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News Releases 2015

“TUC resolutions calling for boycott of Israel have led to anti-Jewish threats, and now violence in the UK.”

Paris, 21 July 2015

In a letter to the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) Secretary-General, Frances O'Grady, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, protested “the violence and ejection of this weekend's Tolpuddle Trades Union Congress of a registered Jewish group by pro-Palestinian rioters.”

Samuels noted that he "first learned of the six Tolpuddle Martyrs – deported to an Australian penal colony for unionist activity in 1834 – as a teenage member of British Habonim, a socialist/Zionist youth movement, associated with many collective farm Kibbutz communities in Israel.”

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jewish Journal
9 July 2015

9 July 2015
The Kotel (photo Wikipedia).

The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO.

UNESCO Receives 11th Annual Wiesenthal Centre/Verbe et Lumiere-Vigilance/Russian Holocaust Centre Essay Laureates

"This programme has educated a whole new generation of some 12,000 messengers and militants for tolerance and multipliers against extremism."

Paris, 6 July 2015

This unique Holocaust essay competition programme, co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe, (CSW), the Association Verbe et Lumiere-Vigilance (VL-V) and the Russian Holocaust Centre (RHC), now in its eleventh year, annually invites to Paris the five student winners from across the former Soviet Union, to present their research findings at UNESCO.

Of he 2015 laureates, two are from Moscow and one each from Kemerov (Siberia), Kaliningrad,(Russia) and Kamenka (Belarus) Those were chosen from well above 2,000 submissions.

Attended by the delegations of Russia, Armenia, 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.

Brussels, 1 July 2015

The European Conservative and Reformists Party (ECR) Group of 72 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) yesterday, hosted a first-ever Hearing on the “Antisemitism of Hamas”, co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC) and the European Jewish Association (EJA).

ECR Bulgarian MEP, Angel Dzhambazki, opened the proceedings and introduced Foreign Affairs spokesman, British MEP Dr. Charles Tannock, who – with the Wiesenthal Centre – had led a campaign for investigation of EU funding of Palestinian causes: “... Now it seems that Shiah Iran has been funding Sunni Hamas... Hamas may have been democratically elected, but like Hitler, that does not mean they have a democratic mandate to act as they do... Elsewhere, with such a Manifesto or Charter, it would be banned”, he declared.

Paris, 26 June 2015

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Paris-based Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed horror at the gruesome attack today on Air Products, a United States-owned company, in Saint Quentin-Fallavier, France.

“The decapitated head of a victim, defaced with Arabic script and impaled on a fence, will remain the indelible image of this latest threshold in European terror attacks,” claimed Samuels.

The statement continued, “As the late Simon Wiesenthal would often observe, 'What begins with the Jews never ends with them!’”

“ISIS flags in Europe point to a consortium of targets: Western, American, Christian, Muslim moderates, women, Gays ... any representation of democratic values and diversity,” argued the Centre.

“The Wiesenthal Centre expresses sympathy with the victims' families and calls for activation of governmental surveillance of Islamist activists known to security authorities even prior to 2008 - apparently the case of Yassin Salim, the prime suspect in this assault,” concluded Samuels.