News Releases 2014
"The Dutch people today, sadly, face two forms of terrorism. The first from those who brought down the Malaysian aircraft over Ukraine. The second from the potential danger at home from ISIS. The second you can stop if you wish".
Paris, 28 July 2014
In a letter to The Hague Mayor, Jozias Van Aartsen, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed "shock at your authorization, on two occasions, of demonstrations in the Hague - ironically branded as the 'City of Peace and Justice' calling for the Death of Jews".
Samuels noted that "the World Mayor Association in Hanover established a code for their candidates, led by the duty to protect all their citizens. I, therefore wonder Mr. Van Aartsen, how you feel about endangering your Jewish citizens?"
Justice Minister claims "openly sympathising with terrorist groups is not punishable by law'
Hague Mayor states "no bounderies crossed during the demonstration" Simon Wiesenthal Centre urges "Ban ISIS, at least in World War Two the Netherlands put up a fight against the Nazis"
Paris, 25 July 2014
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, vigorously protested to Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, the authorisation for another rally in the Hague of the terrorist movement ISIS, calling for "death to the Jews".
Wiesenthal Centre to French President "Just as Hamas rockets over Israeli cities are unacceptable, the radical Islamist threat to normal life in French cities is intolerable".
21 July 2014
In a letter to French President, François Hollande, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, since the Elysee 11 June audience with the Centre's international delegation, "the principal subject of our discussion – the security of the Jewish community – has seriously deteriorated across Europe. Exploiting the current Gaza crisis, pogromist mobs are, seventy years after the Holocaust, screaming “Death to the Jews” in the very streets from which they were deported to the Nazi extermination camps".
"We are horrified that Hague Mayor authorized a rally under the Tawheed banner of ISIS terrorism".
Paris, 9 July 2014
In a letter to the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed shock on viewing the film clip of a 4 July 2014 demonstration in The Hague, "of a group presenting themselves as 'ISIS' - Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (the Levant), calling publicly for the murder of Jews See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXbZTzLgq2s#t=34 The clip was filmed and distributed by the omroepwest.nl website.
UNESCO, Paris, 3 July 2014
This university Holocaust essay competition programme, co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe, (CSW), the Association Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance (VL-V) and the Russian Holocaust Centre (RHC),each year. invites to Paris the five student winners from across the former Soviet. Union, to present their research findings at UNESCO.
The 2014 laureates from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Orel in Russia and Vitebsk in Belarus were chosen from almost 3,000 submissions
Attended by the Delegations of Russia, Belarus, Canada, Germany and Israel, the proceedings were opened by Genc Seiti, Director of the UNESCO Division for National Commissions and Civil Society. He commended the laureates' initiative for, not only keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust in Russia, but contributing to respect, tolerance and human rights worldwide.