Editorials

Blog by Shimon Samuels posted in The Times of Israel
3 November 2017

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-balfour-centenary-documents-do-not-create-nation-states-nations-do/#

The concept of “nation” has no universal definition, but has been acknowledged as “a population which shares, inter alia: a common history, traditions, language, territory and, sometimes, faith.

The Italian, German and Polish nations existed virtually, while atomized in principalities or partitioned under foreign occupation.War has constantly shifted borders for the French and Russian nations. Britons existed centuries before the consolidation of a Great Britain. Each of these “nations” accrued power by occupying others with a policy of divide and rule.

Thus was born the 1917 Balfour Declaration — highly prized by the nascent Zionist Jewish national liberation movement — but a function of British colonial policy displayed by competing promises to every possible ally of the moment: Muslim and Hindu in the Indian Raj, “Palestinian Jews” and Arab leaders in Arabia.

In the midst of war against the Prussian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, France, Britain and little Belgium carved up Africa with lines drawn on maps cutting through tribal territories or “proto-nations”.

Blog by Shimon Samuels posted in The Jerusalem Post
4 September 2017
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Mongolia-and-the-Jews-504220

How do Mongolians feel toward Jews?

4 Sept. 2017

Security personnel chat next to the statue of Genghis Khan at the parliament building in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. (photo Reuters)

In mid-August, at our regular fruit juice stand in Tel Aviv’s Carmel market, I made my order and went to buy a bouquet of flowers. On my return, the fruiterer noted that flowers are bought on Friday but this was Wednesday.

“What’s the event?” I explained that it was our Golden Wedding.

He retorted, “50 years and you buy a bunch of flowers?! Take your wife somewhere special.”

“We’re going to Mongolia,” I said.

“What’s in Mongolia?”

“Desert, camels, tents.”

“So you could go to the Negev! How do you get [to Mongolia]?”

“By train from Beijing.”

He ended triumphantly, “You work for Wiesenthal; there must be Nazis over there?”

Blog by Shimon Samuels posted on The Times of Israel 
4 September 2017
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/all-links-along-the-terror-chain-must-pay-the-penalty-not-granted-awards/

In 1998, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre was called to the German Labour Ministry in Bonn. Since reunification in 1990, followed by the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, the number of war pensions had mushroomed among Wehrmacht veterans and widows, frozen for some 45 years in Communist East Germany, the Baltics, the Balkans and Ukraine.

While the Justice Ministry had cooperated with Simon Wiesenthal regarding the ID’s of war criminals, just down the road the Labour Ministry was sending cheques to their families in the Federal Republic. The Government, now eager to save revenue, asked the Centre’s help. Our expert, Efraim Zuroff was able to identify those military units responsible for war crimes to automatically strip their members of pension rights.

In 2007, the Centre promoted a draft convention, in the same spirit, to prosecute the instigators and accomplices of suicide terrorism. The intent was to criminalize all along the chain of terror from recruitment (especially online and now social media) to ideological radicalization, financing, arming, hosting and glorifying. The convention might have legally prevented the families of Jihadist “martyrs” from receiving “life insurance” benefits and blocked spurious “pension” grants to surviving perpetrators in jail.

Blog by Shimon Samuels posted in The Times of Israel
27 July 2017

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/treating-the-cancer-of-antisemitisms-metastasis/

The cancer of antisemitism’s metastasis in the UK and continental Europe can only be treated by the expulsion of pro-Jihadists, antisemites and other bigots from mainstream political parties.

A 1950’s Times of London headline characterized the British post-war sense of security: “Fog over the Channel, Continent isolated…”

Despite the oncoming ‘Brexit’, the UK is an integral part of the European menacing resurgent and violent antisemitism.

Blog by Shimon Samuels posted on The Times of Israel 
24 May 2017
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/an-open-letter-to-prime-minister-teresa-may/#.WSVakIKjEds.gmail

Madam Prime Minister,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre congratulates you on your unrelenting stand against the warped madness of anti-Western terrorism and, more specifically, the Manchester Arena atrocity.

Permit me a few worrying thoughts for you to consider:

– Now that ISIS has claimed credit for the perpetrator, Salman Abedi, we can expect to see heroic obituaries for the Jihadist assassin, perhaps born in the UK

– How then would you respond to the demand for a UK state lifetime pension for his possible dependent British widow and orphans?

– How would you react to the distribution of sweets to school children celebrating this “triumph over the Crusaders” in radical Islamic institutions from the Palestine Authority to Pakistan?