To Hell with Elie Wiesel
Before Israel’s 1967 war, the most famous advocate for the memory of the Shoah was a Holocaust survivor named Bruno Bettelheim. He was a psychologist who warned that the lessons of the Shoah were universally applicable. After Israel’s 1967 conquest, Elie Wiesel became the foremost purveyor of the Holocaust because his brand of Jewish exceptionalism and Holocaust mysterianism resonated with Zionist apologists.
- On Afro-Judaic relations: “The people who take their inspiration from us do not thank us but attack us. We find ourselves in a very dangerous situation. We are again the scapegoat on all sides… We helped the blacks; we always helped them… I feel sorry for blacks. There is one thing they should learn from us and that is gratitude. No people in the world knows gratitude as we do; we are forever grateful.” (This was after the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, and the American Jewish Committee went to court to oppose affirmative action).
- On the presence of Muslims at an interfaith Auschwitz ceremony: “Were we not forgetting … Mufti Hajj Amin el-Husseini of Jerusalem, Heinrich Himmler’s friend?” (The Mufti supported the Nazis, but had no role in the Holocaust. Wiesel insinuates that all Muslims bear some responsibility for the Holocaust).
- He tried to get an international conference on genocide in Tel Aviv cancelled. The reason: academic sponsors included sessions on the Armenian Genocide, against the wishes of the Israeli government. (Elie Wiesel is therefore a Holocaust denier of a different sort.)
- Charged $25,000 plus chauffeured limo to speak at events.
DO NOT LIONIZE ELIE WIESEL. HE HAS TRANSFORMED THE MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST INTO A WEAPON FOR NEOLIBERAL COLONIALISM.
NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE, NOT JUST US.