Editorials

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 May 2015
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Will-anti-Semitic-literature-at-Arab-book-fairs-aid-recruitment-to-terrorism-402755

Arab book fairs give us a unique insight into the obsessive-compulsive nature of anti-Semitism.

This is particularly the case for the Saudi and Gulf State fairs of the past weeks, as these governments find themselves in a tactical “engagement” with Israel against the common threats from Iranian nuclear designs, Tehran-sponsored Shi’ite mayhem, and Sunni radicals.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
30 April 2015
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/argentine-foreign-minister-hector-timerman-is-no-theodor-herzl/

Argentine Foreign Minister,Hector Timerman, has demonstrably and “irrevocably” excommunicated himself from the AMIA – Argentina’s premiere Jewish welfare, education and burial society – demolished by an Iranian Jihadist bomb in 1994, leaving 85 dead and 300 wounded.

By this personal act, he has rejected his Jewish education values and destiny – among them burial in a Jewish cemetery – and has, apparently, abandoned the Argentine victims of this Tehran-sponsored aggression.

By publicly announcing this action and reportedly charging the AMIA with obstructing Argentine national interests – in other words treason – it could be argued that he has exposed Argentina, once again, to grave threats from reactivated Iran-sponsored Hezbollah sleeper cells on Argentine soil, as were identified by the commonly presumed slain AMIA Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman.

Timerman has now invidiously compared himself with the Zionist champion and visionary, Theodor Herzl.

Herzl sacrificed himself in defence of the Jewish people and is buried among them in Jerusalem.

Shimon Samuels is Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
17 April 2015
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/nuremberg-betrayed-isis-and-the-international-criminal-court/

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
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/icelands-new-antisemitic-threshold-a-psychiatric-illness/

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
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/munich-to-munich-a-symbol-of-betrayal-or-warning/

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.