News Releases 2021
“It is a tool of genocidal intent to erase the Jewish State from time and space.”
Paris, 27 August 2021
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed shock at the former’s reception on 19 August of the so-called “UN Palestine Exhibit Books”. The Exhibition includes: “The Palestinian People: Everlasting Roots, Infinite Horizons; Unrealized Roots, Unfulfilled Promises; 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the Palestinian Naqba (Catastrophe)”.
Paris, 25 August 2021
The Wiesenthal Centre’s call on the Spanish Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells Oliván, for rapid action, together with the Madrid-based ACOM (Action and Communication in the Middle East), resulted in this victory against Holocaust banalization.
Throughout the day, on social media, there were two denials, but finally the course was announced as definitively cancelled.
Shimon Samuels declared: “We will remain vigilant against copycat attempts to bring this form of antisemitism to campuses across Europe.”
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“My cause was justice, not vengeance. My work is for a better tomorrow and a more secure future for our children and grandchildren.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)
Paris, 23 August 2021
In a letter to Spanish Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells Oliván, the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, stated, “it has come to the Centre’s attention that the University of Santiago de Compostela will be hosting a ‘seminar’ entitled ‘Auschwitz/Gaza: a testing ground for comparative literature’.”
He continued, “This very title and expected content is not an issue of ‘freedom of expression’, but a banalization of the Holocaust, which can incite to hatred and violence against Jews of today.”
Paris, 14 August 2021
“Since the death of French Holocaust survivor and politician Simone Veil, several memorials in her memory around the country have been vandalised. The latest, in a small Brittany town, raises queries as the stone monument was, apparently, attacked three times in the past week. On each occasion, further swastikas and other antisemitica were added,” stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre's Director for International Relations.
“It is unbelievable that the authorities responded publicly only on the third occasion,” he added.
Paris, 13 August 2021
The French Foreign Ministry has just informed the parties and NGO's that have addressed this issue.
From the official statement: “France will not participate at Durban IV on the 20 September due to the antisemitic elements attached to the entire Durban process since 2001. France will thus join the great Western democracies: USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia...”
The decision has been rendered public this morning 13 August by the Quai d'Orsay (Foreign Ministry).
“This success is due to the parties and NGO’s who brought the matter to the attention of the French government, including the Wiesenthal Centre,” claimed the Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.