Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Statement on the Health Status of Shimon Peres, Ninth President of the State of Israel

September 13, 2016

Media Statement

Upon learning that 93 year old statesman and former Israeli President Shimon Peres has suffered a massive stroke, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) released the following statement:
"FSWC hosted Mr. Peres at the Spirit of Hope Benefit at the end of May and I believe that was his most recent speaking engagement in Canada. He was quite an eloquent and passionate speaker, and we are devastated to learn that he is now in grave condition. Mr. Peres, a genuine pioneer of the nascent Jewish state, is a true global icon whose voice on behalf of peace and tolerance must continue. As he receives treatment in hospital I join his family, the people of Israel and Jewish communities around the world in praying for his "Refuah Shlema" - a full recovery and good health."

- Avi Benlolo, President & CEO,   
   Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies


Stacey L. Starkman 
Director of Communications & External Relations 
416.864.9735 x 32 - office / 
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at
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