News Releases 2018

Paris, 17 October 2018

The Wiesenthal Centre expresses its horror and revulsion at the presumed gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi. In a search, however, of his official Twitter account, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, discovered the following tweets of 16 October 2015. 

FROM JAMAL KHASHOGGI: The Tomb of the Prophet Joseph, attacked by demonstrators yesterday in Nablus is a Jewish lie is a shrine built in the Turkish era and surrounded by Jews to the school of extremism and claimed that Joseph peace be upon him.

FROM JAMAL KHASHOGGI:The Jews have no history in Palestine, so they invented the wall of the prophet, a Mamluk building. After 67 they noticed the tomb of Joseph in Nablus, and they decided that he was the prophet of Joseph.

FROM JAWAD AL-HASHEMI: Jews without history in Palestine !!! The feeling is that our teacher knows that you have come to history like my knowledge of Korean !!! Best greeting !!

FROM JAMAL KHASHOGGI: Go and dig with them, Jawad al-Hashemi, perhaps you will find them a tomb or an effect to be blessed with it, they have dug long and wide and did not find anything, so you have experience.

RESPONSE FROM JAWAD AL-HASHEMI: For your knowledge, we, the Muslims, took us from the Jews to the name of Jerusalem, they called Jerusalem the name of the house of Hamei Kadesh, and we stole it and called it Beit-al-Maqdis.

FROM JAMAL KHASHOGGI: A flaw ... The Muslims did not steal anything from the Jews, and I think you are a Muslim who cherishes your identity, do not provoke me more than this.

RESPONSE FROM YAZEED1404 (speaking of Jawad al-Hashemi): Professor Jamal, your guest is Jewish.

FROM JAMAL KHASHOGGI: @JawadAlhashimy is not a Jew but an Iraqi "diplomat" in New York.


As an international human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is anxious that the truth of Mr. Khashoggi's fate is uncovered and accounted for. 

“Worst Offender Award 2018” goes to Malaysia; “Runner-Up” to Iran.

Frankfurt, 14 October 2018 

For the 16th year, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the only non-governmental organization to monitor incitement to hate and violence on the display stands of the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF).

With over 7,400 exhibitors from 150 countries and over 300,000 visitors, it is dubbed “the Olympics of Book Fairs.”

Director Jurgen Boos opened this 70th anniversaries of the Fair, as also of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, drafted by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, by stating: “Where verbal abuse starts, aggression follows.”

“Former Israeli heritage issues now become the responsibility of accredited Jewish organizations and the defence of Judaism itself.” 

A Report from Dr. Shimon Samuels, Wiesenthal Centre Permanent Observer to UNESCO

Paris, 9 October 2018

Tomorrow morning Paris time, a senior UNESCO official will present to the 205th Executive Board of 59 voting States and Observers the two notorious anti-Israel resolutions that, normally, pass with an assured majority vote.

Item 28: Occupied Palestine and the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
Item 29: Education and Cultural Institutions in the Occupied Arab Territories and Occupied Syrian Golan.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 October 2018

Some countries at UNESCO will pull every lever to humiliate and demean the Jewish state. Or perhaps not!

4 Oct. 2018
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).

This week, 58 of the 195 member-States of UNESCO convened for two weeks as its 205th biennial Executive Board. They will consider reports on budgets, programs, failures and achievements. They will barter, horse-trade within and beyond their regional blocs.

"PACE current President, Liliane Maury Pasquier's one-sided report, 'The treatment of Palestinian Minors in the Israeli Justice System', to be tabled next week...
Not one word on the Palestinian abuse of their children to render them as lethal a threat as brain-washed adult murderers." 

"These perpetrators are committing an even greater crime in breeding the next generation to perpetuate hate, over and above the will to build a state at peace with its neighbours." 

Paris, 3 October 2018

In a letter to Woiciech Sawicki, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed great concern at the singling out of Israel by PACE current President, Liliane Maury Pasquier from Switzerland. A member of the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group.

'We understand that her report, 'The treatment of Palestinian Minors in the Israeli Justice System' will be tabled at the forthcoming PACE session next week," stated Samuels, continuing, "It is pertinent to read Note 41 of her report: 'Others have criticized my report as one-sided'. Indeed, a powerful understatement."