Editorials

Blog by Shimon Samuels posted on The Times of Israel
<http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/unesco-the-road-to-the-abyss>
3 May 2017

On Israel’s 69th Independence Day, the 58 member-states of the UNESCO Executive Board voted yet another pro-Palestinian resolution denying Israeli/Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

The resolution passed as expected with 22 votes ‘yes’ to 10 votes ‘no’ ( Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Paraguay, St.Kitts Nevis, Togo, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States) marking the disunity of the European Union and African,Caribbean and Latin American possibilities for breakthrough.

Following the vote,Germany exulted at recognition in the text of Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem as holy for the three monotheistic religions. Argentina noted the political content that has its place elsewhere. Brazil concurred. The United States condemned deepening politicization that erodes UNESCO’s prestige. Sweden recognized efforts of Palestinian and Jordanian amendments adding that, as European unity was impossible we voted yes. The Israeli Ambassador, wrapped in an Israeli flag, exclaimed ‘here we are and here we Stay’. Jordan stressed that on the Holy sites of Jerusalem both Muslim and Christian sites are of highest priority. The Palestinians closed with this vote will not change our policy. We will continue to fight for Palestine and Jerusalem.

More worrying was the little-noticed vote for the follow up “cultural” resolution 31 on “Israeli military confrontations in the Gaza Strip…prevention of Palestinian school children and students from exercising fully their right to education…Israeli censorship of the Palestinian curricula of schools and universities in East Jerusalem…calling on UNESCO to preserve the human, social and cultural fabric of the occupied Syrian Golan…”

This resolution passed 18 ‘yes’ to 1 ‘no’ (the United States) with 39 abstentions

The next step in this exponential I.D. theft of the Jewish and Christian narratives will take place at the July UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland where its 21 member-states will vote yet again on Jerusalem and possibly – on the Palestinian wish-list – Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The most dramatic events, however, will happen in November at the General Conference of all member-states. There the new Director-General will be elected – a hot favourite being the Minister of Culture of Qatar Likewise, the new Chairpersons of the General Conference and of the Executive Board will be appointed.The hot tickets – wait for it!

-For General Conference: Saudi Arabia

-For Executive Board: Iran (this is no nightmare… it is for real!)

At that moment, UNESCO will stand at the edge of the abyss. Will it take a giant step forward?

Op-Ed by Shimon Samuels published in the Jerusalem Post
28 December 2016

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Obama-after-Obama-476600

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President Barack Obama walks from the rostrum after speaking at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 21. Photo Reuters

The UN move may be seen as an indication to the career of “Obama after Obama.”

The UN Security Council resolution was hardly a surprise (see the December 1 Jerusalem Post oped by this author, “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream”).

Op-Ed by Shimon Samuels published in the Jerusalem Post
1 December 2016
http://m.jpost.com/#article=6022QzhCRTUzN0U1MENENDgwRTIyMDgwOEUzODY3OEE0QTI=

Remember the 1960s anti-war folk song, “Last night I had the strangest dream I never dreamed before, I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war”? It was just sullied by 1984 Orwellian “double think.”

Last June, France convened a halfday meeting of 25 invited European and Arab states, plus the United States, to seek a resolution to the Middle East conflict, billed as “the French Peace Initiative” – while markedly announcing that Israel was to be excluded.

Redolent of the Munich Agreement of 1938 reached behind the back of the doomed Czechoslovakia, “Paris 2016 peace” seemed more likely, in “double think”, to presage war at the cost of Israel.

France is bent on holding a brief, full-blown conference to rubber- stamp a draft resolution for the United Nations Security Council that would recognize Palestinian sovereignty and demand Israeli withdrawal, within one year, to the 1949 armistice lines that were effaced by the 1967 Egyptian-Jordanian- Syrian invasion.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
14 December 2015
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Climate-change-Another-front-for-attacks-on-Israel-437312

“The anti-Israel offensive was launched not by BDS marchers, but by European and UN diplomats endorsing delegitimization of one of those 195 member-states hosted by France.”

14 Dec. 2015
Environmentalists demonstrate near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, as the World Climate
Change Conference 2015 (COP21) meets, December 12, 2015 (photo Reuters).

The much-vaunted United Nations COP21 Climate Talks opened on November 30 in the suburban former Le Bourget airport under “red” security conditions in a traumatized Paris, a week after the terrorist massacre that took more than 130 lives.

More than 40,000 people convened with the extravagant aim to save the planet for future generations by containing global warming and curbing greenhouse gas emissions, even though resistance to the conditions of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol at subsequent gatherings wrapped the current Summit in skepticism.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 November 2015

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/What-began-with-the-Jews-has-crossed-a-new-threshold-for-Europe-434290

Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism in Europe only serve the mutual enemies of both Israel and Europe.

16 Nov. 2015
A woman holds a candle as she pays her respect at one of the attack sites in Paris,
November 15, 2015 (photo Reuters).