News Releases 2016

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

26 Dec. 2016President Barack Obama walks from the rostrum after speaking at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 21. Photo by 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”).

The refusal to veto the resolution as the last gasp of the Obama regime was expected to take place between the November 8 election and the January 20 inauguration.

Little attention, however, is paid to Obama’s motive. Revenge against Netanyahu is inadequate. The move may be seen as an indication to the career of “Obama after Obama.”

A young, vigorous, wealthy and internationally connected ex-US president does not drive off into the sunset or play golf forever in Hawaii. His rental of a Washington DC suburban manor, rather than in his Chicago hometown, puts him geographically at the center of power.

"The Embassies of United States and France are joined by UNESCO at their dedicated pavilions amidst the vilest antisemitic and conspiracy theory titles at the Doha International Book Fair."

Paris, 7 December 2016

In a letter to Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, Culture and Sports Minister of Qatar, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Directot for International Relations,Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the continued display of titles inciting to hatred of Jews at the Doha International Book Fair (DECC).

Samuels noted that "this year, the Fair concludes on 11 December thus leaving time for removal of these antisemitic and conspiracy theory books:

Dar al-Kitab al-Arabi (Booth C70)

1- Money and Business Barons, by Abd al-Moein al-Shawaf (Jews control world finance and economy...)


Panamá City, 5 December 2016

The Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) is comprised of Parliamentary delegations from every country in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the only Jewish organization accredited to the PARLATINO and has passed resolutions against Antisemitism, Suicide Terrorism and is currently lobbying for its support against Racism in Football.

The 2016 Assembly was attended by Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and its Latin America Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung.

The closing session on “No to Hate” was impugned by a Venezuelan Congressman’s lengthy attack on the United States and Israel. This was countered by an Uruguayan legislator, who dismissed the value of “a session against hate addressed in the language of hate.”

The Centre’s officials were also received by Panamanian Interior Minister, Mitton Enriquez, and Director of the Government Academy, Clara Lura, to plan “a Sensitivity Day” with Wiesenthal Centre expertise on Digital Hate and Cyber Terrorism.

Op-Ed by Shimon Samuels published in the Jerusalem Post December 1 2016:

Remember the 1960s anti-war folk song, “Last night I had the strangest dream I never dreamed before, I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war”? It was just sullied by 1984 Orwellian “double think.”

Last June, France convened a halfday meeting of 25 invited European and Arab states, plus the United States, to seek a resolution to the Middle East conflict, billed as “the French Peace Initiative” – while markedly announcing that Israel was to be excluded.

Redolent of the Munich Agreement of 1938 reached behind the back of the doomed Czechoslovakia, “Paris 2016 peace” seemed more likely, in “double think”, to presage war at the cost of Israel.

France is bent on holding a brief, full-blown conference to rubber- stamp a draft resolution for the United Nations Security Council that would recognize Palestinian sovereignty and demand Israeli withdrawal, within one year, to the 1949 armistice lines that were effaced by the 1967 Egyptian-Jordanian- Syrian invasion.

The Ecuadorian Representative either carries a prejudice against Jewish self-determination and sovereignty – the definition of Zionism – or suffers from an inadequate education in history”

Panamá City, 1 December 2016

Attending the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) General Assembly as the only accredited international Jewish organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center´s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels and Latin American Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung protested to Ecuador President, Rafael Correa, in outrage at the Nazi/Jewish amalgam delivered by his representative to the UN General Assembly.

Samuels suggested that Mr. Sevilla “either carries a prejudice against Jewish self-determination and sovereignty - which is the definition of Zionism - or suffers from an inadequate education in history: