Editorials

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?

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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.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
20 September 2021
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/open-letter-to-french-president-macronjihadi-islamism-common-terror-factor/

Mr. President,

France’s recent terrorist history is marked from the 1980 Copernic synagogue bombing to the 1982 Goldenberg restaurant massacre, the Carpentras 1990 Jewish cemetery exhumation of a corpse hung on an umbrella, the 2006 torture to death of Ilan Halimi, the 2012 Toulouse Jewish school attack the 2015 Hyper Kosher supermarket killing hostages, the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi and in 2018 of Mireille Knoll and countless other victims of antisemitism.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
9 September 2021

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/2015-paris-terror-attacks-a-jewish-perspective/

For the 20th World Summit on Counter Terrorism

Arab terrorism on French soil had predominantly focused on Jewish targets, especially since the October 1980 Copernic synagogue bombing.

This launched 73 shootings and bombings against Jews across Western Europe, of which 29 in France. The terror spree stopped in August 1982 with the attack on the Goldenberg restaurant in the Paris Jewish quarter, that coincided also with the sudden return of European terrorists from PLO training camps in Southern Lebanon, fleeing from an Israeli incursion to end cross-border terror.