2018 News Releases

Wiesenthal Centre Commends Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay for Arrest of Hezbollah Agent
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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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)


An Exposure Based on the Wiesenthal Centre-Europe Holocaust Compensation On-Going Campaign led by SWC's Dr. Shimon Samuels - The Algemeiner op-ed


Wiesenthal Center Applauds the Criminalization of Nazi Memorabilia Sales in Argentina
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)


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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)


Wiesenthal Centre to European Broadcasting Union: “Roger Waters’ Boycott Campaign Against 2019 Eurovision in Israel Violates EBU’s Mission Statement”
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).


"Farrakhan demeans Aretha's gospel of respect" Read The HIll op-ed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman


Against Backdrop Of Dangerous Trends Of Historical Ignorance, Hatred, And Anti-Semitism, CA Assembly Speaker Rendon And Prominent LA Area Church Welcome SWC's World-Renowned Holocaust Exhibit

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

 



The Kidnapping of British Labour--JPost op-ed by Shimon Samuels


Wiesenthal Center Responds To UK Labour Party Adoption Of Anti-Semitism Definition

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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A dying tree in England: Labour Party is on verge of uprooting Jewish legitimacy, safety - Read The HIll op-ed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper


An Open Letter To Jeremy Corbyn - JPost op-ed by Shimon Samuels


Why Did Nearly 40 Percent of Norwegians Compare Israelis to Nazis? | op-ed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Manfred Gerstenfeld


Palestinian leaders are the worst enemy of ordinary Palestinians - Read op-ed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper


Wiesenthal Center Lauds FIFA Disciplinary Committee`s Ruling to Fine and Suspend Palestinian Football Association For Incitement to Hate and Violence

August 24, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded the ruling by the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA (International Federation of Football Association) to fine and suspend for 12 months Jibril Rajoub, President of the Palestinian Football Federation (PFA). Those penalties were imposed for incitement to hatred and violence under the terms of FIFA disciplinary code.    

On 9 June, Argentina was scheduled to play a friendly match with Israel in Jerusalem. The PFA generated an atmosphere to intimidate the Argentine team by publicly incinerating T-shirts and photos of football star and lead player Lionel Messi, to the point that the match was cancelled on grounds of security threats.

Shimon Samuels, the Center´s Director for International Relations recalled “the many protests to FIFA regarding Rajoub´s naming of teams, tournaments and stadiums for terrorists to glorify mass murder and the PFA`s constant campaigns to expel from FIFA the Israel Football Association”, adding, “Rajoub`s own terrorist background tamishes the `beautiful game` and requires his permanent `expulsion`, rather than `suspension` from FIFA”.

Dr. Ariel Gelblung, the Center´s Latin American Representative noted: “the 11-Point Program against Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination on Sports of the Wiesenthal Center, sponsored by the Organization of American States, the PARLATINO (Latin American Parliament) and the Buenos Aires City Municipal Council. In this spirit, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee took measures against those who use sport for a channel of hate instead of a bridge for peace that were rapid, effective but not yet final.”

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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Netanyahu Should Not Tolerate Holocaust Distortion In Lithuania - Read JPost op-ed by Dr. Efraim Zuroff


Wiesenthal Center Protests “Blood Libel” Campaign In Chile

August 23, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed outrage and alarm over the circulation of a visual showing blood dripping from the conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. The group, currently on Latin American Concert tour, is scheduled to perform next Monday in Santiago, the capital of Chile. 

The poster accuses Israel of genocide and being an apartheid state which uses culture and technology to cover up his crimes. It is being circulated by an organization that purports to represent the over 300,000 Chileans of Christian Palestinian descent –the largest Palestinian community outside of the Middle East.

“This is nothing less than a blood libel perpetrated by the Palestinian Federation of Chile which has adopted Hamas-style propaganda in demonizing the Jewish state and her supporters in the Jewish community in Chile,” said Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Latin American Representative Dr. Ariel Gelblung.

“We expressed our concerns during a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Carolina Valdivia who pointed out to us that Jews and Palestinians have lived peacefully in Chile for generations. But all parties agreed that the situation had changed with the introduction of such vile anti-Jewish hatred,” the SWC officials added.

“Against the backdrop of continuing violence in Gaza orchestrated by Hamas, the vile propaganda spread by the Palestine Federation of Chile--left unchallenged-- could lead to attacks against the Jewish community,” Cooper and Gelblung also said.

Center officials also raised the aggressive BDS campaigns on campuses that have already led to the barring of Israeli academics from the University of Chile and other institutions of higher learning. “Many Jewish students have expressed concerns about the environment of intimidation that they often confront on these campuses,” they added. Cooper (middle left) and Gelblung (far right) are pictured below with Hernán Mena, Director for Middle East and África, Chilean Foreign Affairs Ministry (far left)  and Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Carolina Valdivia (middle right).

 

“It is clear that government intervention is now necessary to stop the spread of Hamas-style anti-Semitic propaganda and hatred” Rabbi Cooper and Dr. Gelblung concluded.

The officials also met with US diplomats, the Israelí Ambassador and Jewish community leaders.

 

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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Nazi Concentration Camp Guard deported; Watch Rabbi Hier on NBC News & Germany's Deutsche Welle
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Deportation of Trawniki guard Jakiw Palij .
August 22, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomed the deportation to Germany of Trawniki guard Jakiw Palij which marked the culmination of a lengthy effort to remove him from the United States.

                  

Watch NBC Nightly News' Andrea Mitchell interiew with SWC Founder and Dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier about the significance of this case

 In a statement issued by its chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center praised the perseverance and dedication of the American authorities.

According to Zuroff:  "The United States officials involved in this case, and especially OSI Director Eli M. Rosenbaum, deserve enormous credit for their unflagging efforts to have Palij removed from the United States. A 14-year long campaign has finally been crowned with success. Trawniki guards do not deserve the privilege of living in the United States and that was finally achieved last night."

The Wiesenthal Center officials also commended US Ambassador Rick Grenell, who made the deportation of Palij a diplomatic priority, and Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas for making the decision to accept Palij. In doing so, Maas, who has said, "I went into politics because of Auschwitz" has clearly demonstrated a strong acceptance of Germany's responsibility for the genocide of Europe's Jews during World War II. 

"No pity for Nazi camp guard who is being brought to justice. He lived in freedom and had a complete life unlike the men, women, and children who were massacred"
(Watch Deutsche Welle interview here)
 



Simon Wiesenthal Center Online Terrorism and Hate Presentation Draws over 800 Activists from Across Argentina
Centro Simon Wiesenthal
Cabello 3872, PB "C" (C1425APR) - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Teléfono: (5411) 4802-1744
info@cswlatinoamerica.org

August 21, 2018

Tucumán, Argentina - In the city where Adolf Eichmann once found safe haven in the 1950s, 800 Argentinian leaders from industry, academia, trade unions, law enforcement and the media came together to learn about the growing use of social media by terrorists and extremists to market their hate and violent agendas.

The half-day conference on Digital Terrorism and Hate was convened together by Tucuman Governor, Dr. Juan Luis Manzur and Simon Wiesenthal Center Latin America, featured a power point presentation by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO. He traced the successful online marketing campaigns of ISIS terrorists that harness social media to target enemies, recruit new members and raise funds. In addition, Rabbi Cooper shared some of the extreme anti-Semitic and violent homophobic postings on social media by Argentinian extremists.

“The internet and especially social media have erased national borders and this phenomenon means that young Argentinians could be a major target by extremists, domestic and global," Rabbi Cooper noted.

Photo: Governor Manzur, Ambassador Prado and Rabbi Cooper

Rabbi Cooper and Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Latin America Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center praised Governor Manzur for his forward-thinking leadership in bringing together hundreds of leaders from all walks of life to grapple with the complex issues surrounding the abuse of social media by bigots, racists and anti-Semites.

“This conference was conceived by Governor Manzur after his visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance last Spring, accompanied by Dr. Gelblung. The outpouring of support from all sectors of the community proves that Argentine citizens are not only concerned about the forces of intolerance, they want to actively confront bigotry,” Center official added.

Dr. Gelblung led a panel of experts that focused both on the global and local challenges of digital hate.

The new US Ambassador to Argentina, Edward Prado, made his first official appearance outside of Buenos Aires. He spoke about the unique challenges posed to the US legal system by the various technologies of the Internet. Then-Judge Prado had to deal with the legal challenges posed by the Internet when he served as a Federal Judge in Texas, a post he held until appointed US Ambassador to Argentina by President Trump.

Renowned political analyst Sergio Berensztein, from Buenos Aires indicated that “today´s presentation should serve as a wake-up call to all sectors of Argentine´s society”.

Photo
: Chief Justice Lorenzetti, Sergio Berensztein, Rabbi Cooper, Dr. Manzur, Ambassador Prado and Dr. Gelblung

Finally, Chief Justice of the Argentinian Supreme Court, Dr. Ricardo Lorenzetti, presented a number of legal, moral, and social challenges that the Internet is beginning to pose to Argentine society. Referring to the fact the Tucumán was the place where Argentina´s Declaration of Independence was signed in 1816, the Chief Justice remarked “…back then the people of Tucumán successfully stopped bloodshed by telling General Belgrano and his soldiers that ‘the enemy will not pass’. We declare in Tucumán today, that online global hate will not pass!!”

Dr. Gelblung urged university students in the audience to join the Wiesenthal Center´s campaign to monitor all forms of online hate and pro-terrorist activities.

For further information, please contact 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).

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Wiesenthal Center welcomes deportation to Germany from the United States of Trawniki guard Jakob Palij
August 21, 2019

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center today welcomed the deportation to Germany of Trawniki guard Jakob Palij (pictured), which marked the culmination of a lengthy effort to remove him from the United States.

In a statement issued here today by its chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center praised the perseverance and dedication of the American authorities.

According to Zuroff:

"The United States officials involved in this case, and especially OSI Director Eli M. Rosenbaum, deserve enormous credit for their unflagging efforts to have Palij removed from the United States. A 14-year long campaign has finally been crowned with success. Trawniki guards do not deserve the privilege of living in the United States and that was finally achieved last night."

Mark Weitzman, the Center's Director of Government Affairs added, "We also want to acknowledge the persistent efforts of the New York Congressional delegation, particularly Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, in whose district Palij lived, for refusing to accept the presence of this war criminal in New York and for insisting that the Federal Government deport him."

The Wiesenthal Center officials also commended US Ambassador Rick Grenell, who made the deportation of Palij a diplomatic priority, and Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas for making the decision to accept Palij. In doing so, Maas, who has said, "I went into politics because of Auschwitz" has clearly demonstrated a strong acceptance of Germany's responsibility for the genocide of Europe's Jews during World War II.


For additional information please contact the Israel office of the Wiesenthal Center: Tel: 972-2-563-1274 or Tel: 972-50-721-4156, join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal and @EZuroff 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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SWC Reaction to Bishop’s Apology for Repeating Phony Blood Libel Against Israelis
August 20, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes, as a first step, the apology of Bishop Gayle Harris for the fictitious and scandalous reports about Israel that she presented as having personally witnessed at the recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church. “Bishop Harris’ apology is full-throated, sincere, but incomplete," reported Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Center.

Bishop Harris spoke just before a vote on a resolution critical of Israel for alleged harm to children. She told of “being there” when Israeli soldiers attempting to handcuff a three-year-old(!) Palestinian boy when his ball rolled over from atop the Temple Mount to the Kotel plaza below. She then related that she was there when a Palestinian teen addressed a question to some soldiers who then shot him six times, and four more while he was down.

The Wiesenthal Center was the first to challenge Bishop Harris and the Episcopal Church for this calumny. “Bishop Harris now admits that she was not there, but uncritically repeated what she had heard from others,” continued Rabbi Cooper. “Unfortunately, she has not yet brought herself to state that the two stories were in fact ludicrous fabrications presented to her by Palestinians that defamed the Jewish State. Will she and her Church denounce such a blood libel?”

“We hope that such a statement will soon be forthcoming,” added Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, the Center’s Director of Interfaith Affairs. “That should lead to the next step – addressing the unanswered questions. Why was she so easily duped by the purveyors of false news on the Palestinian side? How many other fabrications – about 'apartheid' Israel, about targeting of civilians, about occupation as the chief obstacle of peace, about "peaceful" protest at the Gaza border – has she and others come to believe? Why did the General Convention pass a punitive anti-Israel resolution calling for a stoppage of funds from US to Israel and demanding that - 'the Secretary of State of the United States... certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in the previous year by the United States for assistance to Israel have been used to support the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in violation of international humanitarian law.'

How should the Jewish community understand the hostility of mainline Protestant churches to Israel? How much of it should be attributed to naivete, an environment poisoned against Israel, and how much to old-fashioned, unresolved hatred of Jews?”

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