Editorials

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
8 August 2020
https://www.jpost.com/international/the-30th-anniversary-of-the-outbreak-of-the-gulf-war-a-cuban-perspective-637952

At the end of July, we were on a family vacation in Havana. We had flown from Mexico with a boisterous group of young Danish Communists on their way to cut sugar cane in the Marxist paradise.

8 August 2020 blog
A headstone with a Star of David stands at the Jewish cemetery in Guanabacoa near Havana,
Cuba, in 2007 (photo Claudia Daut/Reuters).

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
18 July 2020

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/toulouses-two-faces-635526

Toulouse has two faces: one of Jihadist anti-Zionism, the other of Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc, proudly twinned with Tel Aviv.

18 July 2020
Toulouse (photo Ari Bar-Oz).

The city of Toulouse, France, brings memories of the 2012 terrorist attack by Mohamed Merah on the Otzar HaTorah Jewish school that killed a rabbi, three children aged three, six and eight, and wounded a teenager.

Letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
3 July 2020
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/isis-threat/letter-asks-eu-to-focus-on-isis-volunteers-returning-to-europe-633799

The letter, sent by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, asks the EU to stop focusing on Israel and instead focus on ISIS jihadists.

3 July 2020
A member of ISIS waves the group’s flag in Raqqa (photo Reuters).

The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, in which Director for International Relations of the center, Dr. Shimon Samuels, suggested that the EU should stop its focus on Israel, and instead turn its attention to a Turkish ratline that is allegedly bringing former ISIS volunteers into Europe.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
25 June 2020

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/un-human-rights-durban-singling-out-of-israel/

25 June 2020
Wiesenthal Centre members demonstrate at UNOG Geneva
(photo is free and property of Simon Wiesenthal Centre).
 

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Authored by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, following the Holocaust and only months after the return to Jewish sovereignty, a new world seemed apparent, to be led by the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, to evermore condemn dictatorship, crimes against humanity, racism and, certainly, antisemitism.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
31 May 2020
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/does-an-international-campaign-to-ban-brit-mila-contribute-to-antisemitism-629796

What is deemed as an attack on a fundamental ethic of Judaism can be construed as an assault on the Jewish people.

31 May 2020
Brit mila (photo Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post).

Last fall, the US-based NGO Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) convened the “Brussels Collaboration on Bodily Integrity,” at which Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was equated with other forms of circumcision, including Jewish brit mila.

One of the more than 90 papers presented at the conference was titled “Medically Unnecessary Genital Cutting and the Rights of the Child.” It stated, “[circumcision] does not only apply to female minors, but rather non-consenting minors of any age irrespective of sex or gender... cutting any person’s genitals without their informed consent is a serious violation of their right to bodily integrity. As such, it is morally impermissible.”