• Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
    Exhibition Opening, 11 June 2014: “People, Book, Land”
  • Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
  • Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
  • Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal
    Inauguration Place Simon & Cyla Wiesenthal

News Releases 2016

The Wiesenthal Centre calls for clarification: Are the ECFR recommendations the policy of the EU?”

 Paris, 28 November 2016

In a letter to European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, addressed the highest official of the European Union, “to clarify the relationship of the EU bodies with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).”

Samuels noted that: “This apparently well-endowed ‘think-tank’ – with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw – presents what seems a new and cynical element in the arsenal against the State of Israel: ‘differentiation’.”

He continued: “In laymen’s terms, ‘differentiation’ is jargon for a distinction in treatment between Jews residing within the 1948-1967 cease-fire lines, and Jews resident beyond those lines.”

Wiesenthal Centre to Kosova President: "these books are translated into Albanian, and published in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood"

"Kosova can not claim to combat Islamist radicalism while exposing itself to Jihadist hate".

Paris, 15 November

In a letter to Kosova President, Hashim Thaçi, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, protested  "the sale of antisemitic hate literature - not a hundred metres from the Presidential Palace - during an Organisation for Security and Cooperation Conference (OSCE) on "Combatting Terrorism and Radicalism."

Wiesenthal Centre to UNESCO Director-General:While we commend your firm stance against antisemitism, we urge you to condemn dangerous displays at Arab Book Fairs and remove UNESCO from Sharjah…”

Paris, 4 November 2016

In a letter to UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted the Centre’s alert to UNESCO regarding “the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), which in 2015 displayed an array of Jewish conspiracy titles,” adding, “We urged UNESCO to disassociate itself from the 2016 Fair, which opened on 2 November, featuring the organization as its Honoured Guest.”

The letter lamented that, “…nevertheless, UNESCO now plays a central role at the SIBF, thereby indirectly associated with an unprecedented number of antisemitic titles (see selected photos, titles and authors in attachment).

'Pogrom' at University College London

“Deracinate the growth before it metastasizes: Identify the perpetrators and expel them.”  

Paris, 31 October 2016

In a letter to University of London Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Adrian Smith, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed “outrage at the 27 October assault at University College London (UCL), by a so-called “pro-Palestinian” mob on a peaceful audience, come to hear an Israeli Gay rights and Palestinian outreach activist.”

The letter related how “the thugs first attacked female students on their way to the event. They then attempted to break into the lecture hall and force doors and windows.”

"The Centre warned of the potential danger of Article 18 of the Resolution in calling the Western Wall “part of Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif.  This could provoke further violence against Jews in Israel and Christians throughout the Middle-East… Mosques, media and schools throughout the region can now claim that non-Muslims at the Wall are trespassing on Al Aqsa.”

“UNESCO bears responsibility for the consequences.”

Paris, 26 October 2016

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Reporting from UNESCO, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, congratulated Tanzania for cracking the Palestinian conception of “consensus” - as meaning unanimity - by demanding a secret ballot.

This procedure allowed a split between the 21 member-States. Several countries were yesterday reported to have received direct threats.