarding synagogues, Jewish schools and other institutions.