Editorials

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.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 September 2018
www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-kidnapping-of-British-Labour-566500

The fate of Labour is, of course, a Jewish concern, but it is not a Jewish issue.

I have just spent time in London to consult with parliamentary leaders from both Houses of Commons and Lords, both Labour and Conservative, in an eerily silent Palace of Westminster, now awakening from its summer adjournment.

This is a reflection of their views:

Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
29 August 2018
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/An-open-letter-to-Jeremy-Corbyn-566112

You are quoted as claiming that “Zionists... don’t understand English irony.” Indeed ironic, for so many of these so-called “Zionists” were dedicated voters and members of the Labour Party.

London-born of British-born parents, two weeks after World War II, I was raised with an immense respect for the power of water – the 25 miles of Channel that saved 330,000 British Jews, listed in the 1941 Wannsee Protocol among the 11 million Jews in 33 countries targeted for Nazi extermination.