News Releases 2019
“Yom Kippur 1938 fell on 5 October.”
Paris, 10 October 2019
In a letter to German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that “the Halle Jewish community dates back to the 12th century... On 10 November, 1938 – the ‘Kristallnacht State Pogrom’' saw the destruction of the local synagogue, 200 men sent to Buchenwald, and the obliteration of 800 years of Jewish Halle.”
“Interestingly,” continued the letter, “Yom Kippur 1938 fell on 5 October... It is known that both extreme right and Islamist terrorists often act to mark anniversaries.”
“If so, this may be a precursor to ‘Kristallnacht’,” suggested Samuels.
“Another disturbing point is the televised clip of the murderer in Halle. His returning back and forth to his car to take out additional weaponry seems to show a ‘police vacuum’.”
“The delayed reaction by the authorities in an obvious case of antisemitic terror demands an official investigation”... “Next month’s ‘Kristallnacht’ commemoration will require a maximum national alert,” concluded Samuels.
Tel Aviv, 2 October 2019
In a letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, raised the case of Dr. Saleh Daher Muhamed’s “Congress Shield” organization, based in Odessa.
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“Daher’s presence on the Internet is replete with charitable activity through the ‘International Congress on Protection of Rights and Freedoms of Citizens’, yet apparently contains outrageous images propagating antisemitism,” argued Samuels.
“The export of wine bottles commemorating Nazism must be monitored and penalized.”
Paris, 26 September 2019
In a letter to European Commission Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism, Katharina Von Schnurbein, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and the President of the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism, Dr. Benedetto Zacchiroli, brought attention to the abuse of Italy and its wine industry into playing the role of “the hatemongering wine-waiter of Europe.”
Buenos Aires, 23 September 2019
In its session of August 22, 2019, Buenos Aires City Council approved the resolution of Counceller Gastón Blanchetière declaring the “Importance for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights” of the creation of the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation on Antisemitism and the Holocaust at the National Library of Argentina, with more than 1,000 books donated in less than a year.
The City representatives acknowledged Lic. Elsa Barber, Director of the National Library and Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Wiesenthal Center's Latin American Representative, for their initiative.
“Egyptian Minister calls Israel ‘an enemy’ on same level as Muslim Brotherhood!”
Paris, 18 September 2019
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was delighted to follow the 30th International Conference, organized by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Islamic Endowments (Awqaf).
Delegates from 57 Muslim countries participated, in addition to twenty from Africa.