News Releases 2015
“UNESCO is ‘Honorary Guest’ at Sharjah Book Fair amid Display Stands of Antisemitic Titles.”
Paris, 4 November 2016
In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted the Centre’s alert to UNESCO regarding “the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), which in 2015 displayed an array of Jewish conspiracy titles,” adding, “We urged UNESCO to disassociate itself from the 2016 Fair, which opened on 2 November, featuring the organization as its Honoured Guest.”
The letter lamented that, “…nevertheless, UNESCO now plays a central role at the SIBF, thereby indirectly associated with an unprecedented number of antisemitic titles (see selected photos, titles and authors in attachment).
Stand at the Sharjah International Book fair
Assaults on Jews have collateral and strategic consequences – they damage the delicate fabric of democracy itself.”
“Convoke a European Union-wide conference to combat antisemitism on every front.”
Paris, 16 February 2015
In a letter to European Council President, Donald Tusk, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, claimed that, “Saturday’s attacks in Copenhagen set a mimetic pattern following last month’s atrocities in Paris, with a triple target formula: - Freedom of expression activists - Police - Jewish institutions.”
In a letter to Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurdon, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels,
noted that "Shell has contracted from the Swiss-based offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company, Allseas Group,
their crane-ship Pieter Schelte, to service Brent oil platforms on the British continental shelf".
Samuels expressed indignation that "this vessel, described as "the largest ship in the world", is named for the father of Allseas' owner,
who was a convicted Nazi war criminal".
In a letter to the editorial team of Charlie Hebdo, Wiesenthal Centre French President, Richard Odier and Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed "horror at today's atrocity, our sympathy to the families of its victims and prayers for the wounded"