Editorials

Editorial by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Alex Uberti published in The Jerusalem Post
15 December 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-consequences-of-deals-with-antisemitic-terror-688841

European governments struck ‘deals’ with Palestinian terrorists, in exchange for what was deemed ‘limited’ concessions and collateral damage, but in too many cases that meant expendable Jewish lives.

15 December 2021 1
Rome’s Great Synagogue. The 1982 attack was claimed to be a surprise to Italian authorities,
though they had been warned of threats to Jewish targets in Italy (photo Remo Casilli/Reuters).

On October 9, 1982 – the end of Sukkot – a group of five Palestinian operatives attacked the Great Synagogue in central Rome with hand grenades and submachine guns, killing a two-year-old – Stefano Gaj Taché – and wounding 37 worshipers.

Editorial by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Alex Uberti published in The Jerusalem Post
18 November 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/is-the-star-of-italy-decorating-the-glory-of-palestinian-terror-opinion-685429

The educational deficit is a persistent obstacle to any form of dialogue with their Israeli neighbors and, by association, with Jews – and not only Jews.

18 November 2021 1
The Italian flag waves over the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy May 30, 2018 (photo Reuters/Tony Gentile).

We were shocked to learn that Sabri Saidam, a former Palestinian Authority education and higher education minister from 2015 to 2019 and currently deputy secretary-general of the Central Committee of Fatah, had been decorated with the prestigious “Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy.”

Editorial by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 October 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/antisemitic-laureates-should-not-be-celebrated-681688

Agatha Christie, T.S. Eliot, Roald Dahl and Céline are among the most famous antisemitic laureates, so why are they still celebrated?

11 October 2021 1
Roald Dahl (photo Wikimedia Commons)

On this 60th anniversary of the death of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (aka Céline), a debate on a newly found cache of his manuscripts raises the question of their antisemitic content.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
10 October 2021

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/comments-on-david-colliers-outstanding-report-on-antisemitism-in-ireland/

The journalist, David Collier’s outstanding 202 page report on contemporary antisemitism in Ireland, is shattering… Though the history of Irish Jewry has also lights in the darkness.

At the end of the nineteenth century, while poverty-stricken Irish were emigrating to the United States, they were replaced by impoverished Jewish refugees escaping from the Russian Tsarist Empire. This created resentment from Trade Unions and a 1904 boycott-pogrom in Limerick, that was ended by an Irish Catholic welcome. During the Irish Free State, many Jewish figures identified and even joined the IRA.

Though in World War Two, Ireland mainly accepted Jewish converts to Catholicism, it also accepted a small “Kindertransport” of Jewish children from Nazi Germany.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
24 September 2021
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/french-train-car-of-dreams-holocaust-vandalism/

24 September 2021
Trains des Rêves ‘What Value Life,’ Greg Marshall, not subject to copyright

“Wiesenthal Centre urges vandal be brought to justice, while his lopsided swastika remains as artefact of hate for the comments of visiting tourists.”

American-born Greg Marshall had bought an abandoned train station 3 hours south of Paris, adding a number of train wagons, to serve as a hotel with restaurant cars, while presenting each of the carriages’ history.