Wiesel's account of the holocaust in his novel "Night" broadened the 20th century European understanding of Nazi horrors, as well as tightened world Jewry by breaking generational barriers. At the same time, Wiesel opposed Palestinian liberation, supported the illegal American invasion of Iraq, and stood beside the Rwandan dictator Kagame who is responsible for the deaths of millions.
Two years after militant Zionist group Irgun killed 91 people at the King David Hotel in 1946, Wiesel joined them in Israel to contribute to their newspaper as a translator. Though the King David Hotel bombing is one of the Irgun's most notable terrorist attacks, there were about thirty other attacks before 1948, the year Wiesel joined for the group.
Many years later, at the start of 2014's Sukkot, Wiesel wrote in reference to Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem, "we salute the Zionist action in Jerusalem of those involved". Of course, Israeli settlers in Jerusalem and the West Bank not only make the "two state" peace proposal less than feasible, but they also actively worsen Palestinian livelihood by increasing segregated roads and foreign military presence. In this time, it is impossible to support both settlers and peace.
Unfortunately, Wiesel's support for terror doesn't end in Palestine. It extends to the east in Iraq, where he legitimized the destruction of the country by saying "there were no other means" to disarm Saddam Hussein. Half a million murders later, no weapons of mass destruction were found. The primary reason Iraq was invaded was fabricated, and since this discovery many have questioned the legality of the war, including the United Nations secretary general. Wiesel was right about one thing, though: he said the Iraq invasion would "change the world," and it sure did (for worse).
While Wiesel stood on stage next to Kagame, Congolese men and women stood outside protesting him. Musavuli, one of the protestors from Friends of the Congo, said Kagame had a hand in the deaths of six million by fueling proxy armies. Ironically, Wiesel and Kagame were on stage opposing another genocide in Syria: a heinious display of selective empathy.
Hundreds of holocaust survivors and family attacked Wiesel for his politics in 2014, specifically on Palestine. The letter, signed by 300 in the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, reads: "we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel's abuse of our history in these pages to justify the unjustifiable: Israel's wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of more than 2,000 Palestinians." Despite this, Wiesel acted as if he spoke for all holocaust survivors especially in his support for the Gaza war, and mainstream media ate him up for fitting the narrative. Tonight, American president Barack Obama praised Elie Wiesel on Twitter, after neglecting pro-Palestine holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein's death less than two months earlier.
Wiesel was exactly what goyim politicans want us to be, and that is why he is being hailed as a man of peace despite his record directly contradicting his description. The public must remember this complicated man exactly as he was - complicated.
We must thank Wiesel's profound impact on world Jewry, as we must apply his teachings of love in "Night" to all beings who suffer, including Palestinians.