Editorials

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
14 May 2020

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/the-ss-and-the-vatican-628075

What role did Erich Priebke play? The Pope Pius XII Archives may tell us.

14 May 2020
Pope Pius XII, the pontiff during World War Two, appears in an undated file photo
from the archives of Vatican newspaper
Osservatore Romano (photo Reuters).

On March 2, 2020, Pope Francis kept his commitment to open the secret archives of Pope Pius XII, to discover the truth of why the war-time pontiff had remained silent in the face of the Holocaust.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
23 April 2020

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-new-version-of-the-lutheran-new-testament-is-not-good-news-and-should-be-called-out-by-all-christians-as-fake-news/

In the early 16th century, Martin Luther – a German priest and leader of the Protestant Reformation – led a call for pogroms against Jews and synagogue desecration.

In the 1990s, the Lutheran Church belatedly condemned the antisemitism of its founder. A pale rendition of the Catholic ‘Nostra Aetate’.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
1st April 2020
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Steps-against-a-blood-libel-that-is-still-bleeding-opinion-623238

The horrifying story of Simon of Trent not only resulted in the torture and execution of the local Jewish community, its imagery provoked a widespread surge in antisemitic violence throughout Europe.

1 April 2020
Giuseppe Alberti, Alleged martyrdom of Simonino da Trento, 1677, oil on canvas, Trento, Castello
del Buonconsiglio. Provincial monuments and collections (photo Museo Diocesano Tridentino).

In 1989, on vacation in Tuscany, I drove through the beautiful resort of Marina di Massa. By chance, I noticed a poster outside the church of San Domenichino announcing an international poetry contest.

Blog by Drs. Shimon Samuels and Graciela Vaserman Samuels published in The Jerusalm Post
19 March 2020
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Malthusian-coronavirus-Nowhere-to-run-to-621640

Now released, we are warned, as senior citizens, to remain in quarantine. In any case, there seems logically little place else to hide from the virus.

19 March 2020
Air travelers walk, after further cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New York, in Terminal 1
at JFK International Airport in New York (photo Reuters).

Landing in Israel from the AIPAC convention in Washington, I was sent into a mandatory 14-day isolation.

Now released, we are warned, as senior citizens, to remain in quarantine. In any case, there seems logically little place else to hide from the virus.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 February 2020
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Churchills-definition-of-Belgium-A-manufactured-country-617734

“Usury” was the grounds for deportation of the Jews of Antwerp by the Duke of Brabant in 1261, who called for them to be expelled or destroyed.

16 Feb. 2020
Sir Winston Churchill, 1941. Photo Biblioarchives/Libraryarchives/Flickr.

As Belgium today leads a United Nations Security Council campaign against Israel, while crying for dead Jews of 75 years ago at the Jerusalem Holocaust Forum, we may find Winston Churchill's definition eminently relevant: