Editorials

Editorial by Shimon Samuels, Alex Uberti
published in The Jerusalem Post
1st September 2021

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/morocco-algeria-and-israel-on-peace-anniversary-opinion-678402

An important background impacting the Accords is the historic status of Jews in Algeria and Morocco, an indicator of each of these two countries’ contemporary attitudes toward Israel.

1 September 2021
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a news conference in Rabat, Morocco, last month
(photo Youssef Boudlal/Reuters).

The Abraham Accords’ forthcoming anniversary will celebrate a growing interest in the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
19 July 2021
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/today-27th-commemoration-of-amia-bombing/

In 2006, a Franco-Palestinian organization sued me for defamation. I needed bona fides for my defence.

Among them was Hector Timerman, then Argentine Ambassador to the United Nations. He wrote about my visit to his father, Jacobo, during the military dictatorship. He added that this had helped him to find shelter in Israel.

In 2013, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, he called me to say that he had been implicated in a memorandum with Iran to forget the AMIA bombing in exchange for an exchange of large sums for Argentine ‘purchases’. He protested this as a lie.

Article by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 July 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-cairo-book-fair-remains-rife-with-antisemitism-opinion-673539

This May, in the spirit of the Abraham Accords, Abu Dhabi’s book fair was totally clean. This was not the case in Egypt.

11 July 2021
The Shourouk bookstore features the bestselling hate books from the Cairo International Book Fair 2021
(photo Simon Wiesenthal Center).

The Simon Wiesenthal Center annually monitors the shelves of seven Arab Book Fairs for incitement to hatred and violence. We send our findings to the Frankfurt Book Fair, where measures are taken to ban the listed offenders.

Paris, 22 June 2021

Dear Roger,

I recall your creation of “SIONA Jewish Defence” and our work together against antisemitic terrorism in the 1980s.

It is ironic that you, your wife and son became the victims of violent Jew-hatred in your own Seine-Saint-Denis home.

Paris, 2 June 2021

To: Mr. Eric Pliez
Mayor of the 20th District
Paris, France

Mr. Mayor,

Both Jewish and non-Jewish members of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-France have expressed distress at the large banners hung in Rue d’Avron in the 20th District, in particular the one calling for “Palestine Will Vanquish.”

2 June 2021

Mr. Mayor, we fear that such banners will incite to hate and violence against the Jewish community in your municipal district.

We urge you to remove these banners, as such political statements are unbecoming to your municipal party causes of Socialism or Ecology.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Simon Wiesenthal Centre

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“For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” (Simon Wiesenthal, 1908-2005)