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Buenos Aires and Paris, 21 September 2018

For years, the Triple Border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay was a focus for illegal activities that served to promote and finance terrorism.

This morning, the Brazil Federal Police arrested Assad Ahmad Barakat in Foz do Iguazú, a fugitive agent linked to the pro-Iranian terrorist militia Hezbollah.

“In July, Argentina had frozen Barakat’s assets. In August, Paraguay called for his arrest, now implemented by Brazil. This is the first time that the three neighbouring countries have taken such joint action” said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Latin America.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre’s Director for International Relations, added: “We have monitored international terrorist activity in the lawless contiguous Triple Frontier region for some 20 years... The Centre commends this arrest and the expected extradition of Barakat to Argentina, as a sign that the three countries will begin to drive Hezbollah out of Latin America... At the same time, we urge a renewed joint enquiry into the 1992 Israeli Embassy and the 1994 AMIA Jewish Centre bombings in Buenos Aires.”


The Buenos Aires terror attacks: the Israeli Embassy bombed on 17 March 1992 and the AMIA Jewish Centre bombed on 18 July 1994

The Buenos Aires terror attacks: the Israeli Embassy bombed on 17 March 1992 and the AMIA Jewish Centre bombed on 18 July 1994

“Together, these atrocities left 120 dead and over 400 injured. They were planned and executed out of the Triple Frontier by Iran and its Hezbollah terror arm,” the Centre’s officials concluded.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels at +33 609 770 158 and Ariel Gelblung at +54 911 4969 5365, 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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Centro Simon Wiesenthal
Cabello 3872, PB "C" (C1425APR) - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Teléfono: (5411) 4802-1744 * Fax: (5411) 4802-1774
E-mail: info@cswlatinoamerica.org

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El Centro Wiesenthal Elogia el Trabajo Conjunto de Argentina, Brasil y Paraguay por la Detención de un Agente de Hezbollah

Buenos Aires y París, 21 de septiembre de 2018

Durante años, la zona de la Triple Frontera entre Argentina, Brasil y Paraguay fue un foco de actividades ilegales que sirvieron para promover y financiar el terrorismo.

Esta mañana, la Policía Federal de Brasil arrestó a Assad Ahmad Barakat en Foz do Iguazú, agente prófugo relacionado con la milicia terrorista pro iraní Hezbollah.

Los ataques terroristas de Buenos Aires: la Embajada de Israel bombardeada el 17 de marzo de 1992 y el Centro Judío AMIA bombardeado el 18 de julio de 1994

“En julio Argentina congeló sus bienes, en agosto Paraguay ordenó su arresto y ahora Brasil lo detiene. Es la primera vez que se evidencia que los tres países integrantes de la Triple Frontera llevan una acción conjunta en la dirección correcta.”, declaró el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante del Centro Simon Wiesenthal para América Latina.

Por su parte, el Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director de Relaciones Internacionales sostuvo: “Venimos monitoreando la actividad terrorista internacional en la anómica región de la Triple Frontera por más de 20 años ... El Centro elogia esta detención y esperamos que Barakat sea extraditado a la Argentina, como una señal de que los tres países comenzarán a expulsar a Hezbollah de América Latina ... Al mismo tiempo, instamos a una renovada investigación sobre los atentados a la Embajada de Israel en 1992 y a la Sede de la AMIA de 1994 en Buenos Aires teniendo en cuenta estos nuevos elementos "..

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)



Buenos Aires, September 14, 2018

A Buenos Aires Appeals Court has ruled that the trade of objects related to Nazi Germany constitutes a crime by encouraging or inciting persecution or hatred against persons or groups by reasons of race, religion, nationality or political ideas.

A police operation on June 29, 2017, confiscated headgear, helmets, weaponry, buckles and medals of the Third Reich, from an antiques store in Buenos Aires. The judges maintained that "this commerce keeps alive the flames of perversion, but on the other hand, also preserves the memory of what that social and political phenomenon was capable of ...",ruling it a crime.

"Selling medals and belt buckles from what that regime considered virtuous is not a mere historical interest without moral judgement, it also feeds the symbolic fuel that was the source of massacres," said the Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Simon Wiesenthal Center's Latin American Representative

Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Center's Director for International Relations, added: "Argentina gave refuge to countless Nazi criminals and their volunteer collaborators whom, for years, kept such memorabilia as hidden trophies, occasionally bringing them out to celebrate Hitler's birthday and other fetes under the dictatorships. As they leave the scene, these objects enter the market, ostensibly for 'collectors', many of whom may be captivated and drawn to the ideology they represent... their criminalization may be seen as a late gesture suggesting: 'If you cannot arrest the perpetrator, confiscate his appurtenances so that they are not purchased by a new generation to
again stimulate hate'."

"We praise this ruling and will present it in other countries as a best practice in combating bigotry," SWC officials concluded.

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 an international Jewish human rights organization numbering over 400.000 members. It holds consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS 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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El Centro Wiesenthal Recibe con Satisfacción el Fallo que Tipifica como Delito la Venta de Parafernalia Nazi

Buenos Aires, 14 de septiembre de 2018

La Cámara de Apelaciones en lo Penal, Contravencional y de Faltas, Sala III de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires interpretó que el comercio de objetos relacionados con la Alemania Nazi constituye el delito de alentar o incitar a la persecución o al odio contra personas o grupos por razones de raza, religión, nacionalidad o ideas políticas.

Refiriéndose al operativo policial que el 29 de junio de 2017 secuestró en un local de antigüedades del barrrio de San Telmo, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, gorras, cascos, armas, hebillas y medallas del III Reich, los jueces sostienen que “con estas ofrendas al comercio se persigue mantener viva la llama de aquella perversión o, en cambio, preservar la memoria de lo que fue capaz aquél fenómeno social y político…”, configurándose el delito que la ley prevé.

“Poner a la venta medallas y hebillas de cinturones que premiaban lo que en ese régimen se consideraba virtuoso no es una actividad relacionada con un mero interés histórico sin valoración moral, sino alimentar el combustible simbólico que constituyó el fundamento de la masacre”, sostuvo el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante del Centro Simon Wiesenthal para América Latina.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro, agregó: "Argentina dio refugio a innumerables criminales nazis y sus colaboradores voluntarios que, durante años, guardaron tales recuerdos como trofeo oculto, sacándolos ocasionalmente para celebrar el cumpleaños de Hitler y otras fiestas bajo las dictaduras. A medida que salen de la escena, estos objetos entran al mercado, ostensiblemente para 'coleccionistas', muchos de los cuales pueden ser cautivados y atraídos por la ideología que representan ... su criminalización puede verse como un gesto tardío sugiriendo: 'si no puedes arrestar al autor, confisca su accesorios para que no sean comprados por una nueva generación para estimular el odio otra vez ".

"Celebramos este fallo y lo presentaremos en otros países como una mejor práctica para combatir el fanatismo", concluyeron los funcionarios.

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)

Paris, 11 September 2018

In a letter to European Broadcasting Union (EBU) President, Jean-Paul Philippot, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed outrage at the BDS campaign against Israel hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Samuels noted: “In May of this year, the Jewish world and its friends celebrated Israel’s fourth victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Netta Barzilai’s song ‘Toy’ led with 529 points followed by Cyprus as runner-up with 436.”

The letter added: “These votes for Netta came mainly from a world-wide ‘telephone call-in’ underpinning the EBU’s Director-General, Noel Curran’s statement:

‘Public service [media] is the bedrock of democratic societies. Our role is to champion its values and ensure our Members are able to continue to play a vital role in European culture, society and public discourse’.”

Samuels argued, “Unfortunately, the EBU has an enemy, bent upon the destruction of its democratic values. He is Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame, but a notorious hatemonger against the Jewish State,” continuing, “How could this be possible as we recall his 1989 dramatic concert - in the cradle of the Holocaust - at the fallen Berlin Wall, leaving as its anthem Just Another Brick in the Wall?”

The Centre stressed, “We pray for the day that Palestinians might breach their walls of hate and come together with Israelis as one. That might have been in 1947, had they followed the Jews in accepting the United Nations Partition Resolution, rather than launch a war of aggression. ‘Palestine’, this year might have - together with Israel - feted its 70th birthday. It may have even participated in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Samuels highlighted, “Nevertheless, Roger Waters is calling on the EBU to ‘cancel Israel’s hosting of the contest altogether and to hold it in another country,’ in violation of your strategy and above mission statement celebrating democracy.”

The letter pointed out, “Seventeen member countries have already confirmed their 2019 attendance in Israel - almost half of last year’s contest: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.”

The letter emphasized, “The EBU spokesman has stated that ‘Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have both submitted extremely strong bids which meet the needs of the contest’.”

The Centre urged Mr. Philippot to ensure that the, "EBU endorse its democratic bedrock and champion its values, by ensuring that Roger Waters’ boycott campaign ends in the dustbin of Eurovision’s history.”

“We and all who voted for the message of Netta - I’m Not Your Toy - look forward to a full complement at the 2019 Contest in Israel,” concluded Samuels.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels at +33 609 770 158, 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).



September 6, 2018   

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez recently joined Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean,  Rabbi Abraham Cooper, to open the Center’s "The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945" traveling exhibit at Centro Cristiano Bet-El Church in South Gate, CA. The exhibit, which has been displayed in over 16 countries over the past 20 years, offers amazing insight into the Holocaust, is being shown in wake of statements supporting the extreme racist and anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan made by a local political candidate (seehttps://bit.ly/2NQ6FdL). 

“Recent Anti-Zionist pronouncements that support avowed Anti- Semites like Minister Farrakhan do not belong in our public discourse, either in the political sphere or general society. These statements must not be condoned,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (pictured above right). “It shows that two decades after we first designed this exhibit, its lesson is still vital to building understanding and working towards peace at home and abroad.”

Speaker Rendon (pictured right) and Bishop Mendez brought “The Courage to Remember”, presented by the Foundation for California and made possible by a grant from SNCF, to South Gate with the aim of empowering people to educate themselves, learn from history, and speak out against injustice. “Ignorance and intolerance have no place in society today. When particular groups are targeted by hate, we are all at risk,” they said.  

"'The Courage To Remember' empowers young and old to learn from history, confront bigotry and fight for justice. This exhibit is not a luxury, it is a necessity in all communities," said Dr. Alfred Balitzer, Chairman of the Foundation For California.

For more information on "The Courage to Remember," its partners and schedule, and to see photos and videos from opening events, please visit: www.couragetoremember.com

For more information about Centro Cristiano Bet-El, please visit: www.churchesinaction.net

About the Foundation for California:

Incorporated in 1986, the Foundation For California, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational corporation, was established to perform educational programs on issues of importance to the State of California and its local communities. Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has hosted conferences on public policy

 





September 4, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) today responded to the UK Labour party’s adoption of the definition of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)*, but with the addition of a statement that protected criticism of Israel as “free speech”. 

 “If today’s move by UK Labour Party represents the beginning of  dealing with anti-Semites and anti-Semitism within the party, including anti-Semites masquerading as anti-Zionists, then the Party can begin to write a new chapter. The fact that criticism of Israel and Palestinian issue were added to the adoption could be used to subvert the agreement by those who hate the Jewish state, home to the world’s largest Jewish community,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action and Mark Weitzman, SWC Director of Government Affairs. As Past Chair of the IHRA’s Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, Weitzman is considered the “architect” of the IHRA definition and has been called “the principal figure in shaping and introducing the definition of antisemitism in 2015.”

Weitzman concluded, “Adoption of the Definition is not the end - it means that Labour’s efforts in this regard are only just beginning, including by making every effort to ensure that antisemitism masquerading as anti-Zionism is never accepted”.

* The IHRA definition is as follows: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

For more information, please contact the Center's Communications Department, 310-553-9036. 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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