Communiqués de presse 2015

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“TUC resolutions calling for boycott of Israel have led to anti-Jewish threats, and now violence in the UK.”

Paris, 21 July 2015

In a letter to the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) Secretary-General, Frances O'Grady, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, protested “the violence and ejection of this weekend's Tolpuddle Trades Union Congress of a registered Jewish group by pro-Palestinian rioters.”

Samuels noted that he "first learned of the six Tolpuddle Martyrs – deported to an Australian penal colony for unionist activity in 1834 – as a teenage member of British Habonim, a socialist/Zionist youth movement, associated with many collective farm Kibbutz communities in Israel.”

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Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jewish Journal
9 July 2015
https://jewishjournal.com/commentary/opinion/175785/#.VZ8L4pnabZo.email

9 July 2015
The Kotel (photo Wikipedia).

The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO.

L’Unesco reçoit les lauréats du 11e Concours annuel d’essais russes sur la Shoah, organisé par le Centre Wiesenthal et Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance

« Ce programme a permis à toute une nouvelle génération de quelque douze mille messagers et militants d’approfondir les concepts de tolérance et d’extrémisme. »

Paris, le 6 juillet 2015

Ce programme unique de concours d’essais sur la Shoah, coorganisé par le Centre Simon Wiesenthal-Europe (CSW), l’association Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance (VLV) et le Centre russe de recherche et d’éducation sur l’Holocauste (Russian Holocaust Centre, RHC), en est à sa 11e édition. Chaque année, cinq étudiants lauréats venus de tous les pays de l’ex-Union soviétique sont invités à présenter à l’Unesco, à Paris, les résultats de leurs recherches.

Parmi les lauréats 2015, deux viennent de Moscou, l’un de Kemerovo (Sibérie), un autre de Kaliningrad (Russie), le cinquième de Kamenka (Biélorussie). Ils ont été sélectionnés sur plus de deux mille candidats.

Assistaient à la remise des prix les délégations à l’Unesco de Russie, Arménie, Biélorussie, Canada, Allemagne et Israël. Genc Seiti, directeur de la Division des commissions nationales et de la société civile de l’Unesco, a ouvert les débats. Il a félicité l’initiative des lauréats qui, tout à la fois, gardent vivante la mémoire de la Shoah en Russie, et contribuent au respect, à la tolérance et aux droits de l’homme dans le monde entier.

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Brussels, 1 July 2015

The European Conservative and Reformists Party (ECR) Group of 72 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) yesterday, hosted a first-ever Hearing on the “Antisemitism of Hamas”, co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC) and the European Jewish Association (EJA).

ECR Bulgarian MEP, Angel Dzhambazki, opened the proceedings and introduced Foreign Affairs spokesman, British MEP Dr. Charles Tannock, who – with the Wiesenthal Centre – had led a campaign for investigation of EU funding of Palestinian causes: “... Now it seems that Shiah Iran has been funding Sunni Hamas... Hamas may have been democratically elected, but like Hitler, that does not mean they have a democratic mandate to act as they do... Elsewhere, with such a Manifesto or Charter, it would be banned”, he declared.

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Paris, 26 June 2015

Simon Wiesenthal Centre Paris-based Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed horror at the gruesome attack today on Air Products, a United States-owned company, in Saint Quentin-Fallavier, France.

“The decapitated head of a victim, defaced with Arabic script and impaled on a fence, will remain the indelible image of this latest threshold in European terror attacks,” claimed Samuels.

The statement continued, “As the late Simon Wiesenthal would often observe, 'What begins with the Jews never ends with them!’”

“ISIS flags in Europe point to a consortium of targets: Western, American, Christian, Muslim moderates, women, Gays ... any representation of democratic values and diversity,” argued the Centre.

“The Wiesenthal Centre expresses sympathy with the victims' families and calls for activation of governmental surveillance of Islamist activists known to security authorities even prior to 2008 - apparently the case of Yassin Salim, the prime suspect in this assault,” concluded Samuels.