News Releases 2017

"UN must Stop Palestinian 9 January Demand for Expulsion of Israel Football Association from FIFA"
Paris, 6 January 2017
Addressing the newly elected UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - due to the currently vacant position of UN Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) - the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels noted the role of the UNOSDP in its mission statement, as 'raising awareness about the use of physical activity in sport and play as powerful tools in the advancement of development and peace’...".  The Letter pointed out that on "13 December 2016, UNOSDP signed a partnership with the Football Association."

Op-Ed by Shimon Samuels published in the Jerusalem Post
28 December 2016

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President Barack Obama walks from the rostrum after speaking at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 21. Photo Reuters

The UN move may be seen as an indication to the career of “Obama after Obama.”

The UN Security Council resolution was hardly a surprise (see the December 1 Jerusalem Post oped by this author, “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream”).