News Releases 2013

“We now urge you to publicly condemn Judeophobic stereotyping on television and to plan a programme on the dangers to France of rampant antisemitism.”

Paris, 10 October 2013

In a letter to Canal+ President, Bertrand Meheut, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, congratulated the private television channel for “suspending the programme of Sébastien Thoen, following the intervention of our partner organization, the BNCVA (Bureau national de vigilance contre l’antisémitisme) and ourselves.”

Wiesenthal Centre 11th Annual Report from the Frankfurt Book Fair - 'Worst Offender 2013' Goes to Egypt, and especially Al Ahram Publishers for Continued Display of Conspiracy Theories. 

- 'Runner-Up' Goes to Iran - last year's 'Worst Offender' - for Childrens' Literature Glorifying Martyrdom and Jihad.  

- 'Hate-Free' Commendation to Turkey for second consecutive year.

Frankfurt, 14 October 2013

For the eleventh year, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the only non-governmental organization to monitor incitement to hate and violence on the display stands of the Frankfurt Book Fair. With over 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries and more than 300,000 visitors, this is the largest annual international gathering of the publishing industry.

"Conviction follows Wiesenthal Centre's Protest and criminalizes 
concepts once current during the 1941-944 Finnish alliance with Nazi 

Paris, 22 October 2013

Juha Karkkainen, founder of the department store network that bears his
name, has been fined 45,000€ for "inciting to hatred against an ethnic
group" in his free distribution newspaper 'Magneetti Media'.  The Court
ordered him to remove the antisemitic articles from the Magneetti website.

“International Children’s Agencies urged to endorse Centre’s designation of terrorism against children as a crime against humanity.”

Beslan, Russia, 3 September 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, was invited by the Russian Holocaust Centre to keynote an international conference on “Children – Victims of Terror.” This was held, in Beslan and the Wladikavkaz State University, on the ninth anniversary of the 3 day siege of 1,100 hostages—including 770 children—at the Beslan school in North Ossetia Caucasus, Russia.

“ 'Olympic Truce' General Assembly Resolution 48/11 Binds the UN in Sharing the Responsibility for IOC Positions and their Consequences.”

Paris, 12 September 2013

In a letter to Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), Wilfried Lemke, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, called for newly elected International Olympic Committee President to be pressed to resign forthwith his Chairmanship of German agency for boycott of Israel.