Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
25 June 2020


25 June 2020
Wiesenthal Centre members demonstrate at UNOG Geneva
(photo is free and property of Simon Wiesenthal Centre).

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Authored by French Jewish jurist, René Cassin, following the Holocaust and only months after the return to Jewish sovereignty, a new world seemed apparent, to be led by the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, to evermore condemn dictatorship, crimes against humanity, racism and, certainly, antisemitism.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
31 May 2020

What is deemed as an attack on a fundamental ethic of Judaism can be construed as an assault on the Jewish people.

31 May 2020
Brit mila (photo Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post).

Last fall, the US-based NGO Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) convened the “Brussels Collaboration on Bodily Integrity,” at which Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was equated with other forms of circumcision, including Jewish brit mila.

One of the more than 90 papers presented at the conference was titled “Medically Unnecessary Genital Cutting and the Rights of the Child.” It stated, “[circumcision] does not only apply to female minors, but rather non-consenting minors of any age irrespective of sex or gender... cutting any person’s genitals without their informed consent is a serious violation of their right to bodily integrity. As such, it is morally impermissible.”

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
14 May 2020


What role did Erich Priebke play? The Pope Pius XII Archives may tell us.

14 May 2020
Pope Pius XII, the pontiff during World War Two, appears in an undated file photo
from the archives of Vatican newspaper
Osservatore Romano (photo Reuters).

On March 2, 2020, Pope Francis kept his commitment to open the secret archives of Pope Pius XII, to discover the truth of why the war-time pontiff had remained silent in the face of the Holocaust.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
23 April 2020


In the early 16th century, Martin Luther – a German priest and leader of the Protestant Reformation – led a call for pogroms against Jews and synagogue desecration.

In the 1990s, the Lutheran Church belatedly condemned the antisemitism of its founder. A pale rendition of the Catholic ‘Nostra Aetate’.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
1st April 2020

The horrifying story of Simon of Trent not only resulted in the torture and execution of the local Jewish community, its imagery provoked a widespread surge in antisemitic violence throughout Europe.

1 April 2020
Giuseppe Alberti, Alleged martyrdom of Simonino da Trento, 1677, oil on canvas, Trento, Castello
del Buonconsiglio. Provincial monuments and collections (photo Museo Diocesano Tridentino).

In 1989, on vacation in Tuscany, I drove through the beautiful resort of Marina di Massa. By chance, I noticed a poster outside the church of San Domenichino announcing an international poetry contest.