News Releases 2017

London, 17 July 2017

Chairing a panel in the House of Commons, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels thanked the host Henry Jackson Society President Dr.Alain Mendoza, the sponsor David Dangoor and the Exilarch Foundation, advisors Niran Bassoon-Timan and Dia Kashi of the Awlad al-Taraf Forum and Cairo-based translator Amir Bar-Gisi.

Samuels noted that "the English edition of 'Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred' was a tribute to Simon Wiesenthal's universalism.  Launched in the House of Lords in 2007, its contributors included a Rwandan, a Roma, a Disabled and a Gay spokesman, each applying the lessons in combatting antisemitism to their own victimology".

“We are outraged at the German amalgam drawn between 6 million murdered Jews of Europe and the ‘Palestinians’.”
 
Cracow, Poland, 8 July 2017

In a letter to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at German participation in “an amalgam drawn between the 6 million murdered Jews of Europe and the ‘Palestinians’.”

Samuels wrote “as the only Jewish Non-Governmental Organization accredited to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), I write to you on behalf of our 400,000 members, but also for concerned Jews and Christians worldwide,” explaining that, “since November 2011, the Palestinian entry into UNESCO, with a voracious appetite for the Judeo-Christian heritage, has turned the WHC into a battlefield.”

7 July 2017

Cracow, 7 July 2017

Mr. Chairman,

As the only Jewish NGO accredited to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre speaks for its 400,000 membership and concerned Jews and Christians worldwide.

We have the greatest respect for the WHC’s work and called upon it for the protection of Auschwitz, when a discotheque was opened within its protected zone.

Unfortunately, to paraphrase the German strategist von Clausewitz’ aphorism that “diplomacy is war by other means”, since the Palestinian entry into UNESCO in November 2011, the WHC has become “heritage as war by other means!” – a veritable battlefield.

"The Session ended with blood on its hands".

7 July, Cracow, Poland

In an eerie déjà vu miasma, the identity theft scenario proceeded to its inevitable conclusion, despite the Arab/Cuban challenge to Croatia-Jamaica - Poland's demand for a secret ballad.  Hebron's destiny was sealed by 12 Yes, 3 No, and 6 Abstaining anonymous votes.

UNESCO's professional consultant, ICOMOS had expressed as to the sites Outstanding Universal Value (OUV is a WHC condition for inscription), adding that it saw "no serious new threat to the site to justify its consideration as endangered or emergency" - the fast track process always used by the Palestinians to the chagrin of other member-states waiting years to have their sites considered.

Crakow Poland, 4 July 2017

Today, once again, 21 states comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC),had the audacity to judge the affinity of the Jewish people to their over 3,000 year capital.

- Ten voted in favour; Azerbaijan, Cuba, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

- Eight abstained; Angola, Croatia, Finland, Peru, the host Poland, Portugal, Korea,Tanzania.

- Three against; Burkina Faso, Jamaica, Philippines.

On 17 June 2017 the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations -  and Observer of the only Jewish NGO accredited to the WHC - Dr. Shimon Samuels, wrote to Prof.Jacek Purchla, the Polish Chairperson of the 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee, being held in Crakow 2-12 July.