Wiesenthal Centre to President Uribe: “Colombia and Israel - Two Democracies Together Resist the Onslaught of World Terrorism”

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Wiesenthal Centre to President Uribe: “Colombia and Israel - Two Democracies Together Resist the Onslaught of World Terrorism” 7 May, 2009, Cartagena, Colombia Wiesenthal Center officials, Dr. Shimon Samuels (Director for International Relations) and Sergio Widder (Director for Latin America) launched the Spanish language edition of “Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred – Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal” at the 11th Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Jewish Institutions and Communities. The award-winning collection, co-sponsored by the Centre with UNESCO, was presented to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who had personally contributed its own thoughts to the volume. Samuels and Widder expressed the Centre’s abiding solidarity with Colombia in its struggle against Iranian-inspired terrorism from across its borders. Samuels noted “the close relations between Colombia and Israel as two democracies on the frontline against international terrorism in their respective regions”. President Uribe congratulated the Center on its initiatives in defence of democracy and requested its future cooperation. The Center discussed with Presidential Secretary General, Bernardo Moreno, modalities for Uribe to visit the Centre’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles to present, from its podium, his views of risks and dangers to the Americas. For further information contact Shimon Samuels at +57 314 245-1049 or Sergio Widder at +57 318 639-3141. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400.000 members. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS and the Latin American Parliament.