News Releases 2015

“Dumas versus Valls evokes the shadows of another charge of Jewish double loyalty in France: The Dreyfus Affair revisited.”

Paris, 20 February 2015

In a letter to President Francois Hollande, Richard Odier, President of Centre Simon Wiesenthal - France and Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre's Director for International Relations, expressed shock at the "antisemitic attack by former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas against Prime Minister Manuel Valls, in claiming that the latter's “personal alliances mean he has prejudices. Everyone knows he is married to someone... who has influence on him” – a clear allusion to his Jewish wife and widely interpreted as an accusation against Valls of double loyalty, by implication, the regurgitation of a Dreyfus-style conspiracy charge of Jewish control of politicians and media.”

Assaults on Jews have collateral and strategic consequences – they damage the delicate fabric of democracy itself.”

“Convoke a European Union-wide conference to combat antisemitism on every front.”

Paris, 16 February 2015

In a letter to European Council President, Donald Tusk, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, claimed that, “Saturday’s attacks in Copenhagen set a mimetic pattern following last month’s atrocities in Paris, with a triple target formula:

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
10 February 2015
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/munich-to-munich-a-symbol-of-betrayal-or-warning/

The hash tag “Munich” evokes a key signpost to World War II. For the Jewish collective memory it symbolizes betrayal:

– September 1938, Neville Chamberlain’s kowtow to Hitler, brandishing his umbrella, justifying allied appeasement as “Peace in our time.” This was the prelude, less than two months later, to “Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) State pogrom that was to unleash the Holocaust. Munich 1938’s betrayal became synonymous with deletion from the map of the small democratic state of Czechoslovakia, as the appeasers fed the crocodile in order to be eaten last.

"Annul Shell's dealings with Allseas – a company which apparently celebrates Nazi crimes by glorifying a perpetrator."

"It is interesting to note on the Shell portals' list of associated countries, the conspicuous absence of Israel."

Paris, 5 February 2015

In a letter to Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurdon, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that "Shell has contracted from the Swiss-based offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company, Allseas Group, their crane-ship Pieter Schelte, to service Brent oil platforms on the British continental shelf".

"By invidious comparison, Ward insults good name of United Kingdom and, thereby, British forces role in liberating Nazi concentration camps."

Paris, 29 January 2015

In a letter to British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Nicholas Clegg,the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels vigorously protested "the scurrilous desecration of the Holocaust by David Ward, your party's Member of Parliament for Bradford."