News Releases 2018
“Worst Offender Award 2018” goes to Malaysia; “Runner-Up” to Iran.
Frankfurt, 14 October 2018
For the 16th year, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the only non-governmental organization to monitor incitement to hate and violence on the display stands of the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF).
With over 7,400 exhibitors from 150 countries and over 300,000 visitors, it is dubbed “the Olympics of Book Fairs.”
Director Jurgen Boos opened this 70th anniversaries of the Fair, as also of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, drafted by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, by stating: “Where verbal abuse starts, aggression follows.”
“Former Israeli heritage issues now become the responsibility of accredited Jewish organizations and the defence of Judaism itself.”
A Report from Dr. Shimon Samuels, Wiesenthal Centre Permanent Observer to UNESCO
Paris, 9 October 2018
Tomorrow morning Paris time, a senior UNESCO official will present to the 205th Executive Board of 59 voting States and Observers the two notorious anti-Israel resolutions that, normally, pass with an assured majority vote.
Item 28: Occupied Palestine and the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
Item 29: Education and Cultural Institutions in the Occupied Arab Territories and Occupied Syrian Golan.
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!
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.”