Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
22 August 2018
Simon Wiesenthal and the organization that bears his name have drawn on the lessons of the Holocaust as an international early warning system for Jews and other victims, for the defence of democracy and human rights.
The degree of antisemitism is a guide to those threats.
The “Corbyn factor ” is not limited to the United Kingdom, though domestically, it can become a threat to public order.
Its seeds set a tripwire, able to infect the global system and personified by Corbyn as a possible Prime Minister and, as such, a ‘world leader’ – a threat that must be confronted globally.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Algemeiner
23 July 2018
A display in Buenos Aires of pictures and names of victims of the 1994 AMIA bombing,
in which 85 people died and hundreds more wounded. Photo: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci.
In the aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967, my new Argentine wife and I flew to Buenos Aires to meet her family. This began an intimate relationship with the country and its Jewish community.
On a working trip during the late ’70s when Argentina was under a military dictatorship, I visited news editor and journalist Jacobo Timerman in his jail cell to discuss his eventual release to Israel, thus establishing a difficult relationship with his son Hector, who was destined to become Foreign Minister and play a disturbing role in the AMIA case.
Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
12 June 2018
Palestinian and Iraqi Trojan horses at Paris Restitution Committee
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has saluted the new director-general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, for assiduous denunciation of politicization throughout her first six months in office. Azoulay’s commitment to bring back the organization to a policy of depoliticization and consensus sends a powerful message to the United States and Israel to consider postponing their notices of departure.
Open letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels and Dr. Ariel Gelblung published in The Times of Israel
8 May 2018
Paris and Buenos Aires, 7 May 2018
H.E. Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique
President of Chile
We have learned that you will be receiving this week the Holocaust denying antisemitic Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas.
We understand that Chile has the largest number of citizens of Palestinian origin outside the Palestinian Territories.
We are certain that the Abbas visit can only serve those who wish to transplant the Middle East conflict to Latin America, with devastating consequences for the small Chilean Jewish community.
Open letter by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
6 May 2018
“As leader of the British Labour Party, your silence has endorsed a new form of hate: antisemitic sexual abuse.”
Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn (photo Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
As a Labour Party member, my uncle, Simon Bromberg in 1936, had joined in fighting off the British Union of Fascists – against the Oswald Mosley Blackshirts – in the so-called “Battle of Cable Street,” in London’s heavily Jewish East End.
Born at the end of the World War II, I was raised acutely aware that 25 miles of water – the British Channel – had saved my family from the Holocaust on the opposite shore.