Communiqués de presse 2013

Ce concours interuniversitaire, lancé en 2004 dans tous les pays de l’ex-Union soviétique, est passé de 25 candidats à sa création à plus de 2 000 participants cette année.

Paris, le 8 juillet 2013

Fondé par le Centre russe d’études sur l’Holocauste, basé à Moscou, et la filiale française pour l’éducation du Centre Simon-Wiesenthal, l’association Verbe et Lumière – Vigilance, ce concours s’achève traditionnellement au siège parisien de l’Unesco, où les cinq lauréats annuels reçoivent leur récompense.

La cérémonie a été ouverte par Shimon Samuels, Alla Gerber et Ilya Altman, respectivement directeur des Relations internationales du Centre Wiesenthal et coprésidents du Centre russe d’études sur l’Holocauste. Alla Gerber est en outre la première femme à siéger au parlement de la Russie postsoviétique. Y ont assisté les délégués permanents auprès de l’Unesco de l’Allemagne, des Etats-Unis, de la France, de la Hongrie, d’Israël, de la Russie, de l’Ukraine et du Vatican.

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“Ensure that health and medicine remain above political abuse.”

Paris, 4 July 2013

In a letter to Luc Besançon, General  Secretary/CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the Simon Wiesenthal Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, exposed a “’France-Palestine Solidarity’ boycott campaign against the Israeli generic pharmaceutical company, TEVA.”

Samuels noted that “TEVA was first targeted for boycott in my presence at a meeting  of the United Nations Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome 27-28 February, 2013.”

La Palestine détourne la session du Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco – une nouvelle campagne arabe contre Jérusalem.

Phnom Penh, Cambodge, le 25 juin 2013

Le Centre Simon-Wiesenthal – l’unique organisme juif accrédité au Comité du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco – a déploré la manipulation dont a été victime cette organisation qui a pour but de protéger et de préserver les sites culturels et naturels : une nouvelle opération coup de poing y a été menée contre Israël.

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“Commitments signed by released or exchanged Palestinian security prisoners to desist from further terrorism shown to be a sham” 
“Israeli Arab volunteers to IDF are presented as confused or coerced victims of Zionism or, in fact, as collaborators” 
“A swift end to Centre’s one-man protest”

Paris, 18 June 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, visited the Ahlam Shibli exhibition, “Phantom Home – Death”, at the Paris Jeu de Paume art museum, where he revealed that: 

- In the section of her display entitled “Trackers, Palestine/Israel Trauma, Corrèze, France 2008-09   Death,Palestine, 2011-12”, 

The Palestinian propagandist photographer, Ms.Shibli, describes “the case of a French society which lost their lives in a war of liberation and members of the same society, who immediately after World War II, died in colonial wars against the independence of other peoples.”

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"Gibraltar is a microcosm of inter-faith and inter-cultural harmony, a template for tolerance-building in Europe. Its admission by the UEFA Congress tomorrow will be well deserved."

Paris, 23 May 2013

In a letter to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations)’s President, Michel Platini, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that the UEFA Congress, meeting in London, will tomorrow vote on the admission of Gibraltar’s Football Association.

Samuels explained that, "as an international anti-racist organization actively concerned with discrimination and bigotry, we view Gibraltar as a microcosm of inter-faith and inter-cultural harmony which Europe may consider as a template for tolerance-building". 

The letter continued, "our relationship with FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) and Polish ‘Never Again’, at the Euro 2012, has reinforced our faith in football as a meeting ground in respect for all, and our conviction that sport must be held above politics." 

The letter emphasized that it "embraces UEFA’s policy of inclusion and universality in support of Gibraltar’s entry tomorrow." 

"Mr. President, we wish you and UEFA a tranquil and successful Congress", concluded Samuels.