Communiqués de presse 2013
“In the country of Hitler and Eichmann,'Hang the journalists, like with the Jews' is hardly a casual remark, out of ignorance or naiveté.”
Paris, 6 December 2013
In a letter to London Mayor, Boris Johnson, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, addressed him in his capacity as “Chair of the Local Management Committee (LMC) of the EU European Regional Development Fund.
The ERDF website states on governance that this Committee ‘makes recommendations for awarding funding.’”
« Cette loi condamnerait les Marocains qui ont des contacts économiques, politiques, culturels, artistiques ou autres avec Israël à 2 à 5 ans d’emprisonnement et à des amendes de 10 000 à 100 000 euros. »
Paris, le 26 novembre 2013
Dans une lettre adressée au roi du Maroc, Mohammed VI, le directeur des Relations internationales du Centre Simon-Wiesenthal, Shimon Samuels, attirait son attention sur le fait que « Votre Majesté se trouvait à Washington pour discuter avec le président Obama et son administration du rôle de votre pays dans le maintien de la stabilité démocratique, en ces temps orageux de défis sécuritaires dans votre pays et dans toute la région MENA (Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord) ».
“One can only speculate the reaction to a similar move related to Islamophobia.”
Paris, 6 November 2013
In a letter to European Union Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed shock that “to read on ‘Electronic Intifada’ website that the European Union’s Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) – now renamed the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) – 2004 ‘Working Definition of Antisemitism’ has been removed from the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) website.”
"Conviction follows Wiesenthal Centre's Protest and criminalizes concepts once current during the 1941-944 Finnish alliance with Nazi Germany."
Paris, 22 October 2013
Juha Karkkainen, founder of the department store network that bears his name, has been fined 45,000€ for "inciting to hatred against an ethnic group" in his free distribution newspaper 'Magneetti Media'. The Court ordered him to remove the antisemitic articles from the Magneetti website.
On 29 July 2013, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Affairs, Dr. Shimon Samuels, wrote to Finnish psident, Sauli Vainamo Niinistö urging his condemnation of these articles including: "The Jews Who Control the Media"," Zionist Terrorism in Norway", "The Great Rabbi Rape Cover-Up" etc. Jewish organisations of Finland had in parallel launched a legal suit.
"The Wiesenthal Centre congratulates all parties who have achieved a historic judgement that criminalizes concepts once current during the 10941-1944 Finish alliance with Nazi Germany", observed Samuels, adding, "In that the words 'Jew ' and ' Zionist' are used interchangeably in Magneetti Media, the Court's decision is in line with the anti-discrimination provision of the European Union and implements its Fundamental Rights Agency 2004 Working Definition of Antisemitism."
Wiesenthal Centre to President of Ukraine: "From Bandera and Shukhevych to Svoboda, these are Contemporary icons for the fans who bring Hate and Violence to Ukrainian Football."
Paris, 18 October 2013
In a letter to Ukrainian President, H.E. Mr. Viktor Yanukovich, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted his participation this week, in an international conference on antisemitism to mark the centenary of the Mendel Beilis trial in Kyiv, held under the auspices of the current Ukrainian Chairman-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).