News Releases 2015

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
30 April 2015
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/argentine-foreign-minister-hector-timerman-is-no-theodor-herzl/

Argentine Foreign Minister,Hector Timerman, has demonstrably and “irrevocably” excommunicated himself from the AMIA – Argentina’s premiere Jewish welfare, education and burial society – demolished by an Iranian Jihadist bomb in 1994, leaving 85 dead and 300 wounded.

By this personal act, he has rejected his Jewish education values and destiny – among them burial in a Jewish cemetery – and has, apparently, abandoned the Argentine victims of this Tehran-sponsored aggression.

By publicly announcing this action and reportedly charging the AMIA with obstructing Argentine national interests – in other words treason – it could be argued that he has exposed Argentina, once again, to grave threats from reactivated Iran-sponsored Hezbollah sleeper cells on Argentine soil, as were identified by the commonly presumed slain AMIA Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman.

Timerman has now invidiously compared himself with the Zionist champion and visionary, Theodor Herzl.

Herzl sacrificed himself in defence of the Jewish people and is buried among them in Jerusalem.

Shimon Samuels is Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“The election of Ms. Asfar would taint the Conservative Party as compliant in her antisemitism.”

Paris, 27 April 2015

In a letter to UK Conservative Party Election Campaign Manager, Lynton Crosby, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed the outrage of the Centre's British membership - Simon Wiesenthal Centre UK - at  “an antisemitic outburst from Derby Council Conservative candidate, Gulzabeen Asfar.”

The Centre noted that “a campaigner for Islamic Relief, which is active in funding HAMAS controlled Gaza, Asfar revealed her true colours on Facebook two days ago... referring to Labour leader Ed Miliband, she wrote “... Never ever will I drop that low and support the 'al-yahud' (in Arabic, 'the Jew') LOL”

The letter pointed out that, “a Conservative Party spokesman has responded to the scandal on Asfar's behalf, stating, “her comment was offensive and wrong. She has removed it and apologized.”

Samuels suggested that Crosby “would surely agree that this is a wildly insufficient answer to racism in British politics,” recalling “their correspondence in 2009, regarding incitement to hate in the then European Parliamentary elections.”

“Once again, serious counter measures are necessary,” he added.

The Centre argued that “the candidacy of Ms. Asfar must be immediately disqualified as her election would taint the Conservative Party as compliant in her antisemitism.”

“Our Centre relies on you to ensure that bigotry is booted out certainly, at least, from the Conservative Party campaign,” concluded Samuels.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
17 April 2015
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/nuremberg-betrayed-isis-and-the-international-criminal-court/

Coming in the context of this 70th Yom HaShoah, the statement by Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “…I have come to the conclusion that the jurisdictional basis for opening a preliminary examination into this situation [the crimes of ISIS] is too narrow at this stage” — is a betrayal of the ICC’s original aspiration to follow the historic example of the 1945-46 Nuremberg Tribunal.

That Court had criminalized the entire Nazi Party as a terrorist organization, which served as a basis for the Western allies’ de-Nazification policy, though abandoned with the onset of the Cold War.

If Mr. Hussein is elected, your Parliamentary debates will be subject to a rhetoric that can only contribute to Jewish insecurity in Finland and its Nordic neighbours.”

Paris, 9 April 2015 

In a letter to Finnish Centre Party Chairman, Juha Sipila, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “shock at a campaign speech by your Party’s Youth Section Chairman, Abdirahim Hussein Mohamad, that accuses Israel for 'the last few years brutal actions, in which children, women and the elderly have been systematically murdered'.”

“Fans chanting ‘Kill the Jews,’ waving Palestinian flats in Vienna, debases the beautiful game and presages violence in sport from a new Jihadist-Nazi alliance.” 

Paris, 7 April 2015 

In a letter to UEFA President, Michel Platini, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed shock at “the behaviour of Bosnia football fans. They are seen here in a film-clip link waving Palestinian flags while chanting ‘Kill the Jews,’ prior to the Austria - Bosnia friendly match in Vienna on 1 April:
http://antisemitism-europe.blogspot.com/2015/04/bosnia-football-fans-wave-palestinian.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&m=1"

The Centre urged UEFA “to take the strongest disciplinary measures against the Bosnian Football Club and we expect that other European clubs to take care that such behaviour be banned from any match, by the fans of any team.”

This action debases the beautiful game and presages violence in sport from a new Jihadist-Nazi alliance,” concluded Samuels.