News Releases 2013

“Commitments signed by released or exchanged Palestinian security prisoners to desist from further terrorism shown to be a sham” 
“Israeli Arab volunteers to IDF are presented as confused or coerced victims of Zionism or, in fact, as collaborators” 

“A swift end to Centre’s one-man protest”

Paris, 18 June 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, visited the Ahlam Shibli exhibition, “Phantom Home – Death”, at the Paris Jeu de Paume art museum, where he revealed that: 

- In the section of her display entitled “Trackers, Palestine/Israel Trauma, Corrèze, France 2008-09   Death,Palestine, 2011-12”, 

The Palestinian propagandist photographer, Ms.Shibli, describes “the case of a French society which lost their lives in a war of liberation and members of the same society, who immediately after World War II, died in colonial wars against the independence of other peoples.”

"While we can hardly expect retraction, condemnation or apology from publications or the Cairo authorities, Egypt's Observer to OSCE must understand the negative consequences for his country's image and status."

Paris, May 6, 2013

In a letter to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary-General, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, called for "current antisemitism in the Egyptian media to be raised with Egypt's Observer, especially at a time when the OSCE 57 member-states were marking World Press Freedom Day" 

"May this Championship make the beautiful game a force for peace, rather than bringing the Middle East conflict onto its pitch and terraces".

Paris, 21, May 2013

In a letter to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), President, Michel Platini, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, slammed the call by 'electronic intifada.net' for UEFA to "remove its Under-21 European Championship from Israel, where it is scheduled to play from 5 to 18 June".

"Gibraltar is a microcosm of inter-faith and inter-cultural harmony, a template for tolerance-building in Europe. Its admission by the UEFA Congress tomorrow will be well deserved."

Paris, 23 May 2013

In a letter to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations)’s President, Michel Platini, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that the UEFA Congress, meeting in London, will tomorrow vote on the admission of Gibraltar’s Football Association.

At 7am this morning, an Iranian screaming «Allahu Akbar» attacked a Rabbi and his son with a cutter outside his synagogue in the 9th district of Paris.

Paris, 23 April

After a chase into the synagogue and then back into the street, the assailant was reportedly apprehended by passersby and the police. The Rabbi suffered cuts to his throat, his son was stabbed in the back. They were immediately hospitalised and are now out of danger. 

Together with it’s French associate, the Bureau National pour la Vigilance Contre L’Antisemitisme