• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Richard Odier President SWC-France, Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour  victims of terror in Jerusalem
    Richard Odier President SWC-France, Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour victims of terror in Jerusalem
  • Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
  • Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
  • Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal

News Releases 2018

“Investigate Belgian parole procedures and acknowledge that those who inculcate hate and violence – in mosques, schools, prison or the Internet – are accomplices to murder.”

Paris, 30 May 2018

In a letter to the Mayor of Liege, Belgium, Mr. Willy Demeyer, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, “in April, we participated in the ECCAR (European Coalition of Cities Against Racism) held in your beautiful city of Liege... We wish to express our outrage at the assault by a radical Jihadist, screaming 'Allahu Akhbar!' while shooting three innocent victims.”

The letter requested the Mayor to “convey our Centre’s sympathy to the families and our respect for the Liege police, who lost two female officers,” continuing, “an investigation into Belgian prison procedures for releasing on parole radicalized convicts, as in the case of this murderer, Benjamin Herman.”

Samuels stressed that “only the rapid response of your counter-terror officers prevented a massacre, possibly from the high school to which he fled.”

The Centre commended Belgium for declaring itself “on red alert, hoping that – whether targetted or indiscriminate, native-born or imported – terror will be quashed.”

“This will require an acknowledgement that those who inculcate hate and violence – in mosques, schools, prison or the Internet – are accomplices to murder,” concluded Samuels.

“The whole operation is an exercise in terror with those who grant their flag, finance, glorify and applaud, as active accomplices.”

Paris, 28 May 2018

“The Porto Alegre-based World Social Forum (WSF), an antiglobalization organization hijacked for the Palestinian cause, has become the focal point for coordination of the BDS and flotilla campaigns,” stated Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, who annually monitors WSF programmes:

- “The Gaza Flotilla” concept was first raised at the WSF in 2008. The 2016 Montreal meeting featured the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (see website <jfp.freedomflotilla.org>), and a proposed “Women’s Boat to Gaza,” led by flotilla activist, David Heap;

- Though less focussed on Palestinian issues, the March 2018 El Salvador meeting, reportedly discussed a flotilla to mark the 31 May 2010, “Mavi Marmara,” as further opportunity to defame Israel;

“If unstopped, Venezuela – the spoiler – could turn UNESCO into a fragile House of Cards.”

Paris, 23 May 2018

In its role as Chair of the 120 member-states of the “Non-Aligned Movement” (NAM), Venezuela today sent out a formal communique (N° 274-2018) on “Violations and Provocations Regarding the Status of Jerusalem.”

The NAM Secretary-General, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, reaffirmed “its abiding solidarity with the Palestinian people...,” calling on “those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.”

“Wiesenthal Centre demanded that Cúneo be fired forthwith. Any media that retains this hatemonger will be deemed an associate to his incitement and co-responsible for the consequences.”

Buenos Aires and Paris, 22 May 2018

 “For the last week, Argentine News Channel Crónica granted prime time to Santiago Cúneo – a ‘journalist’ who dedicated his program to defaming the Jewish community and its leaders (DAIA), the State of Israel, women and the current government,” noted Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung, respectively the Centre’s Director for International Relations and its Representative for Latin America.

Cúneo’s comments included:

- “We are building a gigantic majority to terminate these miserable rats, this pro-American and Israeli government.”

- “My greatest contempt is for you (Argentine President) Mauricio Macri, and absolute contempt for the band of delinquents that surround you, including the (Jewish) leaders of DAIA.”

If the Palestinians reject the existence of a Jewish Temple Mount in Jerusalem, why would they seek to own the proofs positive of that Temple’s Jewish validity?”

Paris, 16 May 2018

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director fir International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to “a disturbing plan to undermine her commitment to depoliticize the UN agency.”

Samuels had “learned from UNESCO Arab Group sources of an apparent plan by the Palestinian delegation to claim the Qumran Caves and the Dead Sea Scrolls at the 30-31 May 21st session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to Its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP), at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.”