News Releases 2018
Wiesenthal Centre to European Broadcasting Union: “Roger Waters’ Boycott Campaign Against 2019 Eurovision in Israel Violates EBU’s Mission Statement”
“Votes for Netta came mainly from a world-wide ‘telephone call-in’ underpinning the EBU’s Director-General, Noel Curran’s statement:
‘Public service [media] is the bedrock of democratic societies’.”
“EBU has an enemy, bent upon the destruction of its democratic values”... “Ensure that Roger Waters’ boycott campaign ends in the dustbin of Eurovision’s history.”
Paris, 11 September 2018
In a letter to European Broadcasting Union (EBU) President, Jean-Paul Philippot, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the BDS campaign against Israel hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
Samuels noted that: “in May of this year, the Jewish world and its friends celebrated Israel’s fourth victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Netta Barzilai’s song ‘Toy’ led with 529 points followed by Cyprus as runner-up with 436.”
Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 September 2018
The fate of Labour is, of course, a Jewish concern, but it is not a Jewish issue.
I have just spent time in London to consult with parliamentary leaders from both Houses of Commons and Lords, both Labour and Conservative, in an eerily silent Palace of Westminster, now awakening from its summer adjournment.
This is a reflection of their views:
Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
29 August 2018
You are quoted as claiming that “Zionists... don’t understand English irony.” Indeed ironic, for so many of these so-called “Zionists” were dedicated voters and members of the Labour Party.
London-born of British-born parents, two weeks after World War II, I was raised with an immense respect for the power of water – the 25 miles of Channel that saved 330,000 British Jews, listed in the 1941 Wannsee Protocol among the 11 million Jews in 33 countries targeted for Nazi extermination.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
22 August 2018
Simon Wiesenthal and the organization that bears his name have drawn on the lessons of the Holocaust as an international early warning system for Jews and other victims, for the defence of democracy and human rights.
The degree of antisemitism is a guide to those threats.
The “Corbyn factor ” is not limited to the United Kingdom, though domestically, it can become a threat to public order.
Its seeds set a tripwire, able to infect the global system and personified by Corbyn as a possible Prime Minister and, as such, a ‘world leader’ – a threat that must be confronted globally.
Wiesenthal Centre to Chancellor Merkel: “Remaining Ghetto Child Forced-Labourers Require Immediate and Urgent Justice!”
"Their current monthly pension gives from €28 (= $32) to €60 (= $68), while Waffen-SS volunteers received €1.500 (= $1.706)."
"Madam Chancellor, there are less than 150 surviving Dutch Ghetto Workers. They say ‘Hitler killed us brutally! Today’s Germany is killing us softly!’"
"The Federal Republic of Germany must immediately redeem its good name...Further procrastination will be construed as Germany abandoning its historical moral responsibility - a shocking message to the next generation."
Paris, 20 August 2018
In a letter to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, highlighted the “scandalous situation of Ghetto Child Forced Labourer pensions”... “as their numbers dwindle, demanding urgent justice”... “they are currently subject to unjust bureaucratic foot-dragging and heartless legal obstacles.”