Elie Wiesel: Poseur for Peace

Grosso, Joseph
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/06/elie-wiesel-poseur-for-peace/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  06/07/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19614

In the midst of another Israeli operation in Lebanon, this one in 2006, Wiesel stood in front of a crowd in Manhattan (along with then Senator Hillary Clinton) and declared "Israel defends herself, and we must say to Israel 'Go on defending yourself.'" His final years didn't slow him down. Wiesel took out a full page ad in newspapers across the country during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict fully supporting Israel's effort (Human Rights Watch went on to document several instances of war crimes by the Israeli military) without a syllable about diplomacy except that 'before diplomats can begin in earnest the crucial business of rebuilding dialogue…the Hamas death cult must be confronted for what it is'.

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