News Releases 2021
Paris, 18 January 2021
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, had commended Emirates Airlines CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, for “allegedly suspending a pilot who refused to fly a plane to Israel.”
Since then, Tunisian pilot Monem Sahib al-Taba’s statement, “I do not regret it... refusing to participate in a flight to Tel Aviv,” has been removed from his Facebook account which is now closed down, with Dubai-based Al Arabiya, claiming the matter as “Fake News.”
Samuels argued that “the fake news” was a provocation to test Emirates’ response.”
“We are certain that, had the case been a reality, the airline would have acted in the same way – in the spirit of the Abraham accords – by suspending any recalcitrant pilots refusing to fly to Israel or bent on damaging normalization,” concluded Samuels.
Paris, 16 January 2021
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, commended Emirates Airlines CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, for suspending a pilot who refused to fly a plane to Israel.
The Tunisian pilot, Monem Sahib al-Taba, stated on his Facebook page that, pending a disciplinary committee, “I do not regret it... for refusing to participate in a flight to Tel Aviv."
“Emirates has shown its goodwill in the spirit of the Abraham accords and the normalization of relations with Israel. In Hebrew, KOL HA’KAVOD (All the Honour) to the airline!” concluded Samuels.
UNESCO Grants Academic Certificates to Incarcerated Terrorists: A Second Round
Paris, 12 January 2021
In the 28 years of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s NGO accreditation to UNESCO, it came as a shock to learn in February 2020, from the well-respected NGO Monitor, that the organization had granted academic certificates to terrorism “graduates” and their murderous “instructors.”
Paris, 10 January 2021
A letter to Pierre Hurmic, Mayor of Bordeaux from Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, noted that, “We have learned that your municipality is creating a programme to contain antisemitism and Nazism. At first glance, we were delighted to see that you have chosen the UEJF (Union of Jewish Students of France) as a principal partner.”
The letter continued, “To our dismay, you have selected a totally inappropriate group, the UJFP, that is arguably part of the problem.”
An Open Letter to Emmanuel Macron, President of France
By Shimon Samuels
Paris, 6 January 2021
You recently called Islam “a religion in crisis.” You also shut down mosques allegedly frequented by extremists, as centres emanating a hate that encouraged a wave of violence and terrorism.
Your policy was met by anger and anti-French boycott demonstrations across the Muslim world, reminiscent of just such an eruption in response to the Charlie Hebdo Mohammed caricatures.