Centre Simon Wiesenthal - Europe

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Wiesenthal Centre Condolences to French Satirical Weekly, Charlie Hebdo, Paris Victims of Jihadist Terrorism PDF Print E-mail

Paris, 7 January

In a letter to the editorial team of Charlie Hebdo, Wiesenthal Centre French President, Richard Odier and Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, expressed "horror at today's atrocity, our sympathy to the families of its victims and prayers for the wounded".

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Wiesenthal Centre to European Council President: “Paris and Copenhagen are Precedents for a Pan-European Epidemic.” PDF Print E-mail

 

Assaults on Jews have collateral and strategic consequences – they damage the delicate fabric of democracy itself.”
“Convoke a European Union-wide conference to combat antisemitism on every front.”

 

Paris, 16 February 2015

 

In a letter to European Council President, Donald Tusk, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr.Shimon Samuels, 
claimed that,
“Saturday’s attacks in Copenhagen set a mimetic pattern following last month’s atrocities in Paris, with a triple target formula: - Freedom of expression activists - Police - Jewish institutions.”
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Wiesenthal Centre to British Deputy Prime Minister: "Expel M.P. David Ward from Liberal Democrat Party for Offense to Holocaust Survivors and Legitimization of Terrorism" PDF Print E-mail

 

"By invidious comparison, Ward insults good name of United Kingdom
and, thereby, British forces role in liberating Nazi concentration
camps."
Paris 29, January 2015

In a letter to British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Nicholas Clegg,the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels vigorously protested "the scurrilous desecration of the Holocaust by David Ward, your party's Member of Parliament for Bradford".

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Wiesenthal Centre to Royal Dutch Shell CEO: "Disassociate Your Company from Glorification of a Nazi War Criminal". PDF Print E-mail
"Annul Shell's dealings with Allseas - a company which apparently celebrates Nazi crimes by glorifying a perpetrator".

"It is interesting to note on the Shell portals' list of associated countries, the conspicuous absence of Israel".

Paris, 5 February 2015 
In a letter to Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurdon, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels,
noted that "Shell has contracted from the Swiss-based offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company, Allseas Group,
their crane-ship Pieter Schelte, to service Brent oil platforms on the British continental shelf".
Samuels expressed indignation that "this vessel, described as "the largest ship in the world", is named for the father of Allseas' owner,
who was a convicted Nazi war criminal".
The letter explained that "Peter Schelte was jailed after the war for commandeering some 4,000 Dutch citizens for forced labour on the Eastern Front.
As a Dutch Waffen SS officer, he reportedly stated, 'the German race is a model. The Jewish race by comparison is parasitic. Therefore the Jewish question
must be resolved in every Aryan country' ".
Samuels pointed out that "the International Transport Workers Federation has demanded that Allseas rename the ship", adding that, "our Centre feels that
the offence to the memory of Dutch victims of Nazi crimes and British casualties in liberating Europe from Hitler's tyranny demands more of Royal Dutch Shell".
The Centre urged that, "in the spirit of the 70th anniversary of these events, we urge Shell to annul its dealings with Allseas - a company which,
apparently, celebrates Nazi crimes by glorifying one of the perpetrators", continuing, "we are sure that Shell will wish to publicly disassociate itself from this
travesty".
"On a related matter, it is interesting to note, on the Shell portals' list of countries with which it is associated, the conspicuous absence of the State of Israel",
concluded Samuels.

Update: Following the Centre Simon Wiesenthal's letter the CEO Ben van Beurdon has advised us that the Ship's name has been changed.