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Communiqués de presse 2010

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Paris, 25 November 2010

In a letter to Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels lamented that "the Centre was struck by the timing of an event in Dublin, sadly reminiscent of financial scapegoating of the 1930's".

The letter continued, "in the midst of Ireland's greatest post-war crisis, a poster illustrating an atomized Europe around a Star of David, invites the public on 3 December to an Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign book launch/wine and cheese reception.

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Paris, 15 October 2010

In a letter to Air France-KLM President Director-General, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, explained that "one of our many members who fly frequently on your airlines, has brought to our attention the June-September 2010 Flyer Menu of your company subsidiary, Transavia."

 The letter noted that "this menu, for inflight sandwiches, drinks, cigarettes and magazines (attached) features three periodicals for on-board sale, each with a full cover from their mid-May edition: 

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Paris, 12 October 2010

In a letter to City Mayors and World Mayor coordinator, Tann vom Hove,the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, praised the organization's annual election of 'World Mayors' who "excel in…leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity,social and economic awareness, ABILITY TO PROVIDE SECURITY…to FOSTER GOOD RELATIONS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES from different cultural,racial and social backgrounds”.

Nevertheless,Samuels expressed concern that "one of the 25 mayors shortlisted for the 2010 award, has reportedly contradicted the very qualities highlighted above. Mr.Ilmar Reepalu, is Mayor of Malmo, a Swedish city of some 300,000 of which over 60,000 are Muslim and 756 are Jews." 

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Paris, 8 October 2010

In his report to Frankfurt Book Fair Director, Jurgen Boos, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, noted that "this is the 8th Year that the Simon Wiesenthal Centre monitors incitement to hate and violence on the display stands of this, the most important and largest book fair in the world". (This year, 7533 exhibitors from 111 countries over 172000 sq.m. of display area, receiving over 300000 visitors). 

Samuels noted that the Director had always stressed his "commitment to promoting international standards, best practices and respect”. 

"Le Centre Wiesenthal Exige le Gel des Avoirs  des Auteurs pour Indemniser les Victimes."

Paris, le 4 octobre 2010

Le Centre Simon Wiesenthal-France a co-organisé une commémoration du 30ème anniversaire de l'attentat de  Copernic à la synagogue, intitulé "Se souvenir.  Comprendre. Juger." Le 3 Octobre 1980, l'attentat, alors attribué à des néo-nazis, a tué quatre personnes dans la rue et a blessé quarante-deux fidèles à l'intérieur de la synagogue. Plus tard, l’attentat été attribué  au Front Populaire pour la Libération de la Palestine-Opérations Spéciales (FPLP-OS), basé alors au Liban.