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News Releases 2018

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 October 2018

Some countries at UNESCO will pull every lever to humiliate and demean the Jewish state. Or perhaps not!

4 Oct. 2018
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).

This week, 58 of the 195 member-States of UNESCO convened for two weeks as its 205th biennial Executive Board. They will consider reports on budgets, programs, failures and achievements. They will barter, horse-trade within and beyond their regional blocs.

"PACE current President, Liliane Maury Pasquier's one-sided report, 'The treatment of Palestinian Minors in the Israeli Justice System', to be tabled next week...
Not one word on the Palestinian abuse of their children to render them as lethal a threat as brain-washed adult murderers." 

"These perpetrators are committing an even greater crime in breeding the next generation to perpetuate hate, over and above the will to build a state at peace with its neighbours." 

Paris, 3 October 2018

In a letter to Woiciech Sawicki, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed great concern at the singling out of Israel by PACE current President, Liliane Maury Pasquier from Switzerland. A member of the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group.

'We understand that her report, 'The treatment of Palestinian Minors in the Israeli Justice System' will be tabled at the forthcoming PACE session next week," stated Samuels, continuing, "It is pertinent to read Note 41 of her report: 'Others have criticized my report as one-sided'. Indeed, a powerful understatement."

“From 9 October, they are scheduled to meet in Washington DC with Democratic Congressmen and think tanks close to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

Affiliated Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) leader lauded Islamists' work, “despite the efforts of anti-Islamic media directed by Jews.”

Buenos Aires and Paris, 27 September 2018

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels and Latin America Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, shared with the 35 member-state Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, disturbing findings, exposed through the Argentine online Infobae (see link in Spanish):  

The reportedly Islamist Deputy Secretary-General of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Abdur Razzaq, will be leading a ten-member Salafist extremist delegation - allegedly linked to the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and ISIS - to meet with political leaders across the Americas.

The Centre noted that “the itinerary begins on 9 October in Washington D.C., where the group is to be received, apparently, at the United States Congress by Democrat legislators and think-tanks close to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

Buenos Aires and Paris, 21 September 2018

For years, the Triple Border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay was a focus for illegal activities that served to promote and finance terrorism.

This morning, the Brazil Federal Police arrested Assad Ahmad Barakat in Foz do Iguazú, a fugitive agent linked to the pro-Iranian terrorist militia Hezbollah.

“In July, Argentina had frozen Barakat’s assets. In August, Paraguay called for his arrest, now implemented by Brazil. This is the first time that the three neighbouring countries have taken such joint action” said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Latin America.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre’s Director for International Relations, added: “We have monitored international terrorist activity in the lawless contiguous Triple Frontier region for some 20 years... The Centre commends this arrest and the expected extradition of Barakat to Argentina, as a sign that the three countries will begin to drive Hezbollah out of Latin America... At the same time, we urge a renewed joint enquiry into the 1992 Israeli Embassy and the 1994 AMIA Jewish Centre bombings in Buenos Aires.”

21 Sept. 2018
The Buenos Aires terror attacks: the Israeli Embassy bombed on 17 March 1992 and the AMIA Jewish Centre bombed on 18 July 1994.

“Together, these atrocities left 120 dead and over 400 injured. They were planned and executed out of the Triple Frontier by Iran and its Hezbollah terror arm,” the Centre’s officials concluded.

Still Seeking Justice: One Dutch Holocaust Survivor’s Ongoing Fight With Germany’s Government

Op-ed by Ben Cohen published in The Algemeiner
13 September 2018

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Now 82 years old, Dutch Holocaust survivor Albert de Leeuw worked in the Amsterdam Jewish ghetto from the age of five. 
Photo: Courtesy of Albert de Leeuw.

At the end of the Second World War, Albert de Leeuw was one of several Dutch Jewish children who turned up at the offices of the Jewish community in Amsterdam, searching for family who might have survived the Nazi Holocaust in The Netherlands. On a winter’s day in late 1945 or early 1946 — Albert doesn’t remember exactly — a man he did not recognize came to collect him, announcing himself as Albert’s father and bearing the news that Albert’s mother had come out of the war alive.