News Releases 2013

"Its theme, The Culture of Images and the Image of Culture, was, in reality, an image that fomented a culture of hate."

Paris, 17 April 2013

In a letter to Moroccan Culture Minister, Mr. Mohamed Amine Sbihi, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, presented his fourth annual monitor of anti-Jewish incitement on the stands of the SIEL (Salon International de l'Edition et du Livre), held in Casablanca 29 March to 7 April 2013.  This is the most important book fair in the Arab world with 150 Moroccan stands, 30 Lebanese, 20 Syrian, 10 Egyptian, 5 Saudi, 2 Palestinian, 1 Libyan.

"Such trivialization is a subliminal step towards recurrence" 

Paris, 8 February 2013

In a letter to Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, declared that "our Centre is horrified to learn that on Sunday 10 February there is to be a parade in the city of Aalst, featuring a railway wagon with participants dressed as SS officers holding canisters of Zyklon B gas, led by an actor made up as Hitler."

"Launch independent enquiry into how this consultant serving a political agenda was appointed in the first place"

Paris, 27 February 2013

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed grave concern at a UNWatch blog on "Nicola Perugini–a researcher in the Palestinian Territories for UNESCO –who on 22 February, reported in Al Jazeera on a meeting that never took place."

"European Parliament must prevent Tehran from establishing foothold in Europe through Jobbik Party"

Budapest, March 7, 2013

Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a leading Jewish human rights NGO, at the end of their 3–day mission to Budapest are urging the Hungarian government and the European Parliament to investigate reports of a growing relationship between Iran and the antisemitic and anti-Roma Jobbik Hungarian political party.

"What is the relationship of 'the pursuit of Judaism' to Food and Agriculture?'"

1, March 2013

In a letter to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for  International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, bluntly asked "the relationship of 'the pursuit of Judaism' to food and agriculture?"

Samuels explained that he had "just sat through the United Nation’s Seminar on 'Assistance to the Palestinian People', which will be
indelibly marked by the comment of the Ambassador of Morocco - speaking for the Arab representatives on the UN Security Council - 'we are here
to stop the pursuit of Judaism in Palestine.'”