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"A campaign against possible chemical contaminants in vaccinations cannot be associated or compared with mass murder and the Holocaust."

Paris, 22 February 2019

In a letter to Italian Minister of the Interior and Vice-Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels expressed "outrage at an anti-vaccination campaign by an unknown group 'Siamo' (We Are), allegedly associated with 'Corvelva' (Veneto Regional Coordination for Liberty of Vaccination)." See: https://vaxopedia.org/2018/12/19/what-is-corvelva/

The letter described "Holocaust Denial, Holocaust Banalization and Holocaust Abuse, considered open to criminal prosecution in several European jurisdictions."

Samuels viewed "the Siamo campaign banner as a very offensive example of Holocaust abuse in its visual comparison of a child concentration camp prisoner alongside a contemporary non-vaccinated child."


He characterized the text as "nothing less that disgusting:
'History repeats itself
The theory of a superior Aryan race justifies exclusion [of children] from schools - doctors and scientists in 1939
The theory of a mass immunization of humanity justifies exclusion [of children] from schools - doctors and scientists in 2019
What scientific study can confirm these discriminatory theories?' "

The Centre urged the Minister "to investigate 'Siamo' and ask the appropriate authorities to apply punitive measures... A campaign against possible chemical contaminants in vaccinations cannot be associated or compared with mass murder and the Holocaust."

Samuels added: "I recall our role in bringing Erich Priebke from Argentina for trial in Rome for his role in the Ardeatine Caves massacre. I attended both trials from 1995 until 1998, together with the families of the 335 martyrs. We received overwhelming applause from the Italian public and media"... "Mr. Minister, we also expect your condemnation of this assault on the memory of Italian victims of the Nazis, both Jewish and Gentile," he concluded.

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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Paris, 21 February 2019

H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Marcon
Président de la République
Palais de l’Elysée
Paris

Monsieur le Président,

It was a pleasure to speak briefly with you last night at the CRIF dinner.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s over 400,000 worldwide membership is greatly moved by your speech at the dinner, especially your remarks acknowledging anti-Zionism as a form of antisemitism, your strong position against BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) against the State of Israel, your revulsion at the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and your focus on Islamist antisemitism, “requiring a reconquest of our lost territories in the struggle against radicalism.”

We especially appreciate your emphasis on Holocaust education and outrage at Holocaust denial, but above all your commitment that France will be signing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism.

Photo: Dr. Shimon Samuels with President Emmanuel Macron at the CRIF dinner

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre played a seminal role in the forging of that document, through my colleague, our Director for Government Affairs, Mark Weitzman.

That definition, as you stressed in your speech, Mr. President, defines anti-Zionism - the denial of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination - as a form of Jew-hatred.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Paris

Le Centre Wiesenthal félicite le président Macron pour son discours au dîner du CRIF

Paris, le 21 février 2019

S.E. M. Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République
Palais de l’Elysée
Paris

Monsieur le Président,

C’était un réel plaisir de m’entretenir brièvement avec vous hier soir au dîner du CRIF.

Les 400 000 membres internationaux du Centre Wiesenthal ont été profondément émus par le discours que vous avez prononcé à ce dîner. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié votre reconnaissance de l’antisionisme en tant que forme d’antisémitisme, votre position forte contre la campagne BDS (boycott, désinvestissement, sanctions) contre l’Etat d’Israël, votre dégoût face à la profanation des cimetières juifs, et votre combat spécifique contre l’antisémitisme islamiste, « qui exige de reconquérir nos derniers territoires dans la lutte contre le radicalisme ».

Nous apprécions tout particulièrement l’importance que vous accordez à l’enseignement de l’Holocauste et votre indignation devant le négationnisme, mais par-dessus tout votre engagement à ce que la France adopte la définition de l’antisémitisme de l’Alliance internationale de la mémoire de l’Holocauste.


Shimon Samuels avec le Président Macron au dîner du CRIF

Le Centre Simon Wiesenthal a joué un rôle primordial dans la mise en œuvre de ce document, grâce à mon collègue, le directeur des Affaires gouvernementales, Mark Weitzman.

Cette définition, comme vous l’avez souligné dans votre discours, Monsieur le Président, définit l’antisionisme – le déni du droit du peuple juif à son auto-détermination – comme une forme de haine envers les Juifs.

Merci, Monsieur le Président.

Dr Shimon Samuels
Directeur des Relations internationales
Centre Simon Wiesenthal, Paris

Buenos Aires, February 20, 2019

Facing the desperate situation in Venzuela and the refusal of the country's disputed President, Nicolás Maduro to let in humanitarian aid from the international community, Richard Branson, British business magnate and founder of the Virgin Group has organized a Live Aid-style concert in the border city of Cúcuta, Colombia.

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters' response to Branson is to "back off" - that aid is politicized and the world should leave the Venezuelan people alone.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC Director for International Relations stated: "This leader of the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign dreams more of choking Israel economically than bringing succor to the sick and starving of Venezuela," adding, “Right now, Waters is irrelevant. What is necessary is a Cold War Berlin siege-style airdrops under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS). As a consultant to that regional agency, this is an initiative that the Wiesenthal Centre will propose. It is probable that Israel would assist in providing emergency food and medicine."

“Leave it up to an anti-Semite who hates Israel to speak out against humanitarian aid for Venezuelan people, pauperized by Maduro, who now lack basics to survive, is beyond belief,” declared Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWCs Associated Dean and Director, Global Social Action Agenda.

"Waters' hypocrisy is extreme. He asks not to transform a concert for humanitarian aid into a political act, when his own concerts became a vector for political hatred. He declares himself contrary to the position of all the countries in which he gave concerts on his last Latin American tour collecting fortunes but not even offering his 'humanitarian aid' to the people of Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba or Nicaragua, whose governments he supports, but he avoided visiting, because there is no money to take from them there," concluded Dr. Ariel Gelblung, SWC's Latin America Representative.

For further information, please contact Dr.Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365, 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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Buenos Aires, 20 de febrero de 2019

El Antisemita Roger Waters Apoya el Bloqueo de Alimentos y Medicamentos de Emergencia de Maduro

Frente a la desesperada situación venezolana y la negativa del ilegítimo presidente Nicolás Maduro a permitir la ayuda humanitaria de la comunidad internacional, el millonario británico Richard Branson organizó para el próximo viernes y sábado un concierto al estilo de Live Aid en la ciudad fronteriza de Cúcuta, Colombia.

El Ex Pink Floyd Roger Waters sostiene que la ayuda está politizada y que el mundo debería dejar en paz al pueblo venezolano.

El Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro Wiesenthal, Dr. Shimon Samuels, declaró: "Este líder de la campaña de boicot, sanciones y desinversión sueña más con ahogar a Israel económicamente que con ayudar a los enfermos y hambrientos de Venezuela", agregando "Ahora mismo, Waters es irrelevante. Lo que se necesita es un puente aéreo de ayuda como en los tiempos de la Guerra Fría en Berlín bajo los auspicios de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA). Como consultores de esa agencia regional, esta es una iniciativa que propondrá el Centro Wiesenthal. Es probable que Israel ayude a proporcionar alimentos y medicamentos de emergencia".

"Dejen al antisemita que odia a Israel para que se pronuncie contra la ayuda humanitaria para los venezolanos empobrecidos por Maduro, que ahora carecen de lo básico para sobrevivir más allá de lo que se cree", declaró el Rabino Abraham Cooper, Decano Adjunto del Centro.

"La hipocresía de Waters es extrema. Pide no transformar un concierto de ayuda humanitaria en un acto político, cuando sus propios conciertos se convierten en un vector de odio político. Se declara contrario a la posición de todos los países en los que dió conciertos en Su última gira por América Latina en los que recolectó fortunas, pero ni siquiera ofreció su “ayuda humanitaria” a los pueblos de Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba o Nicaragua, cuyos gobiernos apoya, pero evitó visitarlos porque no hay dinero para llevarse de allí ", concluyó el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante para América Latina del Centro Wiesenthal.

Para más información, por favor contactarse con el Dr. Shimon Samuels al +336 09770158 o al Dr. Ariel Gelblung al +54911 49695365.

El Centro Simon Wiesenthal es una organización judía internacional de derechos humanos que cuenta con más de 400.000 miembros. Es miembro consultivo de las Naciones Unidas, la UNESCO, la OSCE, el Consejo de Europa, la OEA y el Parlamento Latinoamericano (PARLATINO).

H.M. King Mohammed VI
Rabat, MOROCCO

Your Majesty,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide constituency of over 400,000 members. It applies the lessons of the Holocaust to counter antisemitism and other contemporary forms of discrimination and hate.

0ne of our major projects is to monitor incitement to hatred and violence on the shelves of international book fairs. The findings are then shared with the authorities of the Frankfurt Book Fair, where, accordingly those publishers identified in contravention of their contract - which prohibits incitement - are duly blacklisted.

Your Majesty’s patronage of the SIEL Casablanca Book Fair ensures the banning of any text insulting to Islam.

Yet, in our seven years of monitoring the SIEL, there has been no such vetting of texts on the Casablanca shelves that offend the Jewish religion and people.

These are replete with the classics of antisemitism: the Tsarist forgery “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Henry Ford’s “International Jew” and Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”... and more contemporary versions of Jew-hating conspiracy theories, considered as “warrants for genocide” and certainly murderous intent.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Your Majesty, it is indeed ironic that among all Muslim countries, only your grandfather - whose name you carry - H.M. Mohammed V, protected Moroccan Jewry from deportation by the Vichy Nazi collaborators.

Globally, Jews of Moroccan ancestry bless his name and continue to feel an affinity with your country.

Yet, our request to your successive Minsters of Culture in regard to antisemitism at the Book Fair have fallen on deaf ears.

Below are only the tip of the iceberg examples of such antisemitism at the 2019 Casablanca Fair. Most are from Egyptian publishers Dar Al Basheer (stand C34) and Dar al Rislan (stand A76).

Your Majesty, we urge you to ensure that the 2020 Fair be hate-free, whether directed against Islam, Judaism or Christianity.

EXAMPLES:

- “Blood for the Matzos of Zion,” by Naguib El Kilany, published by Dar El Basheer (Egypt) (see 2010 MEMRI report on Dr. Sallah Sultan of the American Centre for Islamic Research in Columbus, Ohio, on Hamas AL-Aqsa Television)
https://www.memri.org/reports/blood-libel-hamas-al-aqsa-tv-%E2%80%93-american-center-islamic-research-president-dr-sallah-sultan


- “Secrets of the Racist Jews,” by Yuri Mukhin, translated by Mohammed Abdelaziz, published by Dar Ala el Deen (Aladdin) and displayed by Dar Al Rislan, Syria.
Mukhin is a Russian agitator who claims “Nazism was a response to Zionism and the Zionists were responsible for the Holocaust” (see link to Wikipedia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yury_Mukhin_(activist)



Your Majesty, such screeds sully the good name of Morocco and abuse your Patronage of the SIEL Book Fair.

Most respectfully,

Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre





Buenos Aires, February 14, 2019

In an interview granted today to the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese media group, Al Mayadin, Nicolás Maduro (pictured) stated: "Juan Guaidó is a CIA agent and serves the interests of the United States and Zionism".

He added that he feels compassion with the Palestinians, but denied that there are Hezbollah operatives acting in Venezuela.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, SWC Director for International Relations stated: "It is a farce that Maduro uses Hezbollah-related media to deny that the Iranian-backed terrorist movement in Venezuela is used as a hub for activity across Latin America. Based on assassinated Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman's findings, the Wiesenthal Center revealed that there were 90 Hezbollah sleepers in that country and probably more following former Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Assaimi's grant of over 150 Venezuelan passports to members of Hezbollah who knew no Spanish."

"When it comes to manipulating an adverse reality, autocrats lie shamelessly and seek an outside enemy to stir up the citizenship after their cause is already lost. Just as Israeli rescue workers who arrived in Brazil to aid victims of the natural disaster of Brumadinho were maligned by the Maduro regime as 'the beginning of a Zionist invasion of Latin America', so today do they use 'a non-existent relationship between Guaidó and the State of Israel to delegitimize both in a single step," concluded Dr. Ariel Gelblung, SWC Latin American Center´s Representative.

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365, 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).

Centro Simon Wiesenthal
Cabello 3872, PB "C" (C1425APR) - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Teléfono: (5411) 4802-1744
info@cswlatinoamerica.org

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Buenos Aires, 14 de febrero de 2019

Maduro Llama al Presidente Encargado Guaidó “Agente de la CIA y el Sionismo” en una Entrevista a un Medio Relacionado con Hezbollah

En una entrevista otorgada al medio libanés Al Mayadin, relacionado con Hezbollá, Nicolás Maduro afirmó que: “Juan Guaidó es un agente de la CIA y sirve a los intereses de Estados Unidos y del sionismo”.

Luego agregó que se siente un palestino y negó que existan agentes de Hezbollah actuando en Venezuela.

Al resepecto, el Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro Simon Wiesenthal, Dr. Shimon Samuels, sostuvo: "Es una farsa que Maduro use los medios relacionados con Hezbollah para negar que el organismo terrorista apoyado por Irán haya plantado su base de actividad en América Latina en Venezuela. El Centro Wiesenthal, basado en las investigaciones del asesinado fiscal argentino Alberto Nisman, reveló que había 90 agentes durmientes de Hizbollah en ese país y probablemente más después de la concesión del ex vicepresidente venezolano Tarek El Assaimi de más de 150 pasaportes venezolanos a miembros de Hezbolla que ni siquiera sabían español. ".

“Cuando se trata de manipular una realidad adversa, los autócratas mienten sin descaro y buscan un enemigo externo para soliviantar a la ciudadanía tras su causa ya perdida. Así como los rescatistas israelíes que llegaron a Brasil para ayudar a las víctimas del desastre natural de Brumadinho fueron calificados por el régimen de Maduro como 'el comienzo de la invasión sionista en América Latina', hoy se utiliza una relación inexistente entre el Presidente-Encargado Guaidó y el Estado de Israel para deslegitimar a ambos en un solo paso ", concluyó el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante del Centro para América Latina.

Para más información, por favor contactarse con el Dr. Shimon Samuels al +336 09770158 o al Dr. Ariel Gelblung al +54911 49695365.

El Centro Simon Wiesenthal es una organización judía internacional de derechos humanos que cuenta con más de 400.000 miembros. Es miembro consultivo de las Naciones Unidas, la UNESCO, la OSCE, el Consejo de Europa, la OEA y el Parlamento Latinoamericano (PARLATINO)

“A 3-step campaign to replace Israel with Palestine and Holocaust with Nakba:
1) The high-school teacher
2) The classroom students
3) The Jewish community and Gentile friends”

Paris, 14 February

In a letter to Guillaume Vanhulst, Rector of the Haute Ecole Pedagogique Vaud (Higher Educational School, HEP) of Lausanne, Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, expressed outrage at a three-step inherently anti-Jewish hate campaign planned for 29-30 April on HEP’s campus:
1) An inculcation session for high-school teachers
2) From the teachers to their class students
3) From the students to the broader community

Samuels noted that, “originally entitled ‘1948: knowing and teaching the Palestinian Nakba’ (‘Catastrophe’ in Arabic, used today to replace the Jewish Holocaust), this gathering was postponed last October, due to the intervention of the Vaud Cantonal authorities on grounds of pedagogical imbalance.”..."It has, however, been reinstated with a new title: “1948: the Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Problem,” but with exactly the same programme and purpose:to delegitimize the State of Israel."

The letter continued: “The speakers are to include: Elias Rafik Khoury, Ilan Pappe, Elias Sanbar (current Palestinian Ambassador to UNESCO) and Shlomo Sand (see link and photo below) - all well-known anti-Zionists who deny the right to self-determination of the Jewish people and are intent upon the destruction of the Jewish State.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/431671/The-Invention-of-the-Jewish-People-appears-in-Iranian-bookstores


Iran publishes Shlomo Sand’s “The Invention of the Jewish People”

The organizer is the HEP Teaching and Research Unit of Humanities and Social Sciences, with most sessions closed to the public and limited to high-school teachers, i.e. a primary inculcation for the secondary and main target of schoolchildren” ... “Mr. Rector, this 3-step campaign of sowing the seeds of hate, carries potentially violent ramifications for the third step, the broader Jewish community and its Gentile friends.”

The Centre called on HEP “not to host a clearly political enterprise composed of political activists - rather than acclaimed scholars - bent on a campaign replete with antisemitism.”

The letter also noted that, “ironically, ‘HEP, HEP!’ was a derogatory pogromist rallying cry in murderous riots against Jew, beginning in 1819 Wurzburg and spreading to German cities in the Rhineland and Bavaria. ‘HEP’ was thought to have been the acronym from the Latin ‘Hierosolyma Est Perdita’ (Jerusalem is lost!), used earlier by the Crusaders.”

“We are certain that HEP Lausanne would reject any such association. We therefore urge you to suspend what would be a hatefest, sine die,” concluded Samuels.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels at +33 147 237 637

Wiesenthal Centre to Italian Interior Minister: "Associating Vaccination with Genocide is an Assault on the Memory of Italian Victims of the Nazis - both Jewish and Gentile"

Wiesenthal Centre Lauds President Macron’s Speech at Community Dinner

Antisemite Roger Waters Supports Venezuelan Dictator Maduros' Blockade of Emergency Food and Medicine

An Open Letter to H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco

France Mobilizes Against Antisemitism? JPost op-ed by Shimon Samuels

Henry Ford's Anti-Semitic History Causes Controversy in Michigan | Read op-ed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Dr. Harold Brackman

Venezuelan Dictator Nicolás Maduro Calls Juan Guaidó "CIA Agent and Zionist" in Interview with Lebanese Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadin

Wiesenthal Centre to HEP Lausanne: “Suspend High-School Teacher Training Hatefest Bent on the Delegitimization of Israel”