Wiesenthal Centre Condemns Brunei Death Penalty for Gays

April 8, 2019

“Our only allies at the Durban 2001 antisemitic hatefest were Roma, East European Slavs and LGBT NGOs -  each were marked for extermination by Hitler.”

"Jews need Gentiles to combat antisemitism, Blacks need Whites against racism, Women need Men for their rights and Gays need Straights.”


The Simon Wiesenthal Centre vigorously condemned the 3 April Brunei adoption of the death penalty by stoning: of homosexuals, women charged with adultery and other categories under Sharia law.

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, explained that “in the 1999 lead-up to the 2001 UN Conference on Racism - the Durban antisemitic hatefest - I was the only Jew elected to that forum’s International Steering Committee, from which I was physically expelled on arrival to Durban”... “Our only allies present were the Roma, the East European Slavs and the LGBT (Gay) NGOs - each of which had been marked for extermination by Hitler.”

The Centre commended a campaign, led by George Clooney and Elton John, for a boycott of the Brunei Sultan’s international hotel properties, beginning with the prestigious Dorchester in London.

Worldwide revulsion has been expressed, among others, by the British Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and the usually Israel-obsessed UN Human Rights Council  amazingly announced that this "application of the death penalty contravenes international law.”

In the late 1990’s, the Wiesenthal Centre’s work on restitution for Holocaust claimants led to appeals for guidance from other Nazi victims, including German LGBT seeking the return of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute of Social Sciences in Berlin to create a Gay Memorial Museum. It was the library of that building that featured in the films of Goebbels' book-burning bonfires of 1933.

“Invited to speak at the restituted Museum’s opening, I argued that Jews need Gentiles to combat antisemitism, Blacks need Whites against racism, Women need Men for their rights and Gays need Straights”... “That is our message to Brunei,” concluded Samuels.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels at +33 147 237 637, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).


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