News Releases 2011

"Prosecute Apple for I-Phone 'Jew/Non-Jew' Application"

Paris, 17 September

"A new weapon in the war against the Jews is the mobile telephone", stated Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations. 

"A Virtual Holocaust is One Cosmetic That You Should Not Be Selling".

Paris, 6 September,

In a letter to Nivea - Beiersdorf Chairman,Thomas Quaas, at his Hamburg headquarters, the Simon Wiesenthal
Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, conveyed the outrage of several of its members at "Nivea havingapparently removed the State of Israel from the list of its clientcountries in the Middle East replacing it with "Palestine territories".

by Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations, Buenos Aires Herald, 20 July 2011

Invited by AMIA to attend the 17th anniversary of the atrocity, I was struck how democracies can succumb to the blandishments of tyrannies, at best, by wishful thinking.

"Brussels Meeting on the Role of Europe in Advancing Palestinian Statehood is a 'serial assault' against the State of Israel"

"General Assembly September vote on Palestinian status should be conditioned on prior dismantling of pernicious UN Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People"

Brussels, 30 June

In a letter to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, described his experience as the only Jewish NGO attending the Brussels meeting on "The Role of Europe in Advancing Palestinian Statehood and Achieving Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians."

"It is High Time that Father Rydzyk and his Radio Marya be Excommunicated"

28 June 2011

In a letter to Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled their recent meeting and arrangement to bring concerns in Catholic-Jewish relations to his direct attention.

The letter noted that "Father Rydzyk has been condemned by several Polish bishops for his continual incitement to antisemitism through Radio Marya,which he founded and has managed for twenty years", adding that "in 2007, the BBC reported that he had described the then President, the late Lech Kacynski, on the air waves, as under the influence of the Jews." 

Samuels pointed to Rydzyk's invitation by Polish MEP's, last week,"to the European Parliament, where he reportedly stated that Poland "has not been ruled by Poles since 1939" - interpreted in Warsaw as a code charging that the country has been run by Jews." 

The Centre highlighted 1 July as the date of Warsaw's assumption of the EU Presidency, thus expressing, "gratification that the Foreign Minister and the European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek, have condemned Rydzyk for harming Poland and, for the first time, have complained to the Holy See."

Samuels queried the response of Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, who claimed that "Rydzyk speaks in his own name and his statement does not involve the Holy See". The Centre emphasized that "his Redemptionist Order is presented as under the supreme authority of the Vatican."

The letter continued "despite Pope Benedict XVI's welcome reprimand of Rydzyk's antisemitic broadcasts, he has defiantly persisted and is, consequently, an embarrassment to the Holy Father." 

"In view of Rydzyk's recidivist hatemongering, our membership - including Catholics and Jews in Poland and around the world - feel that it is high time that Rydzyk and Radio Marya be excommunicated, to deligitimize a clerical status that he has consistently defiled," 
concluded Samuels.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58