News Releases 2014

L'exposition "le Peuple, le Livre, la Terre : 3 500 ans de relations entre le peuple juif et la Terre sainte" a été inaugurée au siège de l'UNESCO le 11 juin 2014.

Paris, 18 June 2014

L'exposition "le Peuple, le Livre, la Terre : 3 500 ans de relations entre le peuple juif et la Terre sainte" a été inaugurée au siège de l'UNESCO le 11 juin 2014. Rédigée par le célèbre historien Robert Wistrich et co-organisée par l'UNESCO et le Centre Simon Wiesenthal, cette exposition se tient sous l'égide du Canada, de l'Etat d'Israël, du Monténégro et des Etats-Unis.

The exhibition "People, Book, Land: the 3,500 year relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land" was inaugurated at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 11 June 2014. Written by acclaimed historian Robert Wistrich, co-organized by UNESCO and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, this exhibition is held under the auspices of Canada, Israel, Montenegro and the United States.

Messages d'inauguration de l'exposition coorganisée par l'UNESCO et le Centre Simon Wiesenthal : « Le Peuple, le Livre, la Terre : 3 500 ans de relations entre le peuple juif et la Terre sainte »

UNESCO, 11 juin 2014

Speech by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
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Speech by Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Centre
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Discours_R._Hier.pdf

Speech by Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations, Simon Wiesenthal Centre
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Discours_S._Samuels.pdf

Message from Assistant Secretary Dean Pittman, USA

Message from Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic, Montenegro

Message from Foreign Minister John Baird, Canada

Message from President Shimon Peres, Israel

Message from President François Hollande, France

Message from Lord George Carey, Archbishop Emeritus of Canterbury

Message from Irwin Cotler, MP, former Canadian Minister of Justice

Message from Boualem Sansal, Algerian Author

“Now the Ontario Appeal Court has upheld extradition, the 34 year wait of the survivors and families of the victims must end. Justice further delayed is justice denied!”

Paris, 16 May 2014

In a letter to French Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, urged that “now the Ontario Appeal Court has upheld the decision to extradite Copernic synagogue bombing suspect, Hassan Diab, preparations must be made for his trial in Paris.”

On 10 May 1990, the Carpentras Jewish cemetery was desecrated. A two week old grave was dug up and the body impaled on an umbrella. In a wave of public revulsion, Socialist President Francois Mitterrrand led more than 250,000 demonstrators through Paris in a march against antisemitism, racism and the extreme right.

29 January 2014

Sunday 26 January, another march through Paris by many political groups against the policies of Socialist President Francois Hollande, was hijacked by crowds screaming: “Jews, France is Not Yours”, “Jews, get out of France”. The organizers claimed 100,000 demonstrators, the police 17,000. Though the statistical number of anti-Semites among the protesters cannot be calculated, marchers were seen giving the quenelle version of the Hitler salute throughout the demonstration.

“The ban is a first step against Dieudonné the man. But ‘Dieudonnéism’ menaces the structures and values of the Republic itself.”

Paris, January 8, 2014

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, on behalf of the Centre’s worldwide membership, commended French Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, on his ruling “that encourages Mayors and Police Chiefs to ban public appearances across France of convicted antisemitic stand-up comic, Dieudonné Mbala Mbala.”