News Releases 2019

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“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

Mr. President,

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.

Herzliya, Israel, 16 September 2019

This 19th Annual Conference, dubbed “The Davos Forum Against Terror,” drew some 1,400 politicians, academics, security officials and media, including candidates in the forthcoming Israeli elections.

Invited for the 8th year running, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, brought attention to the role and fungibility of both African “conflict gold” and the disappearance of most of Venezuela’s gold reserve in the context of terrorism.

"UNESCO seems to have taken a position against the Making Memory UK National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster, London, abutting the Houses of Parliament on the River Thames."

"The memorial is designed to honour the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazi persecution, including Roma, LGBT and the disabled. The planners argue that they will take up 27% of the green space currently in the park...Its propinquity to the British Parliament aims to focus on the need to sensitize the public and their MP’s to the dangers of bigotry, prejudice, hate and violence against the other."

Paris, 12 September 2019

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations Dr.Shimon Samuels, noted that "UNESCO seems to have taken a position against the "Making Memory UK National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster, London, abutting the Houses of Parliament on the River Thames", adding that "the concept was born in 2015, yet a planning application is still being considered by Westminster City Council".