News Releases 2021

UNESCO Grants Academic Certificates to Incarcerated Terrorists: A Second Round

 Paris, 12 January 2021

Madam Director-General,

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

Mr. President,

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.