News Releases 2022

Paris, 25 September 2022

Sent before beginning of Rosh Hashanah in Paris
Polling stations close at 11 p.m., exit polls begin at midnight

Italy’s Parliamentary election results will arrive tonight, during the Jewish New Year 5783. The cleaver of a populist front is set to chop the country in two. During the run up to elections, a vociferous, unsatisfied, xenophobic side has politically drowned the moderates, too prudent and intellectualised. The right-wing coalition fields Giorgia Meloni’s party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), in coalition with another populist, Eurosceptic party, the Lega of Matteo Salvini, and with the liberal-conservative Forza Italia, led by the elderly yet still popular Silvio Berlusconi. According to most polls, there is little doubt they will win.

The Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Dr Shimon Samuels – based in Europe for 36 years running – comments on possible consequences, in particular for Italian Jews and for the Diaspora at large.

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.