News Releases 2013

“Ban swastika so that by January 2014 Greek Presidency of UE Kasidiàris may be excluded from Parliament.”

Paris, 6 August 2013

In a letter to Greek President Karolos Papoulias, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to the front page of the 4 August edition of the largest nation-wide circulation newspaper, Poto Thema, obtained from the Greek Helsinki Monitor. The photo featured the Spokesman and Golden Dawn Member of Parliament, Elias Kasidiàris, on his beach vacation last week.

“Invoke the prestige of your office to contain the revival of concepts once current during the 1941-1944 Finnish alliance with Nazi Germany.”

29 July 2013

In a letter to Finnish President, Sauli Vainamo Niinistö, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to Juha Kärkkäinen, founder of the chain of department stores that bears his family name, also apparently, editor in chief of a free newspaper “Magneettimedia” (www.magneettimedia.com).

A Holocaust essay competition in universities across the former Soviet Union, that began in 2004 with 25 submissions, this year exceeded 2,000.

Paris, 16 July 2013

Founded by the Moscow-based Russian Holocaust Centre and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's French educational affiliate "Verbe et Lumiere-Vigilance", the five winners are annually received by UNESCO in Paris.
Opened by the Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels and the Co-Chairs of the Russian Holocaust Centre, Alla Gerber - first woman Parliamentarian in post-Soviet Russian -  and Dr. IIya Altman, the event was attended by the Permanent Delegates to UNESCO of France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, United States and the Vatican. 

"Press Brussels to announce their cancellation forthwith".

Paris, 19 July 2013

In a letter to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to the "just announced European Union guidelines that 'ban EU funding of Israeli institutions operating in territories occupied since the 1967 Middle East War' to take effect on 1 January 2014".

“The flying public can demonstrate its stand against bigotry by exercising its right to choose airlines of other alliances.”

Paris, 7 August 2013

In a letter to SkyTeam Chairman, Leo van Wilk, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that the Centre, in June 2011, “was the first to express concern at the then announced air services agreement between Delta Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA or Saudia), in regard to its implications for Christian and Jewish passengers.”