Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
12 June 2018
Palestinian and Iraqi Trojan horses at Paris Restitution Committee
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has saluted the new director-general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, for assiduous denunciation of politicization throughout her first six months in office. Azoulay’s commitment to bring back the organization to a policy of depoliticization and consensus sends a powerful message to the United States and Israel to consider postponing their notices of departure.
Open letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung published in The Times of Israel
8 May 2018
Paris and Buenos Aires, 7 May 2018
H.E. Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique
President of Chile
We have learned that you will be receiving this week the Holocaust denying antisemitic Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas.
We understand that Chile has the largest number of citizens of Palestinian origin outside the Palestinian Territories.
We are certain that the Abbas visit can only serve those who wish to transplant the Middle East conflict to Latin America, with devastating consequences for the small Chilean Jewish community.
Open letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
6 May 2018
“As leader of the British Labour Party, your silence has endorsed a new form of hate: antisemitic sexual abuse.”
Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn (photo Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
As a Labour Party member, my uncle, Simon Bromberg in 1936, had joined in fighting off the British Union of Fascists – against the Oswald Mosley Blackshirts – in the so-called “Battle of Cable Street,” in London’s heavily Jewish East End.
Born at the end of the World War II, I was raised acutely aware that 25 miles of water – the British Channel – had saved my family from the Holocaust on the opposite shore.
Op-Ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
5 February 2018
Auschwitz (photo publicdomainpictures.net)
In November 2011, the Palestinians entered UNESCO, thus beginning a period of mayhem in the form of Jewish and Christian ID theft.
Two weeks after their entry, a high-level Simon Wiesenthal Centre delegation visiting Paris met with then UNESCO director-general, Irina Bokova, who immediately acceded to its request. Following exhibitions held by the Vatican and Saudi Arabia, now it was the turn of the Jews to set the record straight, with an exhibition titled “People Book Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land.”
Blog by Shimon Samuels posted on The Times of Israel
3 May 2017
On Israel’s 69th Independence Day, the 58 member-states of the UNESCO Executive Board voted yet another pro-Palestinian resolution denying Israeli/Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
The resolution passed as expected with 22 votes ‘yes’ to 10 votes ‘no’ ( Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Paraguay, St.Kitts Nevis, Togo, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States) marking the disunity of the European Union and African,Caribbean and Latin American possibilities for breakthrough.
Following the vote,Germany exulted at recognition in the text of Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem as holy for the three monotheistic religions. Argentina noted the political content that has its place elsewhere. Brazil concurred. The United States condemned deepening politicization that erodes UNESCO’s prestige. Sweden recognized efforts of Palestinian and Jordanian amendments adding that, as European unity was impossible we voted yes. The Israeli Ambassador, wrapped in an Israeli flag, exclaimed ‘here we are and here we Stay’. Jordan stressed that on the Holy sites of Jerusalem both Muslim and Christian sites are of highest priority. The Palestinians closed with this vote will not change our policy. We will continue to fight for Palestine and Jerusalem.
More worrying was the little-noticed vote for the follow up “cultural” resolution 31 on “Israeli military confrontations in the Gaza Strip…prevention of Palestinian school children and students from exercising fully their right to education…Israeli censorship of the Palestinian curricula of schools and universities in East Jerusalem…calling on UNESCO to preserve the human, social and cultural fabric of the occupied Syrian Golan…”
This resolution passed 18 ‘yes’ to 1 ‘no’ (the United States) with 39 abstentions
The next step in this exponential I.D. theft of the Jewish and Christian narratives will take place at the July UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland where its 21 member-states will vote yet again on Jerusalem and possibly – on the Palestinian wish-list – Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The most dramatic events, however, will happen in November at the General Conference of all member-states. There the new Director-General will be elected – a hot favourite being the Minister of Culture of Qatar Likewise, the new Chairpersons of the General Conference and of the Executive Board will be appointed.The hot tickets – wait for it!
-For General Conference: Saudi Arabia
-For Executive Board: Iran (this is no nightmare… it is for real!)
At that moment, UNESCO will stand at the edge of the abyss. Will it take a giant step forward?