News Releases 2019
Paris, 29 January 2019
On 27 January, United Nations Holocaust Commemoration Day, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and Special Advisor to the UNESCO Director General, Dr. Graciela Vaserman Samuels, were invited to participate in the Rome high school “Vittorio Alfieri” students theatre recital “Racconta” (“Testimony”), based on the writings of Holocaust survivor Sami Modiano “Davanti a Questi Occhi” (“In Front of My Eyes” - now also a documentary film).
Over 100 school children recounted the true stories of child deportees to Auschwitz, on the stage of a packed auditorium of the MAXXI (the Italian 21st Century Art Museum).
“Wiesenthal Centre Exposes Proceedings of French Neo-Nazi Rally to Infiltrate Yellow Jackets (YJs).”
“Will the YJs resist a neo-Nazi hijack and why do the French authorities do nothing to ban them as a ‘danger to public order’?”
Paris, 21 January 2019
“At the 9th weekly march of ‘Yellow Jackets’ on 12 January, Alain Soral, a notorious right-wing extremist and friend of the widely acknowledged antisemite Dieudonné, had called on his website, ‘Equality & Reconciliation’, for a gathering within the context of the 19 January 10th YJ demonstration in Paris,” as monitored by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
The Centre had called on French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, to ban this neo-Nazi conclave as “a danger to public order.”
“Extremes of right and left have hijacked the ‘movement’, held together by conspiracy theories, antisemitism and other forms of hatred.”
Exposed: Soral's neo-Nazi website invitation to 19 January antisemitic conference in the context of the Yellow Jackets' rally
“Next Saturday’s extreme right hatefest must be banned: lack of response will become a factor in candidates' campaign for the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections, as 'Yellow Fever' turns into a French 'Intifada'.”
Paris, 13 January 2019
“In the ninth week of Saturday demonstrations of the so-called ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Jackets, YJ) protests in Paris and across France, there seems to be no end in sight,” claimed Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.
A pre-Sabbath presence of Yellow Jackets on the Champs Elysées.
"The 2007 ISO Palestinian entry was 'Palestinian Occupied Territory', while in 2013, this was officially changed to the 'State of Palestine', rather than the more commonly depoliticized formula, 'Palestinian Authority'."
Paris, 3 January 2019
In a letter to the Geneva-based International Standardization Organization (ISO) Secretary, José Baltar, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, requested to learn the procedure by which the ISO registers the name of member-countries.
"Our members have noted that formulas used in pre-defined country lists prepared for airlines, travel and sales outlets differ from those of ISO"...."For example, FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) appears in ISO despite its identity as claimed by its government is 'Macedonia'," stated Samuels.
The Centre noted that "ISO apparently has no entry for 'Tibetan Chinese Occupation' nor 'Northern Cyprus as Turkish Occupied'. On the other hand, from 2007, ISO's Palestinian entry was 'Palestinian Occupied Territory', while in 2013, this was 'officially changed' to the 'State of Palestine', rather than the more commonly depoliticized formula, 'Palestinian Authority'."
"Please inform us as to the requirements and procedure for such ISO inscriptions, especially in regard to territories without defined borders or sovereignty in highly politicized conflicts."
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
3 January 2019
Since its opening in 1901 for the World Fair, “Le Train Bleu” symbolized a shrine for Parisian and foreign visitors.
Placed within the Gare de Lyon, the terminus for all trains heading South, it was frequented during the German occupation by Nazi officers, Vichy collaborators, the Resistance underground and Jews attempting to flee deportation by hiding around Lyons, Marseilles and Nice under Italian control.
The “Blue Train Restaurant” became a rendezvous in post-war “Gay Paree” and a pilgrimage site for many American army veterans of the Normandy landings.
Last week, a photo hit the press featuring the contemporary staff of “Le Train Bleu,” extending their arm in a “quenelle” – an inverted Hitler salute.