Communiqués de presse 2015
« Le Maroc est la cible d'islamistes, ceux-là mêmes qui s'en prennent aux Juifs. »
« Casablanca bat les autres foires du livre arabes en nombre d'ouvrages antisémites, avec un chiffre record de plus de cent livres exposés. »
Paris, le 2 avril 2015
Dans une lettre adressée au ministre de la Culture du Maroc, Mohammed Amine Sbihi, le directeur des Relations internationales du Centre Simon Wiesenthal, Shimon Samuels, lui présentait son sixième rapport annuel de veille contre l’incitation à la haine anti-juive au SIEL (Salon international de l’édition et du livre), qui s’est tenu à Casablanca. Ce salon est considéré comme le plus important de tout le monde arabe.
“It fails the 'Preference versus Prejudice Test': a preference for an alternative government of Israel is legitimate. A desire for its replacement by a 'State of Palestine' reflects a prejudice denying the right of sovereignty to the Jewish people.”
Paris, 30 March 2015
Writing to Southampton University incumbent Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam and incoming Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, drew attention to a conference announced on their University website, scheduled for 17-19 April.
Entitled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism,” the notice claims this to be unique because it concerns the legitimacy in international law of the Jewish State of Israel. Rather than focusing on Israeli actions in the 1967 Occupied Territories, the conference will focus on exploring themes of Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel's very nature.
“Used in Arabic in private Islamist-oriented schools in the West, these texts are now available in English and other European languages.”
Philadelphia, 19 March 2015
In a keynote speech to the 45th Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches held at Temple University, Philadelphia, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, alerted educators to English language antisemitic school texts.
These were exposed by the Centre from the display shelves of last month's international book fairs in Qatar, Casablanca and Oman.
Samuels, a Board member of the inter-faith international and inter-generational conference, warned that “such texts, used in Arabic in private Islamist-oriented schools in the West, are now available in English and other European languages.”
“In Frankfurt, our Centre awarded its '2014 Worst Offender Award' to the Qatari Stand.. In Doha, 700,000 visitors, 25% of them schoolchildren were exposed to a vicious racism.”
“From this perspective, Mr. Minister, Doha is a very long way from Paris.”
Paris, 5 March 2015
In a letter to Qatari Culture Minister, Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted the press reports of his candidacy for election in 2017 as Director-General of UNESCO. Samuels called his attention to “a matter under the auspices of his Ministry that surely violates the principles of UNESCO: the antisemitic displays at the just closed Doha International Book Fair.”
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
2 March 2015
Iceland is more than its tourist posters of geysers, volcanoes, the singer Bjork and the Northern Lights. It has now stretched antisemitism to new outer limits, rendering it almost a psychiatric disorder.
An Icelandic “artist”, Snorri Asmundsson, has posted a YouTube clip to the background of Israel’s natural anthem, HaTikva (The Hope), featuring a woman in a burqa pulled out of the frame by a man wearing a star of David armband, transvestites lampooning Israel’s Eurovision contest singer, Dana International, and two Down’s Syndrome young men dressed as orthodox Jewish Hassidim [HATIKVA by SNORRI ASMUNDSSON]