Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
17 April 2015

Coming in the context of this 70th Yom HaShoah, the statement by Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “…I have come to the conclusion that the jurisdictional basis for opening a preliminary examination into this situation [the crimes of ISIS] is too narrow at this stage” — is a betrayal of the ICC’s original aspiration to follow the historic example of the 1945-46 Nuremberg Tribunal.

That Court had criminalized the entire Nazi Party as a terrorist organization, which served as a basis for the Western allies’ de-Nazification policy, though abandoned with the onset of the Cold War.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
2 March 2015

Iceland is more than its tourist posters of geysers, volcanoes, the singer Bjork and the Northern Lights. It has now stretched antisemitism to new outer limits, rendering it almost a psychiatric disorder.

An Icelandic “artist”, Snorri Asmundsson, has posted a YouTube clip to the background of Israel’s natural anthem, HaTikva (The Hope), featuring a woman in a burqa pulled out of the frame by a man wearing a star of David armband, transvestites lampooning Israel’s Eurovision contest singer, Dana International, and two Down’s Syndrome young men dressed as orthodox Jewish Hassidim [HATIKVA by SNORRI ASMUNDSSON]

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
10 February 2015

The hash tag “Munich” evokes a key signpost to World War II. For the Jewish collective memory it symbolizes betrayal:

– September 1938, Neville Chamberlain’s kowtow to Hitler, brandishing his umbrella, justifying allied appeasement as “Peace in our time.” This was the prelude, less than two months later, to “Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) State pogrom that was to unleash the Holocaust. Munich 1938’s betrayal became synonymous with deletion from the map of the small democratic state of Czechoslovakia, as the appeasers fed the crocodile in order to be eaten last.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels
published in The Jerusalem Post
13 June 2012


In my youth in England, football was not considered an appropriate pastime for a good Jewish boy. 

Hence my passive appreciation of "the beautiful game" was platonic : "play" for the footballers, "tonic" for me. 

The 8 June opening of the Euro 2012 championship in Warsaw was a personal epiphany.