2018 News Releases

Wiesenthal Centre “People, Book, Land” Exhibition Opening at the Europaporten Church in Malmo
“Began with ‘HaTikva’ and concluded with ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’.”

"Due to the failure of the police and the judiciary to take action against the perpetrators of antisemitic hate crimes, our 'travel advisory' on Malmo will remain in place"

Malmo, Sweden, 15 November 2018

In 2010, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre had imposed its “Travel Advisory” on Malmo, in view of the constant antisemitic attacks on Jewish targets, mostly perpetrated by young Islamists.

“The advisory has remained in placed due to the lax intervention of the city’s police force,” stated Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Centre, headquartered in Los Angeles.

Malmo Rabbi Moshe David HaCohen pointed to a growing Jewish-Muslim cooperation, but also the increasing volume of drug-related crime in the city.

In an independent meeting with the Roma Information and Knowledge Centre (RIKC), the Chair, Mujo Halilovic, observed “since last contact with the Wiesenthal Centre, the situation is now worse as police attention focuses on Roma beggars from Eastern Europe as pariahs.”


The Wiesenthal Centre delegation together with Sweden-Israel Friendship Association representatives and the leadership and social workers of RICK.

Rev. Bo Sandahl, Dean of the Diocese of Lund and President of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), spoke of violence in the community, acknowledging the positive effects of the insertion programme fostered by Malmo Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt-Jammeh.

L-R: Dr. Shimon Samuels, Rev. Bo Sandahl, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Maria Halkiewicz (Chairperson of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association) and Alex Uberti of the SWC-Europe, meeting at the Swedish Church Diocese in Lund, Sweden

At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Rabbi Cooper advised municipality officials present, that the travel advisory would be removed only when there would be hard evidence, following antisemitic attacks, of the police willing and equipped to make arrests and have the perpetrators arraigned.”

He added his gratitude to the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association, which organized the event, attended by over 400 visitors.

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, spoke of the exhibition as a memorial to the late Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Per Ahlmark - an undefatigable champion against antisemitism and for human rights.


Rabbi Cooper (L) and Shimon Samuels (R), addressing a heterogeneous public at the Europaporten

Samuels traced examples of a thread of human rights, a code of ethics that runs through “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land.”

The speakers recalled the assault by NMR neo-Nazis, on this exhibition during its display at the Almedalen Festival in Visby. Once again, these Christian righteous showed courage in defending the exhibition.

The proceedings began with the Hymn of Hope “HaTikva” and concluded with “Next Year in Jerusalem.”

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).


Wiesenthal Center Welcomes K-Pop Group’s Apology For Incidents Offensive To Jewish And Japanese Victims Of WWII
November 13, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today welcomed an apology from Korean pop group BTS’ management for incidents—a band member wearing a hat emblazoned with the Nazi SS “Totenkopf” emblem, another member wearing a t-shirt with pictures of the WWII atomic bombs, and the band performing in costumes resembling SS uniforms and flying Nazi-like flags—offensive to both Jewish victims of the Holocaust and Japanese victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Center had called on the group and its backers to apologize.
The BTS management issued a statement of apology Tuesday morning via social media and also announced that they would personally be in touch with the Wiesenthal Center.

“The outrageous incidents reveal a basic lack of knowledge of history's darkest chapters that endangers the future of younger generations,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action.

“We are reaching out to BTS and their management to urge that they harness their international fame to celebrate the good not serve the forces of evil,” Cooper concluded.

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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Wiesenthal Centre to Montevideo Mayor: “As Latin American President of UNESCO-Affiliated Anti-Racist Organization you have Honoured a Much Reported Racist”
Paris and Buenos Aires, 12 November

In a letter to Montevideo Mayor and Uruguayan Presidential Candidate, Daniel Martinez, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and its Latin-American Representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, expressed outrage at the city’s “Honoured Guest Award” to Roger Waters - an activist for the antisemitic BDS campaign.

Samuels and Gelblung recalled their meeting with Martinez in Cordoba, Argentina, where he was President of the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities Against Racism (LAC), “where we discussed cooperation on our 'Racism in Sport' campaign, under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and UNESCO.”

Roger Waters' pig balloon in 2018 (pictured left) and the letter continued: “Mr. Mayor, little did we envisage that you, as a champion of anti-racism - especially as a candidate in the elections for President of Uruguay - could bestow the 'Montevideo Honoured Guest Award' upon a much reported racist.”


The letter pointed out that Waters “has decorated concerts with a stylized inflatable pig balloon carrying the Star of David, the emblem of Judaism, based on the medieval 'Juden Sau' (Jew pig) icon,” ... adding, “Waters arguably abuses music to broadcast his call for BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against the Jewish State, based upon the Nazi German boycott of Jewish shops.”

(Photo) "Judensau" depiction of 1470

The Centre officials noted that “Waters’ presence in Montevideo coincided with the 80th anniversary week of 'Kristallnacht' (Night of Broken Glass), Hitler’s pogrom that torched 1,500 synagogues across the Reich and brought the arrest and deportation of 30,000 Jews, the precursor of the Holocaust, ... adding, “his presence in Montevideo was arguably a stain on your city, apparently soiled even further by the award you have granted.”

The Centre continued, “Our Centre’s membership, including in Latin America, calls on you to publicly withdraw this award and denounce Waters.”

“Mr. Mayor, we are certain that you, as a proclaimed anti-racist and a possible President of Uruguay, will not wish to be associated with accusations of antisemitism and will apologize to the Jewish people for this outrage,” concluded Samuels and Gelblung.

The letter was shared with ECCAR President Benedetto Zacchiroli, OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

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).

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From Evian to Kristallnacht to the Holocaust

“The Dominican Republic and Sosúa were one of the few lights in the darkness...
It offsets the shameful behaviour of Cuba in refusing to accept its own entry visas issued by their Consuls to Jews...
These are lessons for immigration policies of today...”

Geneva and Evian-les-Bains, 9 November 2018

In 1938, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called for a conference on the fate of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, to be held at the League of Nations in Geneva, the City of Diplomacy.

Switzerland refused to host the meeting on grounds of its policy of neutrality. It was thus moved across the lake to the French spa resort of Evian-les-Bains.

Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Paris, Shimon Samuels, argued: “Evian was the green light given to Hitler to commit genocide.”

The inauguration of a plaque on Friday, "Kristallnacht", at Evian, presents the conference of 1938 as “a lesson for the entire world.”

Samuels highlighted "the Dominican Republic’s offer to take 100,000 Jewish refugees, if bachelors and farmers. There were not many Jewish farmers in Germany, but some 5,000 were sent by boat to the Caribbean island. There they built a small town, Sosúa. Jews still live there and two were present in Evian [at the plaque ceremony] on Friday." (from the Swiss newspaper, Le Temps: <https://www.letemps.ch/monde/illuminer-synagogues-mieux-conjurer-lobscurantisme>)

Together with Hugh Elihu Baver, father of the Sosúa/Evian Campaign, and the manager of the Hotel Royal, Marc Figueiredo, which hosted the 1938 conference in Evian, Samuels had called a press conference at the United Nations press centre in Geneva, to mark the 80th anniversaries of the Evian Conference and today’s commemoration of “Kristallnacht” (the Night of Broken Glass), when 1,500 synagogues were torched, thousands of Jewish stores were looted as their windows were smashed, and 30,000 Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps across Germany and Austria.

The plaque was placed in the hotel’s ballroom, the same hall where 31 delegations explained why they could not take Jews.

As the only voice that offered asylum in 1938 - at the afternoon event denoted by Samuels as “Evian II” - the Dominican Republic Embassy representative, Gabriela Santoni, today presented her President’s commitment to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for Sosúa, as had been proposed by Samuels, who first visited and reported on the Jewish village in 1971.

“Sosúa was one of the few lights in the darkness of the oncoming Holocaust. It offsets the shameful behaviour of nearby Cuba, which refused to honour its own entry visas for over 700 Jewish sea passengers who arrived to Havana on the SS St. Louis. The boat was forced to return to Germany. Passing Caribbean islands, Central America, Canada and the United States, all refused them salvation. The captain arranged that Britain, France, the Netherlands and Belgium take under 200 each. Only those who reached Britain survived the war,” recounted Samuels.

“While Geneva and Evian were direct precursors to the Holocaust, the Dominican Republic and the Jewish role in developing industries in Sosúa as a proud contribution to its host country, provide lessons for immigration policies of refugees today,” he concluded.

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).


Popular Korean Band Whose Japan Performance Was Cancelled For T-Shirt Mocking A-Bomb Victims, Once Posed With Nazi SS Death Head Symbols, Flew Nazi-Like Flags At Concert
November 11, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced BTS, an internationally popular Korean band whose live performance on Japan TV was cancelled.

“Wearing a T-shirt in Japan mocking the victims of the Nagasaki A-bomb, is just the latest incident of this band mocking the past,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper. Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.

Members of the band posed for a photo shoot wearing hats with the Nazi SS Death Head logo. The SS was a key component of the Nazi mass murder of 6 million Jews during the WWII Holocaust. “Flags appearing on stage at their concert were eerily similar to the Nazi Swastika. It goes without saying that this group, which was invited to speak at the UN, owes the people of Japan and the victims of the Nazism an apology.”

“But that is not enough. It is clear that those designing and promoting this group’s career are too comfortable with denigrating the memory of the past. The result is that on young generations in Korea and around the world are more likely to identify bigotry and intolerance as being ‘cool’ and help erase the lessons of history. The management of this group, not only the front performers, should publicly apologize,” Rabbi Cooper added.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/world/asia/bts-kpop-japan-cancel.html

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).



The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has Urged the Sponsors of the Roger Waters Latin American Tour to Remove Their Support
Buenos Aires, 11 November 2018

In a letter addressed to Entel, Cencosud, Grupo Aval, Bac Credomatic y Citibanamex, Drs. Shimon Samuels and Ariel Gelblung, Director for International Relations and Latin American Representative respectively, urged the tour sponsors to follow American Express, in withdrawing, due to Waters' use of his shows to sow a message of hatred and discrimination and to promote a programme - rendered illegitimate in numerous international jurisdictions - Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions that emulates the behavior of the Nazis in their campaign "Do not buy from the Jews"

This is especially ironic, as this week the world remembers the 80th anniversary of "Kristallnacht" (the Night of Broken Glass) based on an anti-Jewish boycott that led to the Holocaust.

They concluded: "We urge you to demonstrate your disgust for the abuse of music to spread bigotry across Latin America. Withdraw your support and sponsorship of Roger Waters in order not be associated with financiers of hate and potential violence."

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).


Wiesenthal Centre at the European Parliament
Brussels, 8 November 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre - Europe partnered with 18 other organizations, led by the European Jewish Association, to discuss the status of Jerusalem and of antisemitism, over two days at the European Parliament.


Attended by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), politicians, multifaith clergy, media and academics, the sessions focussed on setting “red lines” for candidates and parties in the run-up to the 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, spoke of “I.D. Theft of the Jewish Narrative as a Form of Antisemitism” with a power-point on antisemitica on the shelves of book fairs in six Arab countries and at the Frankfurt book fair...

"...We recalled that during a previous presentation at the European Parliament, a British MP present - close to then Prime Minister David Cameron - forwarded to Cameron examples of the Wiesenthal Centre’s findings of Islamist texts translated into English, French, Spanish and German. These were aimed at high schools in Europe with a high density of Arab-origin students. A few weeks later, Cameron responded, he had them banned,” stated Samuels.

The Centre also informed the Parliament of its 80th anniversary programme on the 1938 Evian conference on Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. There and then, 31 delegates explained why their countries would not accept Jews. The only member-state of the League of Nations, among the 32 present, which offered to take up to 100,000 was the Dominican Republic.

In Evian, the world’s answer to U.S. President Roosevelt’s call for a solution was a green light to Hitler, to exterminate 6 million Jews in the Holocaust...

“Remembering and studying these events allows us to draw lessons for contemporary refugee challenges,” 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).


Anti-Semitism 80 Years After Kristallnacht
Simon Wiesenthal Center
80th anniversary of Kristallnacht-Night of Broken Glass
November 9, 2018

Today, marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass in Nazi Germany on November 9/10, 1938, the beginning of the end for European Jewry. It comes as we still mourn the murder of 11 American Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue and a spate of anti-Semitic attacks targeting Jews on both sides of the Atlantic. It comes as Nazis and Holocaust deniers vied for seats in Congress.

Photo: Germany, November 1938

After the Pittsburgh massacre, SWC Founder and Dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier told The New York Times, "We may be at the beginning of what happened to Europe, the consistent anti-Semitic attacks. If it is not nipped in the bud ... I am afraid the worst is yet to come.”

A newly commissioned Simon Wiesenthal Center poll of nearly 2,000 registered voters taken before the mass murder in Pittsburgh found that more than 70 percent of the survey’s American Jewish respondents believe anti-Semitism is on the rise.

Rabbi Hier and SWC Associate Dean and Director, Global Social Action Agenda, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, cautioned in an op-ed in Washington's influential newspaper, The Hill, "Extremists from the alt-Right and from Antifa on the Left” must be taken on and "If we fail to take on the bullies and extremists, we may be at the beginning of what has happened to Europe".

Photo: Irvine, October 2018

The SWC convened bi-partisan press conferences in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with Democrats and Republicans, law enforcement, Christian clergy and Muslim leaders to push back against anti-Semitism. And, will do more.

Every day we educate tens of thousands of students about the dangers of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust at the Museum of Tolerance and in schools around the country.

The SWC's traveling exhibition chronicling the events of the Holocaust, The Courage to Remember, has been in venues around the world where it has been seen by millions of people who have never been exposed to the Shoah.

Films from the SWC's Academy Award®-winning Moriah Films can be seen on Netflix and other streaming platforms, and have introduced new generations to the lessons of the Holocaust.

The SWC continues to monitor and fight back against anti-Semitic incidents in hot spots across the world: Germany, France, Spain, Austria, The Netherlands and the US and continues to leverage its relationships with political, diplomatic and religious leaders on three continents, as well at at the UN, to ensure the safety of all Jews.

Please support our work during these challenging and difficult times…..



Wiesenthal Center Calls on Roger Water´s Latin American Hosts to Denounce His Abuse of their Hospitality and His Message of Hate
Centro Simon Wiesenthal
Cabello 3872, PB "C" (C1425APR) - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Teléfono: (5411) 4802-1744
info@cswlatinoamerica.org

Buenos Aires, 9 November 2018

Medieval anti-Semites used an iconography that featured a Jewish pig or Judensau to humiliate and dehumanize Jews. Using this symbol treated with the technology of the 21st Century, Waters contributes to the arrasy of anti-Semitic hatred...
"Waters apparently uses music as a vector for bigotry among the young... He violates the freedom of other musicians who want to play in Israel and promotes a movement to deny the right of self-determination of only one people and supports those who wish to destroy the State of Israel," claimed Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representative of the Wiesenthal Center for Latin America, continuing, "The true artist should use his gifts to inspire improvements to humanity and not generate violence. Using a pig to identify the Jewish people to dehumanize, eventually justifies its isolation from the human race and its eventual destruction."

"Waters came to Uruguay and Argentina to promote BDS - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions - declared illegitimate in a growing number of European jurisdictions as based on the attacks in Nazi Germany on Jewish shops and enterprises to the cries of "Kaufen nicht bei Juden" (No Buying from Jews). The timing of his hatefest tour led up to today's 80th anniversary of "Kristallnacht" (the Night of Broken Glass). Across Germany and Austria, 1,500 synagogues were torched and 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps." ... "Waters, reportedly frequents terrorist groups banned in his own country, and should be treated persona non grata in all democratic countries," argued Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre's Director for International Relations.
The Center's officials called on Water´s Latin American hosts to denounce his abuse of their hospitality and his message of hate

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

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Buenos Aires, 9 de noviembre de 2018

El Centro Wiesenthal Insta a los Anfitriones Latinoamericanos a Repudiar el Mensaje de Odio de Roger Waters Haciendo Abuso de la Hospitalidad Brindada

"Los antisemitas medievales utilizaban una iconografía para humillar y deshumanizar a los judíos, que los mostraba como una cerda judía o Judensau. Al usar este mismo símbolo, aunque aggiornado con tecnología del siglo XXI, Waters contribuye a instigar una avalancha de odio antisemita ...

Waters aparentemente usa la música como pretexto para fomentar el fanatismo entre los jóvenes ... Viola la libertad de elecciòn de otros músicos que desean tocar en Israel y promueve un movimiento para denegar el derecho a la autodeterminación de un único pueblo, el judío, y apoya a aquellos que buscan destruir el Estado de Israel", afirmó el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante del Centro Wiesenthal para América Latina. Continuó diciendo:" Un verdadero artista deberìa usar sus dones para contribuir con la Humanidad y no para generar violencia. Usar un cerdo con el mensaje explícito "Mantente Humano" para identificarlo con el judío y deshumanizarlo, es el primer paso para aislarlo de dicho género y luego destruirlo"

"Waters vino a promover el movimiento de Boicot, Desinversión y Sanciones -tanto en Uruguay como en Argentina. Este movimiento ha sido declarado ilegìtimo en un número creciente de jurisdicciones europeas, por considerarlo basado en los ataques perpetrados en la Alemania Nazi a tiendas y empresas judías bajo el grito de " Kaufen nicht bei Juden "( No compren a los judíos). No es casual que su festiva gira de odio coincida con el 80º aniversario de la cínicamente llamada "Kristallnacht" (Noche de los Cristales Rotos). Aquella noche, todo a lo largo de Alemania y de Austria, 1.500 sinagogas fueron incendiadas y 30.000 judíos enviados a campos de concentración ... Waters, quien presuntamente frecuenta a grupos terroristas prohibidos en su propio país, debería ser tratado como persona non grata en todos los países que se consideran democráticos y no ser declarado Visitante Ilustre", concluyó el Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro.

(Foto: Cerdo Exhibido por Waters en sus Shows)

Los funcionarios del Centro instan a los anfitriones latinoamericanos de Waters a que repudien su mensaje de odio abusando de la hospitalidad por ellos brindada.

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 Reassured that President Macron Will Not Honour Vichy Collaborationist Philippe Pétain at World War One Victory Celebrations
Paris, 9 November 2018

The Wiesenthal Centre, through its partner, the French National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA), expressed “its alarm at President Macron’s apparent inclusion, among the World War I Marshals of France, of Philippe Pétain, the Nazi collaborator and antisemite, responsible for the deportation of the Jews under Vichy in World War II.”

The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, recalled that “President François Mitterrand expressed his intent to lay a wreath with American and British leaders in 1994 at the German cemetery of La Cambe in Normandy on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. The Wiesenthal Centre exposed the fact that among the graves were the SS responsible for the atrocity massacre of 642 men, women and children in Oradour-sur-Glane, as Nazi retaliation against the French Resistance. Mitterrand cancelled the event.”

Samuels continued, “At the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bahrain last July, France and Belgium presented as candidate sites over 130 World War I cemeteries. We had identified at least two as having graveyards expanded for World War II combatants, one apparently including war criminals, the other a contemporary international shrine for visiting neo-Nazis...”

The French Ambassador to UNESCO requested the Wiesenthal Centre to assist in further identifying such cases before re-submitting the sites for consideration. The French argument was for “reconciliating between enemies in World War I, but not in World War II.”

“This ‘Pétain crisis’ is just such a factor: his role as a military Marshall in WWI, but his war crimes in WWII, for which he was sentenced, disgraced and jailed,” claimed the Centre.

Samuels argued that, “Pétain should have been stripped of all his WWI honours. He should be reviled as a traitor to France... The Elysée has now untied the Gordian Knot - ‘only the Marshals buried at the Invalides will be honoured. Pétain is not buried at the Invalides’.”

A Jewish officer, Dreyfus, was famously stripped of all his medals and honours at the Military School in Paris - Pétain deserved much more. His WWII record obliterates his WWI “glories”... “To act otherwise is a gift to both extreme right and extreme left. The Elysée seems to have got the point,” concluded Samuels.

For further information, contact Shimon Samuels on +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).


Wiesenthal Center Welcomes Prosecution Of Stutthof Guard Which Will Open In The German City Of Muenster Tomorrow

 November 5, 2018 

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes the opening tomorrow of the trial of Stutthof guard Johann Rehbogen in the German city of Muenster. In a statement issued here today by its chief Nazi-hunter Dr.Efraim Zuroff, the Center emphasized the importance of such trials even at this late date.

According to Zuroff:

"The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of Holocaust perpetrators and old age should not afford protection to those who committed such heinous crimes."

The Wiesenthal Center assisted the preparations for this case by locating approximately 20 survivors of Stutthof, almost all of whom are currently residing in Israel.

For additional information please contact the Israel Office of the Wiesenthal Center:

Tel: 972-2-563-1274 or Tel: 972-50-721-4156 www.operationlastchance.org www.wiesenthal.com

Follow us on Twitter: @EZuroff



SWC, NY and NJ Elected Officials and Interfaith Clergy Leadership Stand Together Against Hatred Following Pittsburgh Shooting
Elected Officials Introduce New Legislation to Protect Houses of Worship
L-R - Realf Shermer Office of NJ Assembly Member and Speaker Pro Tempore Gordon Johnson, Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor - Senior Pastor, Center of Hope International/Founder, Urban Upbound – Mobilizing Pastors and Communities, Rabbi Marc Volk Executive Director National Council of Young Israel, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda (at microphone), NYS Assembly Member Walter Mosley, NYS Assembly Member David Weprin

November 1, 2018

Today the Simon Wiesenthal Center joined with NYS Assembly Member Walter Mosley and NJ Assembly Member Gordon Johnson announcing the introduction of legislation in their respective states to strengthen penalties against those who attack houses of worship.
L-R - Bishop Taylor, Rabbi Cooper, Rabbi Volk, Assembly Member Shermer (at the microphone), Assembly Member Johnson, Assembly Member Mosley, Assembly Member Weprin and Mohammad Razvi, Executive Director, Council of Peoples Organizations

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda, and Michael Cohen, SWC Eastern Director, were joined by NYS Assembly Member David Weprin and a prestigious array of multi-faith clergy leadership including Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Senior Pastor, Center of Hope International, Mohammad Razvi, Executive Director, Council of Peoples Organizations and Rabbi Marc Volk, Executive Director, National Council of Young Israel in both expressing joint condemnation of the horrific attack in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue and standing up to make sure that concrete and immediate actions are taken to protect families of all faiths in their sacred houses of worship.

L-R - Rabbi  Cooper, Rabbi Volk, Assembly Member Mosley, Realf Shermer, Assembly Member Johnson, Michael Cohen and Bishop Taylor

The proposed legislation additionally calls for those convicted of murder in religious intuitions to have each aspect or count that they are convicted of only run consecutively and never concurrently to ensure that the maximum length of sentences for those who perpetrate such heinous crimes.

L-R - Michael Cohen, Assembly Member Mosley and Bishop Taylor

L-R - Rabbi Cooper, Assembly Member Mosley (at the microphone), Assembly Member Weprin and Mohammad Razvi

The Simon Wiesenthal Center continues to deeply mourn those who were lost, and is committed to taking such immediate actions to fight back against the hate, anti-Semitism and intolerance that leads to such unspeakable acts.

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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Wiesenthal Centre - Europe Invited by Azerbaijan to Participate in Baku International Humanitarian Forum
Baku, Azerbaijan, 1 November 2018


Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, and Advisor to the Director-General of UNESCO, Dr. Graciela Vaserman Samuels, were invited by H.E. Rahman Mustafayev, Azerbaijan Ambassador to France, as part of a French delegation, to attend the Sixth Baku International Forum entitled "Shaping a New World and a New Humanity: Creativity and Human Development."

"The interfaith work of the Wiesenthal Centre is universally known in Azerbaijan, due to the pathbreaking activities of its Director for Global Social Action, my colleague Rabbi Abraham Cooper," noted Samuels.

"Thus," he continued, "in conversations at the Forum with the Azerbaijan Culture Minister, the Head of the Mountain Jewish Community, the Deputy Director of UNESCO, Council of Europe expert on cultural heritage and the Azerbaijan Ambassador to UNESCO, the idea emerged to propose the unique Jewish village of Qırmızı Qəsəbə, some 100 miles from Baku, for World Heritage status." (Refurbished synagogue pictured right).

This would follow the Centre’s campaign for such acknowledgement of MoisesVille in Argentina and Sosua in the Dominican Republic.

"In each case, at different periods in history, these villages represented the welcome of the home country to fugitives fleeing persecution, their successful absorption and pride in their host country - each providing lessons for contemporary migrants and refugees," he explained.

"The proposal is pending further discussion in the community, the Azerbaijani Government and UNESCO. Its success would underline and manifest the example of a Muslim country’s dedication to inter-faith and multicultural harmony, as also a close friend of Israel," concluded the Centre.


 

Among the dignitaries who attended the Forum with SWC representatives Shimon Samuels and Graciela Vaserman Samuels (pictured left and center) were: (a) Milikh Yevdayev, Head of the Community of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan;  (b) Qu Xing, Deputy Director of UNESCO; (c) Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijan Minister of Culture; and (e) Robert Palmer, former Director of Cultural Heritage at the Council of Europe.


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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 Condemns Synagogue Desecration in Irvine, CA
The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns the desecration of the Beth Jacob Synagogue in Irvine, California, just days after the horrific attack in Pittsburgh which left 11 dead.

"Following in the footsteps of the great tragedy that occurred in Pittsburgh, this is another indication that the haters and bigots among us have infected our country,”
said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center Founder and Dean.

"Only a sick person and hater would have the nerve to paint a swastika on a synagogue days after the tragedy in Pittsburgh,” he added.

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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Wiesenthal Centre at Moscow Conference “Protecting Future: Combatting Antisemitism, Xenophobia and Racism”
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, as opening Moderator and Presenter

Moscow, 28-30 October 2018

"First my thanks to Russian Jewish Congress President, Mr.Yuri Kanner and his team, for organizing this 2nd Moscow Conference “Protecting Future: Combating Antisemitism, Xenophobia and Racism”. It is a great honour to serve as co-moderator of this Opening Session and to introduce the international speakers."



"Today is marked by the shadow of the Pittsburgh antisemitic attack. That atrocity must not disappear as one more among the many signposts along the Avenue of hate. We are currently marking another Avenue: from the 80th anniversary of the Evian Conference on Jewish refugees until, next week, 'Kristallnacht' - both precursors to the Holocaust."

"But commemoration is not enough. We must learn the lessons. In the 1930s, we were powerless, but only three years after the Shoah, was miraculously reborn the Jewish State. We had returned to history, geography and sovereignty."

"Ironically, 'Jewish power' is even more vital today, in support of the Jewish State."


Shimon Samuels with Senator Valentina Matviyenko, Chair of the Russian Federation Council (Senate) discussing the display of the Centre’s exhibition “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land” in the Russian Duma.

"Each of us can recount our successes and also our failures. I will expand with examples in my presentation tomorrow. I believe that the time has come to establish a small international task-force to share best practices, why they succeeded and where they failed."

"This should produce tactical guidelines both proactive and reactive. Just as the Lord brought us out of Egypt 'B’YAD CHAZAKA' (a clenched fist) and 'BEZROA NETUYA' (an outstretched arm), today in the parlance of diplomacy: 'the carrot and the stick!' We must be political with a small 'p' and thus set our compass to 'bipartisan' in a world growingly polarized."

"We should include, what I would call 'today’s Righteous Gentiles,' and we must learn from our enemies the adoption of 'transectonality'."

"Such a 'Best Practice Taskforce' would seek to set a new agenda, to re-establish the role of the Jewish people from 'Am Levadad Yishkon' (A people that dwells alone) to 'Or LaGoyim' (A light among the Nations). We are ready to discuss this initiative with appropriate partners."

"I now have the honour to introduce H.E. Gary Koren, Ambassador of Israel to the Russian Federation; Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO; Julius Meinl, World Jewish Congress Commissioner for Combatting Antisemitism; Rabbi Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia; Jean-Pierre Chevenement, Special Representative of the French Government for Relations with Russia. Thank you."
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In the final Plenary Session, entitled “Antisemitism, Xenophobia and Racism: Modern Challenges and Threats,” Samuels made a power-point presentation on “The Theft of Jewish Identity: the Ultimate Antisemitism”



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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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Words alone won’t stop hatred and deaths - Read SWC's "The Hill" op-ed
Simon Wiesenthal Center
“Hopes lives when people remember” - Simon Wiesenthal
Words alone won’t stop hatred and deaths
By Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper

In the desperate days of April 1945, tortured and emaciated inmates from virtually every Nazi-occupied nation clung to life at Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, wondering if they would be shot or starved to death before liberation. They secretly sewed a flag to give to American soldiers who, they prayed, might save them. On May 5, their prayers were answered, and a unique American flag was presented to U.S. Army Col. Richard Seibel of Defiance, Ohio. He flew that flag for a month over the liberated camp.

Today, we will lead 150 Jews from around the world to pay homage to one Mauthausen inmate, Simon Wiesenthal, and unveil a plaque that quotes him: “Hopes lives when people remember.”

Photo: Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper led a delegation of 150 Jewish leaders from 6 countries to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp where they sang the memorial prayer next to a new plaque honoring Simon Wiesenthal who was liberated by American soldier on May 5, 1945. Mr. Wiesenthal’s infamous quote, “Hope Lives When People Remember, is etched into the plaque.
Photo: Cohava Frankel

Our ceremony occurs just a day after a domestic terrorist attacked a different ceremony welcoming another child into the Jewish faith. Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue was turned into a charnel house by a white supremacist who murdered 11 worshippers and wounded six people. He transformed anti-Semitic social media rants and fantasies into a horrific reality, shouting “all Jews must die” as he was arrested.

From David Franks, an 18th-century merchant who established the trail linking Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, to polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, Jews have made Pittsburgh a better place by cultivating their “Tree of Life” — in Hebrew, “Etz Hayim.” It has been nurtured by successive generations.

Now the city’s Jewish community will begin to heal from Saturday’s massacre, helped by supportive words and deeds of decent people everywhere. But what about our nation as a whole?

For the “Tree of Life” that is America to persevere and flourish, we must shout “Never again!” to organized hatreds, incubated by the internet. We must take on the extremists from the alt-Right and from Antifa on the Left; we must struggle to debate ideas and policies, not demonize our neighbors. If we fail to take on the bullies and extremists, we may be at the beginning of what has happened to Europe. If violent hate crimes are not stopped, we fear that “the worst is yet to come.”

President Trump’s statement in Indianapolis condemning the anti-Semitic attacks is certainly welcome. The president condemned the synagogue attack as “pure evil,” observing: “It’s a terrible, terrible thing, what’s going on with hate in our country and, frankly, all over the world, and something has to be done.”

Yet, he must go beyond words, however heartfelt.

We urge the president to convene immediately an emergency meeting of religious and moral leaders to help stop America’s slide into polarizing divisions, hatreds and political extremism. In the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., martyred 50 years ago, faith leaders should convene at the White House and take the lead to bring our beloved nation back from the brink. Whatever the initial skepticism, the president must find ways to overcome it.

A poll to be released in a few days by the Simon Wiesenthal Center will show that a plurality of Americans believes “a new civil war” rupturing our nation is a real possibility. Our challenge to is come together to ensure that we awaken before our worst forebodings come to fruition.

The “Mauthausen” American flag was donated by the late Col. Seibel to our Museum of Tolerance. It had 13 stripes, symbolizing the original 13 colonies — but none of the camp’s inmates knew how many states there were at that time, so they sewed 56 stars. “Clearly,” Seibel once told us, “those tottering between life and death were sustained by what our flag stood for — everything the Nazis had stolen from them and wanted to take from the rest of us. Those ‘Stars and Stripes’ were all about America’s potential.”

Will we and our leaders, Democrat and Republican, earn our stripes in defense of our values — or will we cower before evil-doers who want to destroy this blessed nation?

The Pittsburgh massacre is the latest tragic challenge to all Americans. We must take heart from Simon Wiesenthal’s courage and from Richard Seibel’s wisdom, to prevent more such evil.

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*Rabbi Marvin Hier is founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization named for the famed Nazi hunter and Holocaust survivor.

**Rabbi Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the center and director of its Global Social Action programs.


SWC Expresses Horror at Synagogue Shootings; Calls on President Trump To Help Stop Extremism in America
October 27, 2018

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of today’s shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We are sickened by this horrific attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Jewish neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the dead and injured as well as the rest of the congregation and Jewish community.

“We urge President Trump to immediately convene an emergency meeting of religious leaders to help stop the slide to extremism in American Society,“ said Rabbi Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action said in a statement released Saturday night in Austria, Vienna.

“Americans need and want leadership from both sides of the political aisle to stop the continuous slide to the brink. The President should also immediately convene a cross section of faith leaders to help turn the tide against hate and extremism.

"This Wednesday the SWC will release a national poll that shows a plurality of Americans believe the US is headed to a Civil War,”
the rabbis concluded.

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Wiesenthal Centre to King Abdallah of Jordan: “Reject Palestinian Breach of Faith Stratagem Aimed to Tarnish Jordan”
Paris, 25 October 2018

In a letter to King Abdullah of Jordan, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, denounced, “demands by Fatah-affiliated officials for the King to coordinate with the Palestinian President, to oblige Israel to implement a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem.”

“Your Majesty, we recall your hospitality to our Centre’s delegation in Amman, just as granted to us by your late father, King Hussein (R.I.P.), to celebrate the signing of peace between the Hashemite Kingdom and the State of Israel,” noted Samuels, continuing, “In your capacity as ‘Custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian holy sites’, we value your recognition of the city’s sanctity to all three monotheistic religions, especially Judaism. This is also the position of Israel.”

The Centre added: “You are, of course, aware that one of your petitioners, Hassan Issa, Secretary General of a Muslim-Christian Committee, is well-known for his antisemitic campaigns to ‘de-Judaize’ the Holy City, to the point of denying Jewish affinity to the Western Wall... ."

“Issa claims that the latest UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem, two weeks ago in Paris, ‘reaffirmed that ‘legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem... are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith'.”

Samuels argued: “Your Majesty - following the goodwill depoliticization lead of UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay - Jordan, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a consensus in the cause of the said Executive Board resolution. Indeed, I was present in the Chamber and witnessed that the resolution was not submitted to a vote and was ensconced in a non-binding, non-referential Annex.”

The Palestinian initiative is no more than a mischievous breach of faith to undermine the Director-General and trap Your Majesty in a stratagem to tarnish the good faith of Jordan... Our Centre urges Your Majesty to resist this provocation and consign their demand to oblivion,” concluded Samuels.

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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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Group slams Nazi running for Illinois congressional seat as a Republican: 'This is a person that nobody should vote for'--SWC in the Chicago Tribune


The 16th Year of Wiesenthal Centre Chasing Hate from the Frankfurt Book Fair
“Worst Offender Award 2018” goes to Malaysia; “Runner-Up” to Iran.

Frankfurt, 14 October 2018

For the 16th year, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the only non-governmental organization to monitor incitement to hate and violence on the display stands of the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF).

With over 7,400 exhibitors from 150 countries and over 300,000 visitors, it is dubbed “the Olympics of Book Fairs.”

Director Jurgen Boos opened this 70th anniversaries of the Fair, as also of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, drafted by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, by stating: “Where verbal abuse starts, aggression follows.”

European Union Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherini, recalled how in Germany and Italy: “when books were burned, Jewish writers were burned.”

















Shimon Samuels with Frankfurt Book Fair Director, Jurgen Boos

“We monitor over 300 stands known for antisemitic titles year after year. We denounce delinquent publishers to the Frankfurt authorities as a violation of their contractual obligations to the Fair that prohibit incitement,” explained Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Centre’s Director for International Relations.

The Fair makes its own prior sweep, but requires the Centre’s experience and professional exposure, in the hope that the Fair will, one day, be hate-free,” continued Samuels.



Stand 4.0-B74 - Malaysia

1) Dr. M: What is of Interest to Young People?” by Chedet Mat Rodi (publisher: Nubook Press, Selangor, Malaysia, 2016)
A lengthy interview of 93 year old Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, the only government leader who unshamedly admits to being an antisemite. In a chapter entitled “Condemning Israel’s Cruelty to Palestine,” he is quoted from an October 16, 2003 speech to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit of 57 Islamic countries, “...the Jews had been crippled 2,000 years ago. Each year they were killed by European Christians who regard Jews as traitors who led Jesus to be crucified.”
He likewise declared, ",,,today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them."

2) “Gaza - The First Moments of Palestinian Occupation,” by IF Moses (publisher: Iman Publications, Selangor, Malaysia, 2018)
“Gaza and 15 siblings live happily in Palestine - fishing, trading bread and under the Ottoman rule building the Hejaz Railway, a railway project from Istanbul to Medina to ease the journey for pilgrims.”
“While they live happily, there are evil tricks being planned by Israel and Theodor Herzl to conquer Palestine.”
“And who would have thought, not only Israel and Herzl had an evil plan. There are also enemies among ourselves trying to bring down the Islamic caliphate at that time. But who? And why?” (excerpts from back cover)

Stand 5.0-B132 Association of Islamic Revolution Publishers, Iran

3) “From Gaza to Jerusalem: Islamic Resistance in Palestine,” (Barham Didemum Publishing, 2017)
“The issue of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] in the last century has been the most important issue in the Muslim world... the top priority for our country... to release the Palestinian people from the clutches of Zionism... the Islamic resistance (Hezbollah) of Lebanon, the divine movement has expanded into occupied Palestine and the final solution to the Al-Quds issue... this collection comes from the centre of Islamic resistance to the Israeli invasion of Gaza.”

4) Ayatollah Khamenei on Palestine” (4th edition, Tehran)
The Iranian Supreme Leader presents methods and tactics to annihilate Israel. Its introduction is by Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iranian Minister of Defence, sought by INTERPOL for complicity in the 1994 AMIA Jewish Centre bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, leaving 85 dead and 300 wounded.

5) “Israeli Sadism - 50 Retaliations against the Fake Zionist Regime in Gaza”, by Asadollah Afshar (publisher: Safir Ardehal, Iran, 2014)
“...the history of the invasion and Zionist occupation of Palestine ... the news of the victory of the oppressed people of Gaza and its resistance movement...”

Stand 5.1-D133 - Arab Publisher’s Association, Egypt

6) Poster of “Jerusalem Eternal Capital of Palestine,”
portraying the Temple Mount, thus impugning Egypt’s role in the Middle East peace process.

Stand 5.1-132 - Al-Ahram, Egypt

7) “Christian Zionism and the End of Man,” by Mohamed Amara Taqi Eddin (publisher: Al Ahram, Cairo)
”Christian Zionism defends Israel more than the Zionist Jews. Salvation cannot be achieved without helping the Jews settle in Palestine, and ending the existence of the Palestinians by murdering or expelling them, to pave way to build the temple. The book explains how the [Christian Zionist] movement... transformed Christianity from a peace-loving and forgiving message to an ideology of murder, destruction and revenge.” (excerpts from back cover)

Stand 5.1-A142 - Al Awam, Syria

8) “Out of the Frame - The struggle for Academic Oppression in Israel," by Ilan Pappe (translated by Maha Hassan Bahbouh, publisher: Dar Cadmus, Syria, 2018)
This study by Israeli post-Zionist historian, Ilan Pappe, is perfectly legitimate with no apparent intent to incite. An Arabic translation, however, published in Syria, might be argued to harden anti-Jewish stereotypes among some Arab readers.

Stand 3.1-A67 - Kube Publishers, UK

9) “Finding Peace in the Holy Land - A British Muslim Memoir,” by Lauren Booth (Kube Publishing, Leicester, UK, 2018)
The book’s title is inviting and, as such, is commended by our Centre. Similarly, this memoir, by former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, is unquestionably legitimate with clearly no aim to incite. Certain references to Jews, however, e.g. “Jewish soldiers” in place of Israeli, could confuse some readers, just as “Jew, Zionist and Israeli” are often used interchangeably, as for example in British Labour Party circles.

Stand 5.1-A141 - Smoloskyp Publishers, Ukraine

10) “Symon Petliura: Fighting for the Freedom of Ukraine," by Serhii Lytvyn (Smoloskyp Publishers, Kiev, 2018)
A small nationalist stand, with few books, highlights this volume. Most historians consider Petliura as responsible for the murder of over 50,000 Jews in the 1917-1921 war with Soviet Russia. He was assassinated in Paris in 1926 by Sholom Schwarzbard, who lost fifteen family members in pogroms during Petliura’s rule of Ukraine. A French court acquitted Schwarzbard. This stand’s rehabilitation of a documented genocidist should be openly discussed by a round-table of historians programmed by the Fair.

This year’s “Wiesenthal Centre Worst Offender Award” goes to Malaysia.

Its “Runner-Up Award” to Iran.

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).

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Wiesenthal Centre “People, Book, Land” Exhibition Opening at the Europaporten Church in Malmo

Wiesenthal Center Welcomes K-Pop Group’s Apology For Incidents Offensive To Jewish And Japanese Victims Of WWII

Wiesenthal Centre to Montevideo Mayor: “As Latin American President of UNESCO-Affiliated Anti-Racist Organization you have Honoured a Much Reported Racist”

From Evian to Kristallnacht to the Holocaust

Popular Korean Band Whose Japan Performance Was Cancelled For T-Shirt Mocking A-Bomb Victims, Once Posed With Nazi SS Death Head Symbols, Flew Nazi-Like Flags At Concert

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has Urged the Sponsors of the Roger Waters Latin American Tour to Remove Their Support

Wiesenthal Centre at the European Parliament

Anti-Semitism 80 Years After Kristallnacht

Wiesenthal Center Calls on Roger Water´s Latin American Hosts to Denounce His Abuse of their Hospitality and His Message of Hate

Wiesenthal Centre Reassured that President Macron Will Not Honour Vichy Collaborationist Philippe Pétain at World War One Victory Celebrations

Wiesenthal Center Welcomes Prosecution Of Stutthof Guard Which Will Open In The German City Of Muenster Tomorrow

SWC, NY and NJ Elected Officials and Interfaith Clergy Leadership Stand Together Against Hatred Following Pittsburgh Shooting

Wiesenthal Centre - Europe Invited by Azerbaijan to Participate in Baku International Humanitarian Forum

SWC Condemns Synagogue Desecration in Irvine, CA

Wiesenthal Centre at Moscow Conference “Protecting Future: Combatting Antisemitism, Xenophobia and Racism”

Words alone won’t stop hatred and deaths - Read SWC's "The Hill" op-ed

SWC Expresses Horror at Synagogue Shootings; Calls on President Trump To Help Stop Extremism in America

Wiesenthal Centre to King Abdallah of Jordan: “Reject Palestinian Breach of Faith Stratagem Aimed to Tarnish Jordan”

Group slams Nazi running for Illinois congressional seat as a Republican: 'This is a person that nobody should vote for'--SWC in the Chicago Tribune

The 16th Year of Wiesenthal Centre Chasing Hate from the Frankfurt Book Fair