News Releases 2018
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.
Strasbourg, France, 13 July 2018
The Wiesenthal Centre exhibition “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land” was opened on Thursday 12 July by Mayor Roland Ries and the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, at the Strasbourg “Médiathèque” - an immense computerized public library for all media.
The Mayor welcomed the Wiesenthal Centre and complimented the exhibition, stressing the security and safety of the important and ancient Strasbourg Jewish community.
Shimon Samuels with Mayor Roland Ries.
Evian-les-Bains, 11 July 2018
An international gathering of experts was held in Evian on the 80th anniversary of the notorious 1938 Conference on Jewish refugees from Nazism. The Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, was invited to keynote.
The original pre-war conference had been planned to be held in the diplomatic hub of Geneva, but due to the Swiss claim of “neutrality,” it was moved across the lake to French Evian-les-Bains.
Today’s “Evian Revisited,” or as dubbed by Samuels, “Evian II”, was organized by Elihu “Hugh” Baver of New Hampshire, USA, and a number of sponsors led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. It took place in the Hotel Royal, the site of “Evian I.”
Highlights from Samuels’ address