Editorials

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:

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
10 December 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Cemetery-desecrations-610534

Among endangered minorities in Europe, it is mainly the Jews who are killed twice.

10 Dec. 2019
Graves desecrated with swastikas are seen at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen,
near Strasbourg, France (photo Reuters).

Last week, another Jewish cemetery in Alsace, France, was defaced by swastikas on 107 tombstones.

On a late Sunday afternoon in September 1988, driving from Paris to London, I passed through the suburb of Streatham. On an off chance, I turned into the street of the Jewish cemetery where 23 members of my family were buried. I visited my mother’s grave, then continued to the older rows to my grandparents’. The tombstone was cracked and defaced as were many others in that section.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
25 November 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/French-Jewry-unites-to-discuss-response-to-antisemitism-609005

'Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité' poses unique challenges for France's Jews

25 Nov. 2019
A French gendarme inspects swastikas painted on a wall of a former synagogue
turned into a cultural center in Mommenheim near Strasbourg (photo Reuters).

The representative body of French Jewry, CRIF, just held its 10th annual convention, titled “Fractured France – Can We Unite Against Antisemitism?”

As a member of the CRIF Commission for Political Studies, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was present. Speakers were drawn from across the political, religious, intellectual and media spectra.

“Egyptian Minister calls Israel ‘an enemy’ on same level as Muslim Brotherhood!”

Paris, 18 September 2019

Mr. President,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was delighted to follow the 30th International Conference, organized by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Islamic Endowments (Awqaf).

Delegates from 57 Muslim countries participated, in addition to twenty from Africa.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 August 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Did-French-Caribbean-serve-as-Palestinian-terrorists-arms-route-598783

That attack was described by then-French prime minister Raymond Barre as “a bomb set for Jews that killed four innocent Frenchmen.”

August 9 marked the 37th anniversary of the Rue des Rosiers terrorist attack in the Paris Jewish Quarter – known as the Goldenberg Restaurant Massacre – which left six dead and 22 wounded. The attack was carried out by the notorious Abu Nidal Organization, the most common name for the Palestinian nationalist militant group Fatah-Revolutionary Council.