Editorials

Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/an-open-letter-to-h-m-king-mohammed-vi-of-morocco/

Paris, 19 February 2019

H.M. King Mohammed VI
Rabat, Morocco

Your Majesty,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization with a worldwide constituency of over 400,000 members.  It applies the lessons of the Holocaust to counter antisemitism and other contemporary forms of discrimination and hate. 

0ne of our major projects is to monitor incitement to hatred and violence on the shelves of international book fairs. The findings are then shared with the authorities of the Frankfurt Book Fair, where, accordingly those publishers identified in contravention of their contract - which prohibits incitement - are duly blacklisted.

Your Majesty’s patronage of the SIEL Casablanca Book Fair ensures the banning of any text insulting to Islam.

Yet, in our seven years of monitoring the SIEL, there has been no such vetting of texts on the Casablanca shelves that offend the Jewish religion and people. 

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
17 February 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/France-mobilizes-against-antisemitism-580959

The call has been addressed to party and municipal authorities in large cities across France, including in Lyons, Marseille and Nice.

17 Feb. 2019
People attend a gathering, organized by CRIF Jewish organisation, in memory of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor stabbed and burnt in her Paris apartment in what authorities suspect could be an anti-Semitic murder, in Marseille, France, March 28, 2018 (photo credit: JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER / REUTERS).

Almost 120 years ago, on August 20, 1899, a pro-Dreyfus group led a demonstration in Paris against antisemitism.

On February 19, 2019, almost all French parties across the political spectrum will join a rally against antisemitism, with two exceptions: Le Pen’s far Right and the Mélenchon’s far Left.

The case of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, who was unjustly sentenced and humiliatingly cashiered from the French army, took years to resolve.

Here, since the government’s release of its report showing the 74% spike in incidents, antisemitism seems to have become a new fetish – the place to be. Or is this just a flash in the pan? More importantly, how will it treat ‘anti-Zionism’ and the State of Israel?

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
3 January 2019
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-blackening-of-the-paris-blue-train-restaurant/

Since its opening in 1901 for the World Fair, “Le Train Bleu” symbolized a shrine for Parisian and foreign visitors.

Placed within the Gare de Lyon, the terminus for all trains heading South, it was frequented during the German occupation by Nazi officers, Vichy collaborators, the Resistance underground and Jews attempting to flee deportation by hiding around Lyons, Marseilles and Nice under Italian control.

The “Blue Train Restaurant” became a rendezvous in post-war “Gay Paree” and a pilgrimage site for many American army veterans of the Normandy landings.

Last week, a photo hit the press featuring the contemporary staff of “Le Train Bleu,” extending their arm in a “quenelle” – an inverted Hitler salute.

Éditorial d’Abraham Cooper publié en anglais dans The Algemeiner
le 31 décembre 2018
http://www.algemeiner.com/2018/12/31/no-palestinian-israel-peace-in-2019-but-here-are-some-developments-we-can-expect/

31 Dec. 2018
Des véhicules circulent sur une autoroute tandis qu’un train entre en gare. Tel-Aviv, Israël, le 25 novembre 2018.
Photo Reuters/Corinna Kern

Pour Israël, 2019 apportera vraisemblablement des réussites majeures, mais aussi de grandes déceptions.

Au nombre des réussites : une croissance continue de l’économie de l’innovation d’Israël ; l’accroissement du tourisme ; et le développement d’un large éventail de nouvelles inventions, avec des médicaments et des équipements d’aide aux personnes qui souffrent de graves problèmes de santé.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 October 2018
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/From-New-York-to-Paris-Antisemitism-at-UNESCO-568691

Some countries at UNESCO will pull every lever to humiliate and demean the Jewish state. Or perhaps not!

4 Oct. 2018
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).

This week, 58 of the 195 member-States of UNESCO convened for two weeks as its 205th biennial Executive Board. They will consider reports on budgets, programs, failures and achievements. They will barter, horse-trade within and beyond their regional blocs.