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Wiesenthal Centre Protest to Dutch Prime Minister: Yesterday's Second ISIS Rally in the Hague called for "Dirty Jews from the Sewers to be Killed" PDF Print E-mail


Justice Minister claims "openly sympathising with terrorist groups is not punishable by law'
Hague Mayor states "no bounderies crossed during the demonstration"
Simon Wiesenthal Centre urges "Ban ISIS, at least in World War Two the Netherlands put up a fight against the Nazis"

Paris, 25 July

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, vigorously protested to Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, the authorisation for another rally in the Hague of the terrorist movement ISIS, calling for "death to the Jews". 

The Centre had protested such antisemitic threats at the first such demonstration on 4 July see

Wiesenthal Centre to French President "Just as Hamas rockets over Israeli cities are unacceptable, the radical Islamist threat to normal life in French cities is intolerable". PDF Print E-mail
Wiesenthal Centre to French President "Just as Hamas rockets over 
Israeli cities are unacceptable, the radical Islamist threat to normal 
life in French cities is intolerable".

July 21, 2014
In a letter to French President, François Hollande, the Simon Wiesenthal 
Centre for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, noted that, 
since the Elysee 11 June audience with the Centre's international 
delegation, "the principal subject of our discussion – the security of 
the Jewish community – has seriously deteriorated across Europe. 
Exploiting the current Gaza crisis, pogromist mobs are, seventy years 
after the Holocaust, screaming “Death to the Jews” in the very streets 
from which they were deported to the Nazi extermination camps".

Samuels stressed that "France, home of the largest Jewish and Muslim 
communities on the continent, has been most affected, especially in the 
last week of mass Jihadi-sympathizer assaults on synagogues."

The Centre congratulated "the French government for statements and 
measures, such as yesterday’s announcement, at the 72nd anniversary of 
the Paris Vel d’Hiv deportation, by Prime Minister Valls that 
'combatting antisemitism is a national cause'. This followed his 
immediate adoption of the Wiesenthal Centre’s request to ban hate 
mongering demonstrations as a threat to public order".

The letter pointed to "some 40 rioters were arrested on Saturday and two 
dozen yesterday, for violating the ban and resorting to vandalism and 
threatening to attack synagogues. Scenes of French police, justifiably, 
using water cannons, tear-gas and rubber bullets are redolent of today’s 
Middle East - as images of an anti-French Intifada in Paris".

Samuels emphasised that "young French-born Islamists, recruited in 
radical mosques and through social media, focus primarily on the Jewish 
target. Nonetheless, piggy-backing the cause of Palestine, they vent 
their rage on the values and institutions of the French Republic," 
adding, "they are burning police stations, banks, pharmacies, stores and 
even a pizzeria and undertaker. Hundreds of cars have been destroyed, as 
sacking, torching and looting spread."

The letter highlighted how "the police protective closure of the Marais 
Jewish Quarter was laudable and unprecedented, as was the locking down 
of Barbès and the neighboring Gare du Nord, Paris’ principal railway 
station," continuing, "just as Hamas rockets over Israeli cities are 
unacceptable, the radical Islamist threat to normal life in French 
cities is intolerable. Sadly, this is a message that is not clear to the 
French media. Their freedom of expression in no way relieves them of 
partial responsibility for provoking the violence against the Jews in 
France, by their constant one-sided attacks on Israel's right to defend 
itself from terrorism."

The Centre noted "the statement yesterday by Hassen Chalghoumi, the Imam 
of Drancy (ironically the way-station for 75,000 French Jews to 
Auschwitz).He firmly condemned “all violence against fellow Jewish 
citizens” and called “to prevent the import of the Israel-Palestinian 
conflict.” "As President of the Conference of Imams of France, his 
courageous voice must be echoed by Muslim leaders across the country."

Samuels described the Centre's routine monitoring of thousands of 
websites and social media in several languages that incite to hatred and 
violence. "These findings can be made available to French law 
enforcement services and to Muslim leaders to show parents in their 
communities the Jihadist sites to which their children are exposed."

The letter recalled "the May 1990 desecration of the Carpentras Jewish 
cemetery where a recently buried corpse was exhumed and impaled on an 
umbrella. The sheer horror of this act led your predecessor, President 
François Mitterrand, to lead a 250,000 strong march through Paris 
against antisemitism. His initiative galvanized the churches, the trade 
unions, the schools, universities and the general public to declare a 
zero tolerance policy on Jew-hatred."

The Centre urged the President - "as soon as possible, after the 
'rentrée' in September – to repeat this exercise and, thereby, 
demonstrate that the rioters of today represent none other than 

"To paraphrase General de Gaulle’s wartime call: 'Let the voice of ‘la 
vraie France’ ('the true France') resonate through your leadership".

Wiesenthal Centre to Dutch Prime Minister: "ISIS Threatens Netherlands' Jews" PDF Print E-mail


"We are horrified that Hague Mayor authorized a rally under the
Tawheed banner of ISIS terrorism".

Paris, 9 July 2014

In a letter to the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon
Samuels, expressed shock on viewing the film clip of a 4 July 2014
demonstration in The Hague, "of a group presenting themselves as
'ISIS' -  Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (the Levant), calling
publicly for the murder of Jews
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXbZTzLgq2s#t=34
The clip was filmed and distributed by the omroepwest.nl website.

Inauguration messages for the exhibition co-organized by UNESCO and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre : “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship between the Jewish People and the Holy Land” - UNESCO, 11 June 2014 PDF Print E-mail


Messages d'inauguration de l'exposition coorganisée par l'UNESCO et le Centre Simon Wiesenthal : « le Peuple, le Livre, la Terre : 3 500 ans de relations entre le peuple juif et la Terre sainte » - UNESCO, 11 juin 2014

Speech by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
Speech by Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Centre
Message from Assistant Secretary Dean Pittman, USA
Message from Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic, Montenegro
Message from Foreign Minister John Baird, Canada
Message from President Shimon Peres, Israel
Message from President François Hollande, France
Message from Lord George Carey, Achbishop Emeritus of Canterbury
Message from Irwin Cotler, MP, former Canadian Minister of Justice
Message from Boualem Sansal, Algerian Author

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide membership of 440,000. Established in 1977, with headquarters in Los Angeles, it draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of prejudice and discrimination. The Centre is an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact Dr Shimon Samuels at +33.609.7701.58