Editorials

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 August 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Did-French-Caribbean-serve-as-Palestinian-terrorists-arms-route-598783

That attack was described by then-French prime minister Raymond Barre as “a bomb set for Jews that killed four innocent Frenchmen.”

August 9 marked the 37th anniversary of the Rue des Rosiers terrorist attack in the Paris Jewish Quarter – known as the Goldenberg Restaurant Massacre – which left six dead and 22 wounded. The attack was carried out by the notorious Abu Nidal Organization, the most common name for the Palestinian nationalist militant group Fatah-Revolutionary Council.

Blog by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Times of Israel
11 August 2019
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/refugees-an-example-for-the-world-moises-ville/

– Where can I buy varenikes? – At the shop around the corner.
– Ah,are they Jews? – No, they are Italian.

This dialogue, at the end of the second decade of the XXIst century, could take place at any major Metropolis in the world, but it is not from New York, Paris, or Buenos Aires. It occurred in a town in the northern Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, which, according to the 2010 census, houses 2425 inhabitants.

This village is Moises Ville.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
16 July 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-86th-victim-595882

International conference on counter-terrorism to open in Buenos Aires

On the 25th anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Mauricio Macri is slated to open an international conference on counter-terrorism.

This will be a commemoration of the 85 people murdered and more than 300 who were wounded that July 18, 1994.

However, over the proceedings looms the specter of the 86th victim, a personal friend, prosecutor Alberto Nisman, gunned down in the early morning of January 18, 2015.

That morning, Nisman was due to present findings of a lengthy investigation into the atrocity to the Argentine Congress.

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
11 July 2019
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/UNESCO-World-Heritage-Committee-Azerbaijan-restrains-Palestinian-mayhem-595394

11 July 2019 
A general view of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris (photo Reuters).

As the 11-day World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Baku winds down, it behooves us to review Jewish-related issues in the context of a UNESCO without the United States and Israel as members.

Of course, the perennial resolutions of Jordan and the Palestinians in Item 7 on “The Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls” and “Hebron/Al-Khalil with the Cave of the Patriarchs” have become banners in the battlefield of heritage.

Their cause had, however, become tempered among the Arab group and the larger number of Muslim member states:

Op-ed by Dr. Shimon Samuels published in The Jerusalem Post
4 June 2019

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/75th-D-Day-anniversary-A-Jewish-perspective-591594

In June 1940, that same stretch of water had seen “Operation Dynamo,” the evacuation of 338,226 British and French soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, cut off and surrounded by German troops.

4 June 2019
Men saved from Dunkirk (photo Jerusalem Post Archive).

Born in London one week after V-E Day, I was raised with an enormous respect for the power of water: the 21 miles of the English Channel that saved Britain from a German invasion – as well as the 330,000 British Jews among the 11 million listed for extermination by the Nazis, in their January 1942 Wannsee Protocol.