News Releases 2020
24 February 2020
The Wiesenthal Centre has monitored the Belgian town of Aalst for its outrageous antisemitic carnival floats.
The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in 2013 protested the Nazi theme – whipping of concentration camp prisoners carrying canisters marked “Zyklon B,” the gas that killed millions of Jews.
“Again, last year we expressed outrage at the float showing religious Jews among gold coins and rats”… “taking the issue of Aalst’s UNESCO status to a Cultural Heritage Bureau meeting in June, with a proposal to delist a Carnival of hate,” stated Samuels.
“A prelude to bigotry eventually ends in murder.”
Paris, 21 February 2020
In a letter to British Education Minister, Gavin Williamson, the Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, congratulated Williamson on his reappointment, but raising a clear and present educational danger.
B R E A K I N G N E W S : The Director-General of UNESCO has committed to discuss this serious situation with the Iranian representative, even though the Tomb of Esther and Mordecai is not a World Heritage site. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre will follow the developments of this case.
“Ironically, a new Haman is now ruling Iran in a reign of terror,”..."If this pernicious threat remains on the table, both Tehran and Ramallah must be suspended in view of their violation of the UNESCO Charter.”
Paris, 20 February 2020
In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, the Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, called “to invoke the UNESCO mandate to protect sites of universal importance in time of conflict, in regard to the Iranian regime’s threat to destroy the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, a historic shrine holy to Judaism and Christianity.”
"In 2019, we made 107 interventions of which 36 (34%) resulted in positive change. We look forward to constantly raise that threshold."
Paris, 18 February 2020
In view of mounting and increasingly violent antisemitism we select issues where, generally, no other Jewish organisation is involved. Limited resources obviate duplication. For example, as no other is accredited to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, we speak in the name of Judaism against the constant ID theft of the Jewish narrative. This is even more vital since the departure of the United States and Israel from UNESCO.
SWC at rallies: “Against Rising Antisemitism” in Paris and “Against Israel Bashing” at the UN in Geneva.
By focusing on such international institutional antisemitism we often identify and uncover essential, but missed, "holes in the cheese".
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 February 2020
“Usury” was the grounds for deportation of the Jews of Antwerp by the Duke of Brabant in 1261, who called for them to be expelled or destroyed.
Sir Winston Churchill, 1941. Photo Biblioarchives/Libraryarchives/Flickr.
As Belgium today leads a United Nations Security Council campaign against Israel, while crying for dead Jews of 75 years ago at the Jerusalem Holocaust Forum, we may find Winston Churchill's definition eminently relevant: