Communiqués de presse 2015

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“The Argentine-Iran Memorandum had planned a spurious 'Truth Commission', rather like having Saddam Hussein lead an investigation into 9/11” ...“Its cancellation and subsequent developments inspire renewed hope for the families of the 85 dead and over 300 wounded, to at last – after a 21 year wait – obtain justice.”

Buenos Aires, 30 December 2015

Upon accession, the new government immediately took measures to nullify the Argentine-Iranian Memorandum on the 1994 AMIA Jewish Centre bombing.

Today, the last day of the Court calendar before recess, a Federal Prosecutor called for former Foreign Minister Hector Timerman to be investigated following a leaked telephone conversation in which he acknowledged that the AMIA atrocity was committed by Iran and, yet while knowing that, he still negotiated the Memorandum with them.

The Prosecutor also urged a reopening of the file of AMIA investigating Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in suspicious circumstances.

“The Wiesenthal Centre has been involved in the AMIA case since the atrocity and commends the new government for its steps towards transparency in reexamining Iranian complicity,” stated Dr. Ariel Gelblung, the Center's Latin American Representative.

“The Memorandum had planned a spurious ‘Truth Commission’ rather like having Saddam Hussein lead an investigation into 9/11”... “Its cancellation and subsequent developments inspire renewed hope for the families of the 85 dead and over 300 wounded, after a 21 year wait, to at last obtain justice,” argued Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Center’s Director for International Relations.

« Paris – la ville qui a connu Copernic et tant d'autres actes de terrorisme – verra Diab comparaître en 2016… Que cette année soit celle où les familles des victimes et les survivants voient la clôture définitive de leur deuil. Après 36 ans d'attente, une justice encore retardée équivaudrait à une justice niée. » 

Paris, le 24 décembre 2015

Le 3 octobre 1980 à 18h35, une bombe explosait devant la synagogue Copernic, à Paris, tuant quatre passants et blessant 40 fidèles à l'intérieur de l’édifice. Raymond Barre, alors Premier ministre, avait déclaré qu'« un attentat odieux qui voulait frapper les Israélites a frappé des Français innocents ». L'une des victimes était Aliza – l'épouse d'un cinéaste israélien, Micha Shagrir –, venue à Paris pour un week-end et invitée chez la journaliste Tamar Golan. 

Ce jour-là, le directeur des Relations internationales du Centre Wiesenthal, Shimon Samuels, accompagnait Aliza depuis l'appartement de son hôtesse jusqu'au coin de la rue Copernic, toute proche. C'est là que, quelques secondes plus tard, la mort allait la frapper.

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Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
14 December 2015

“The anti-Israel offensive was launched not by BDS marchers, but by European and UN diplomats endorsing delegitimization of one of those 195 member-states hosted by France.”

14 Dec. 2015
Environmentalists demonstrate near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, as the World Climate
Change Conference 2015 (COP21) meets, December 12, 2015 (photo Reuters).

The much-vaunted United Nations COP21 Climate Talks opened on November 30 in the suburban former Le Bourget airport under “red” security conditions in a traumatized Paris, a week after the terrorist massacre that took more than 130 lives.

More than 40,000 people convened with the extravagant aim to save the planet for future generations by containing global warming and curbing greenhouse gas emissions, even though resistance to the conditions of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol at subsequent gatherings wrapped the current Summit in skepticism.

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Paris, 10 December 2015

In a letter to OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels and Latin American Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, noted a 1 December report of 5 Syrians holding stolen Greek passports, arrested and then released in Honduras, claiming the United States as their destination.

Apparently, these “asylum seekers” left Syria through Lebanon through Turkey via Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica to Honduras where there is a large Middle East community.

Likewise, the 6 December arrest in Buenos Aires of 5 Syrians with Greek stolen passports. Sources point to their staying near a Jewish-owned hotel that hosts many community celebrations.

Another Syrian, wanted by INTERPOL for alleged links to ISIS, was arrested in Paraguay with another Greek stolen passport, asking for refuge in Argentina.

Two other Syrians were stopped on their way from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Colonia, Uruguay. On 7 December, these led to a Turkish citizen, who reportedly heads a trafficking network of Syrians given stolen Greek documents, on their way to the United States through Argentina and Brazil.

Gelblung emphasised that “these are not isolated incidents that reveal a well-planned modus operandi that must be taken very seriously by the governments of the Western hemisphere.”

Samuels added that “AMIA bombing investigation Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, already pointed to mainly Hezbollah sleepers in 9 Latin American countries, including Honduras and the Triple Frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay…,” continuing, “Argentina has been the main victim in the past and now seems, once again, to be a focal point. We call on newly-elected President Macri to take urgent measures to contain this threat.”

The Wiesenthal Centre officials appealed to the OAS to convene a special meeting of its 35 member-states on awakening Middle East terrorism in the Americas.

« Après une poignée de main échangée entre Netanyahou et Abbas, les Palestiniens ont, une fois de plus, montré qu'ils ne manquent jamais une occasion de manquer une occasion. »

« Des décennies de largesses qui se comptent en milliards de dollars, distribuées par l'Union européenne, les États-Unis et l'ONU, n'ont pas empêché la catastrophe écologique que les Palestiniens continuent de s'infliger. »

Paris, le 9 décembre 2015

Dans une lettre adressée à Laurent Fabius, président de la conférence sur le climat COP21 et ministre des Affaires étrangères de la France, Shimon Samuels, directeur des Relations internationales du Centre Simon Wiesenthal, protestait contre « le soutien manifesté par l'Europe pour la propagande palestinienne, au cours de la session de ce week-end sur ''La planification en matière de changements climatiques dans les zones de conflit : l’État palestinien''. »