News Releases 2017

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.

Edinburgh, 11 August 2017

In 2014, the Jerusalem Incubator Theatre, in a maelstrom of hate, was forced to leave the Edinburgh Festival without giving even one performance.

One man, Nigel Goodrich, created the “Shalom Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe” with one main objective: “to pursue justice in allowing ‘the Incubator’ to perform.”

Despite demonstrations by pro-Palestinian hecklers held back by the police outside the premises and the consequent cost of security measures, the Shalom Festival – under the banner “Building Cultural Bridges, Celebrating Coexistence – brought together, among others, interfaith leaders, Christians United for Israel, Stand With US-UK, Israeli film screenings, theatre performances and hosted the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s UNESCO co-sponsored exhibition “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land.”

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Shimon Samuels speaking with Pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

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 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.