News Releases 2022

20 September 2022

Madame Audrey Azoulay, Director General
UNESCO, Paris

Madam Director General,

We write to you as an NGO Associate Partner of UNESCO. We understand that last week the newly appointed Director for Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan, Golda El Khoury, arrived in Tehran.

20 September 2022
Golda El Khoury with Iranian Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, discussing
cultural heritage, education and women, 13 September 2022 (source: ISNA).

Paris, 15 September 2022

“French Supreme Court Dismisses all Charges of Defamation Against Senior Simon Wiesenthal Centre Official.”

In a landmark case, France’s Supreme Court exonerated the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, of charges of “conspiracy to defame” brought by the Committee for Welfare and Aid to the Palestinians (Comité de bienfaisance et de secours aux Palestiniens, CBSP).

This judgment ended a five-year series of lawsuits in French Courts suing Dr Samuels for writing “[through the] CBSP, a French organization that funds terrorism and which was banned in the United States.’’ The umbrella Union of the Islam Organisations in France (Union des organisations islamiques de France, UOIF) raises funds for the families of Hamas suicide terrorists, a campaign masked under the slogan “For just 50 euros, you can sponsor an orphan in Palestine.”

Article by Dr Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
12 September 2022

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/three-dramatic-transitions-in-the-uk-a-jewish-israel-dimension/

Born and bred in the United Kingdom and as Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, I feel concerned about the Jewish/Israel dimension of the three dramatic transitions that have occurred over the past three days:

1) Great Britain has a new Prime Minister;
2) The Loss of our Queen, whose 1953 Coronation we watched from an in-law’s window along the London route;
3) The United Kingdom has a new King.

Paris, 10 September 2022

Born and bred in the United Kingdom and as Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, I feel concerned about the Jewish/Israel dimension of the three dramatic transitions that have occurred over the past three days:

1) Great Britain has a new Prime Minister;
2) The Loss of our Queen, whose 1953 Coronation we watched from an in-law’s window along the London route;
3) The United Kingdom has a new King.

Paris, 2 September 2022

Mr. Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin,

You will recall our conversation at the CRIF dinner, where we congratulated you for your action in closing those mosques used by extremist Imams to spew antisemitism and tarnish the values of the Republic.

Now, backed by the final decision of the Council of State, you have decided to expel a master of hate, Imam Hassan Iquioussen.