News Releases 2019
“Arab Publishers’ Association Campaign to de-Judaize ‘Jerusalem: The Eternal Capital of Palestine’.”
“Worst Offender prizes to Egypt and Iran” – “Courageous Best Practice Award to Indonesia”
22 October 2019
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is, for the 17th year, the only non-governmental organisation to monitor incitement to hate and violence on the display stands.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse – the “Olympics of Book Fairs” – is host to 7,450 exhibitors from 104 countries and over 300,000 visitors.
Director Jurgen Boos opened the 71st anniversary of the Fair, placing its context in the extreme right Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) terrorist attack on the Halle synagogue of the preceding week.
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.
See: <http://dahershield.com/en/> (Scroll to bottom)
“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.