Editorials

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
5 June 2015
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/when-bds-infiltrates-government-policy-international-and-inter-governmental-organizations-may-become-points-of-leverage/

In 1991, upon independence from the crumbling Soviet Union, the Latvian post office issued a set of postage stamps in honour of its previous 1940’s ‘independent’ Air Force, each plane decked with the swastika. It was our appeal to the Universal Postal Union that led to their withdrawal.

In similar situations, the Charter or mission statements of the World Trade Organization (WTO),the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),UNESCO, the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and others of the global alphabet soup have proven useful benchmarks in naming, blaming and shaming their states-parties, whether for antisemitism or, increasingly, boycott.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Algemeiner
29 May 2015
https://www.algemeiner.com/2015/05/29/fifa-federation-international-for-football-antisemitism-or-football-international-felony-association/

29 May 2015 1
The SWC presented a counter-protest to a pro-Palestinian
demonstration outside the FIFA Congress Hall in Zurich
(photo Shimon Samuels).


Facing a pro-Palestinian demonstration of some 150 outside the FIFA Congress Hall in Zurich, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre was the only Jewish organization to present a counter-protest.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 May 2015
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Will-anti-Semitic-literature-at-Arab-book-fairs-aid-recruitment-to-terrorism-402755

Arab book fairs give us a unique insight into the obsessive-compulsive nature of anti-Semitism.

This is particularly the case for the Saudi and Gulf State fairs of the past weeks, as these governments find themselves in a tactical “engagement” with Israel against the common threats from Iranian nuclear designs, Tehran-sponsored Shi’ite mayhem, and Sunni radicals.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
30 April 2015
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/argentine-foreign-minister-hector-timerman-is-no-theodor-herzl/

Argentine Foreign Minister,Hector Timerman, has demonstrably and “irrevocably” excommunicated himself from the AMIA – Argentina’s premiere Jewish welfare, education and burial society – demolished by an Iranian Jihadist bomb in 1994, leaving 85 dead and 300 wounded.

By this personal act, he has rejected his Jewish education values and destiny – among them burial in a Jewish cemetery – and has, apparently, abandoned the Argentine victims of this Tehran-sponsored aggression.

By publicly announcing this action and reportedly charging the AMIA with obstructing Argentine national interests – in other words treason – it could be argued that he has exposed Argentina, once again, to grave threats from reactivated Iran-sponsored Hezbollah sleeper cells on Argentine soil, as were identified by the commonly presumed slain AMIA Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman.

Timerman has now invidiously compared himself with the Zionist champion and visionary, Theodor Herzl.

Herzl sacrificed himself in defence of the Jewish people and is buried among them in Jerusalem.

Shimon Samuels is Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
17 April 2015
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/nuremberg-betrayed-isis-and-the-international-criminal-court/

Coming in the context of this 70th Yom HaShoah, the statement by Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “…I have come to the conclusion that the jurisdictional basis for opening a preliminary examination into this situation [the crimes of ISIS] is too narrow at this stage” — is a betrayal of the ICC’s original aspiration to follow the historic example of the 1945-46 Nuremberg Tribunal.

That Court had criminalized the entire Nazi Party as a terrorist organization, which served as a basis for the Western allies’ de-Nazification policy, though abandoned with the onset of the Cold War.