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News Releases 2018

Éditorial d’Abraham Cooper publié en anglais dans The Algemeiner
le 31 décembre 2018

31 Dec. 2018
Des véhicules circulent sur une autoroute tandis qu’un train entre en gare. Tel-Aviv, Israël, le 25 novembre 2018.
Photo Reuters/Corinna Kern

Pour Israël, 2019 apportera vraisemblablement des réussites majeures, mais aussi de grandes déceptions.

Au nombre des réussites : une croissance continue de l’économie de l’innovation d’Israël ; l’accroissement du tourisme ; et le développement d’un large éventail de nouvelles inventions, avec des médicaments et des équipements d’aide aux personnes qui souffrent de graves problèmes de santé.

“To leave this award in place could associate your Institute with incitement to hatred.”

Paris, 27 December 2018

In a letter to President Pierre Buhler of the highly regarded Institut Français, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to the Institute's award, last week, to Egyptian actor Mohamed Sobhi, a widely reported antisemite, at the Institute-funded Meknès Theatre Festival in Morocco.
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Paris, 21 December 2018

An immediate apology was received from Galeries Lafayette Watch Division Director-General, Arthur Lemoine, for the outrageous sales slip denoting Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport as “Occupied Palestine Territories.”

Lemoine assured that their software editor and provider, CEGID, will be taking steps to prevent its repetition.

The Centre was troubled, however, by the position that the “saleswoman, Hinda, according to her own statements, selected this field by mistake and without malicious intent.”

Samuels suggested it was “unbelievable that out of over 200 sovereign states, and non-sovereign entities, she would have ‘selected’ the one entry set to delegitimize the Jewish State. That is ‘antisemitism’ as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, signed by France.”

The Centre registered surprise that Lemoine claimed, “even if it appears that it was an unintentional mistake, we decided to sanction our employee for her ‘terrible clumsiness’.”

Samuels requested “to know the nature of the ‘sanction’ of Galeries Lafayette for ‘antisemitism’ in the guise of ‘clumsiness’.”

“We are, indeed, amazed that Hinda remains its employee,” concluded Samuels.

Paris, 21 December 2018

In a letter to Royal Quartz / Louis Pion Watches Division Director-General, Arthur Lemoine, based at Galeries Lafayette stores, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage on behalf of its French members, who “brought to our attention an abuse of your Royal Quartz Division to foment antisemitism, as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, endorsed by France.”

The letter noted that, “On 26 October, a couple, about to board an El Al flight to Israel, purchased a watch from your Royal Quartz outlet at Paris Orly West airport.”

“Though Israel is leaving UNESCO at the end of the year due to countless Palestinian-led identity theft campaigns against Jewish and Christian heritage, the Moises Ville project will help to fill the vacuum by providing a challenge to those antisemites who remain.” 

Buenos Aires and Paris, 20 December 2018

Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels and Advisor to UNESCO Paris-based Director-General, Dr. Graciela Vaserman Samuels, have long considered Moises Ville - founded in 1889 in honour of benefactor Baron Maurice Moses Hirsch - “a unique success in refugee absorption... Jews fleeing Ukrainian pogroms reached Argentina in harsh conditions to become farmers. Overcoming an epidemic that devastated their first-born children, they partnered with the nearby Italian villages and became national icons through the novel ‘Gauchos Judíos’ (Jewish Gauchos), by the author Alberto Gerchunoff.”

The Samuels were made “Honorary Citizens” of Moises Ville, a Jewish town of unique cultural value, with its four synagogues, Kadima Theatre, Yiddish library and its annual “Día de la Convivencia” (Day of Harmony), as having brought asylum seekers from “admission” to “acceptance” as devoted citizens to their host country.