Wiesenthal Centre at Oslo Symposium and Recipient of Kare Kristiansen Award

March 18, 2019


The late Kare Kristiansen was a leader of the Norwegian Chrisitian People’s Party. In 1994, he resigned from the Nobel Committee to protest the Award granted to Yasser Arafat, whom he described as “the world’s most prominent terrorist.”

In 2011, the Oslo Symposium was founded by Christian Friends of Israel to honour Kristiansen’s memory.

The fifth biennial Kare Kristiansen Award was granted to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, represented by its Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels.

Bjarte Ystebo, Chair of the Oslo Symposium, handing the Kare Kristiansen Award to Shimon Samuels
(Photo: Marion Haslien)

The two-day conference was addressed by 55 speakers and attended by over 700 participants.

Click on “OS2019: Shimon Samuels” for his speech, or go directly to:

(Photo: Marion Haslien)

Samuels focused on the ID theft of both Jewish and Christian narrative, stressing the need of both faiths to work together on preserving a common heritage.

“We need active Chrsitian Zionists, such as the followers of Kare Kristiansen, to stand together with Israel and face our mutual challenges together,” he emphasized.

US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann spoke of her Norwegian forebears and her love for Israel.

Samuels with Michele Bachmann, Bjarte Ystebo and Graciela Vaserman Samuels
(Photo: Marion Haslien)

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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