News Releases 2011

"Suspend UNESCO's Sponsorship of Palestinian Children's Magazine Applauding Hitler for Murder of Jews"

Paris, 21 December,

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed astonishment to discover that "a UNESCO-sponsored and Palestinian Authority (PA)-funded children's monthly magazine expresses reverence for Hitler 'because he murdered the Jews'".

"Resign from German Banks Foundation until Antisemitic Iranian Minister Quits the Board"

Paris, 28 November 2011

In a letter to German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Minister of State Bernd Neumann, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed concern in regard to the Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation, "a magnificent mansion property purchased by the Association of German Savings Banks as, according to its website, 'an ideal location for international gatherings that deal with artistic, political and scientific questions and problems of our time'".

"Launch Full Inquiry unto Funding of 'Travel Palestine' Theft of Jewish Heritage'" 

"Film's misuse of resources and misrepresentation violate UN Standards of Conduct"

Paris, 28 November 2011


In a letter to United Nations Development Programme Administrator, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels pointed to "a case of apparent misuse of UNDP resources and misrepresentation under the UNDP Legal Framework for Addressing on-Compliance with UN Standards of Conduct."

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"Boycott Iran Sanctions-Busting Fair in Berlin"

Paris, 4 November 2011

Next Tuesday, an "Iranian Business Women" congress will be held at the Berlin Campus Hotel, to garner German-Iran transactions. The gathering is organized by EIEVENT (European-Iranian Ventures), together with the German Federal Assocation of Mid-Tier Businesses (BVMW), whose Board members includes politicians from the governing coalition FDP and the opposition SPD and Greens.