Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel announced this week in a full page ad in the New York Times and Washington Post that he will attend Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.
Wiesel urges Obama: Join me in hearing Netanyahu’s case against a nuclear Iran
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“How can I remain silent?”
Via News Alert:
Prominent US Rabbi Shmuley Boteach announced Thursday that he was placing full-page advertisements in the newspapers.
Elie Wiesel is a Nazi concentration camp survivor.
His parents and sister were murdered by the Nazis:
In 1944 the Nazis deported the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Elie’s mother and a sister were murdered there; he and his father were sent to the attached work camp Auschwitz III Monowitz. In January 1945, the two were marched to Buchenwald, where his father died.
Wiesel, pictured here in Buchenwald, is in second row, seventh from the left.
Shmuley.com reported on the ad campaign:
Signifying the urgent threat that a nuclear Iran portends for Israel and the rest of the world, Mr. Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, directly addresses President Obama, Vice President Biden and distinguished members of Congress, and asks them to support Mr. Netanyahu’s right to call attention to the crisis. In the advertisement, Mr. Wiesel states, “As one who has seen the enemies of the Jewish people make good on threats to exterminate us, how can I remain silent?”
“I plead with you to put aside the politics that have obscured the critical decisions to be made. Surely it is within your power to find a solution that will permit Israel’s Prime Minister to deliver his urgent message. Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?”
“There are few personalities more respected and admired in the entire world than Professor Wiesel,” said Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Executive Director of This World. “He represents a conscience of mankind. As someone who witnessed the devastating genocide of the Jews first hand, Professor Wiesel clearly understands the stakes of an Iranian nuclear power. He is the living face of the 6 million victims of the Holocaust.”
This is not the first time Mr. Wiesel has been involved in controversy or in an advertisement. Last summer, during the height of the Israel-Gaza conflagration, the London Times rejected a provocative ad featuring the Nobelist, citing concern for reader sensitivities.