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    Paris Town Hall Illumination to honour victims of terror in Jerusalem
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    Exhibition Opening Copenhagen
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    Dr. Shimon Samuels meeting Pope Francis
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News Releases 2019

Paris, 1 August 2019

The European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) President, Benedetto Zacchiroli, took immediate action based on the protest of Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and the latter’s call for the expulsion of a notorious antisemitic member of the Montpellier Town Council.

Zacchiroli wrote to Mayor Saurel of Montpellier, one of the 158 member cities of ECCAR, offering support for measures against councillor Djamel Boumaaz for his widely reported neo-Nazi behaviour and hatemongering.

“As Boumaaz is part of the minority elected,” [originally a member of the far-right Front National Party] ... “the Mayor cannot take any measures against him as [Samuels] proposed,” stressed Zacchiroli, while considering taking other steps “on 3 October in Nancy at the First Meeting of Inclusive French Cities.”

"As your official partner, we propose that the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) compile and maintain a watch list of notorious racist bigots who hold municipal standing or platforms."

Paris, 25 July 2019

In a letter to Benedetto Zacchiroli, President of the 158-member municipalities of the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations,Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to the behaviour of Djamel Boumaaz, elected to the town council of Montpellier (Herault), reportedly on the National Rally (formerly far right National Front) ticket.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 July 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-86th-victim-595882

International conference on counter-terrorism to open in Buenos Aires

On the 25th anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Mauricio Macri is slated to open an international conference on counter-terrorism.

This will be a commemoration of the 85 people murdered and more than 300 who were wounded that July 18, 1994.

However, over the proceedings looms the specter of the 86th victim, a personal friend, prosecutor Alberto Nisman, gunned down in the early morning of January 18, 2015.

That morning, Nisman was due to present findings of a lengthy investigation into the atrocity to the Argentine Congress.

"Hamas leader, Fathi Hammad, calls on Palestinians living abroad to go out and slaughter and kill Jews."

"On the 25th anniversary of the Iranian controlled Hizbollah AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish Centre bombing, leaving 85 dead and over 300 wounded, both Hamas and Hizbollah  must be banned worldwide for 'warrant for genocide'. Otherwise, Islamists across Europe and the Americas will respond to the call for their Jihadist 'martyrdom'," concluded Samuels.

Paris, 14 July 2019

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, claimed that Hamas leader, Fathi Hammad, Friday 12 July public speech calling for "all Palestinians living abroad to go out and slaughter and kill Jews", was a 'Fatwa for Genocide'.

"Article 15 of the Hamas Charter, since its inception, has made a similar threat," noted the Centre.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 July 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/UNESCO-World-Heritage-Committee-Azerbaijan-restrains-Palestinian-mayhem-595394

11 July 2019 
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).

As the 11-day World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Baku winds down, it behooves us to review Jewish-related issues in the context of a UNESCO without the United States and Israel as members.

Of course, the perennial resolutions of Jordan and the Palestinians in Item 7 on “The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls” and “Hebron/Al-Khalil with the Cave of the Patriarchs” have become banners in the battlefield of heritage.

Their cause had, however, become tempered among the Arab group and the larger number of Muslim member states: