Editorials

Letter by Dr Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
21 March 2022
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-701949

21 March 2022 1 blog
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a special session
of the UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Ukraine at the UN in Geneva
earlier this month (photo Denis Balibouse/Reuters).

Madam Michelle Bachelet,

In 2009, you became president of Chile. Around the same date, as the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, I was addressing an NGO preparatory session for the second Durban Review Conference.

Our associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, and I had been at the Durban UN World Conference against Racism in 2001 to combat racism. Indeed, we found every true issue of racial intolerance and discrimination hijacked for a campaign of antisemitic agitation.

Blog by Dr Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
28 January 2022
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/happy-as-a-jew-in-france-what-happened-to-smash-the-dream/

The Wiesenthal Centre chose to open its office in Paris as France had – and still has – the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe. Though religion is not included in state census, it is estimated that there are about 500,000 Jews and over 4 million Muslims.

Despite the 1894 Dreyfus case – the Jewish French army Captain unjustly charged for espionage – that revealed a large retinue of antisemitism in a split country, despite the Vichy collaborationist role in harassing the Jews and deporting over 72,000 to the death camps, the mantra “Happy as a Jew in France!” still persisted.

Article by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
22 December 2021
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-intifada-embroideryon-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage/

An Open Letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

Madam Director-General,

“Palestine” entered UNESCO in November 2011 to launch mayhem and I.D. theft. Since 2012, Jewish and Christian heritage have been trampled and stolen to validate a Palestinian narrative.

Editorial by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Alex Uberti published in The Jerusalem Post
15 December 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-consequences-of-deals-with-antisemitic-terror-688841

European governments struck ‘deals’ with Palestinian terrorists, in exchange for what was deemed ‘limited’ concessions and collateral damage, but in too many cases that meant expendable Jewish lives.

15 December 2021 1
Rome’s Great Synagogue. The 1982 attack was claimed to be a surprise to Italian authorities,
though they had been warned of threats to Jewish targets in Italy (photo Remo Casilli/Reuters).

On October 9, 1982 – the end of Sukkot – a group of five Palestinian operatives attacked the Great Synagogue in central Rome with hand grenades and submachine guns, killing a two-year-old – Stefano Gaj Taché – and wounding 37 worshipers.

Editorial by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Alex Uberti published in The Jerusalem Post
18 November 2021
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/is-the-star-of-italy-decorating-the-glory-of-palestinian-terror-opinion-685429

The educational deficit is a persistent obstacle to any form of dialogue with their Israeli neighbors and, by association, with Jews – and not only Jews.

18 November 2021 1
The Italian flag waves over the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy May 30, 2018 (photo Reuters/Tony Gentile).

We were shocked to learn that Sabri Saidam, a former Palestinian Authority education and higher education minister from 2015 to 2019 and currently deputy secretary-general of the Central Committee of Fatah, had been decorated with the prestigious “Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy.”