Editorials

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
28 January 2021

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/wiesenthal-centre-and-the-1980-copernic-synagogue-in-paris-bombing/

I had come to Paris in 1980 with the grandiose objective to contain antisemitism. Little did I foresee its nature.

On 3 October, the eve of Sukkot (Tabernacles), I was visiting an Israeli journalist, Tamar Cohen. Her houseguest, Aliza Shagrir – wife of the late cineaste Micha Shagrir – had just arrived from Israel. Asking her hostess if she needed anything for dinner, Tamar suggested some dates from the fruit shop three hundred meters away, facing the synagogue on the rue Copernic. We went down to the street together. She turned into Copernic, I continued walking straight ahead. I felt the bomb, where Aliza met her death.

Article by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
26 January 2021
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/remembering-the-the-jews-of-mena-on-holocaust-remembrance-day-656797

This article was written following a Zoom meeting with 184 Iraqi Jews worldwide, on the occasion of the Annual Commemoration of the Baghdad Hangings (27 January 1969) - organized by the Community of Babylonian Iraqi Jews of Montreal - including heart-rending testimonies of witnesses of the 'Second Farhud' (violent dispossession).
See more on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Y_Jj3QCGo&feature=youtu.be

On this Yom Ha’Shoah / International Holocaust Commemoration Day on January 27, we should contemplate what the fate of MENA Jewry would have been had German general Rommel won the Desert Campaign.

26 January 2021
Desert Wanderings: The Jewish Nation’s beginnings (photo Haytham Shtayeh / Flash90).

In the spirit of the Abraham Accords, there is a growing interest in the Holocaust and its impact on the Jews of MENA (Middle East/North Africa).

UNESCO Grants Academic Certificates to Incarcerated Terrorists: A Second Round

 Paris, 12 January 2021

Madam Director-General,

In the 28 years of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s NGO accreditation to UNESCO, it came as a shock to learn in February 2020, from the well-respected NGO Monitor, that the organization had granted academic certificates to terrorism “graduates” and their murderous “instructors.”

An Open Letter to Emmanuel Macron, President of France

By Shimon Samuels

Paris, 6 January 2021

Mr. President,

You recently called Islam “a religion in crisis.” You also shut down mosques allegedly frequented by extremists, as centres emanating a hate that encouraged a wave of violence and terrorism.

Your policy was met by anger and anti-French boycott demonstrations across the Muslim world, reminiscent of just such an eruption in response to the Charlie Hebdo Mohammed caricatures.

Paris, 28 December 2020

Mr. Prime Minister,

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights NGO. Founded in Los Angeles in 1977, the Centre has a constituency of over 400,000 members. It applies the lessons of the Holocaust to fight antisemitism and other contemporary forms of discrimination and hate. The Centre is accredited as an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.

Our members around the world were deeply moved by your message to mark the centenary of the1920 San Remo Conference. The Jewish State was born in San Remo, “where the leading world powers of the time accepted the principle of a home for the Jews in the land of Israel.”