I was just reading a Haaretz story about the orchestrated Israeli government campaign against Human Rights Watch in response to the latter’s support for the Goldstone Report. The article noted that Elie Wiesel signed a letter to the Guardian which praised Robert Bernstein’s bitter, disjointed diatribe against HRW in the NY Times Op Ed section. But this passage really stood out:
Human Rights Watch said that the criticism has come from right-wing blogs, but also from Israeli non-profit groups, such as NGO Monitor in Jerusalem, which is funded by U.S. donors and includes Elie Wiesel on its advisory board.
I can remember when I was a teenager in the 1960s, my rabbi took me to hear Elie Wiesel speak at local synagogues throughout the N.Y. metropolitan area. In those days, Wiesel was viewed as a cross between a Jewish saint and seer. Night had just come out and he was THE Jewish witness to the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust.
But Elie Wiesel has long since ceased serving that role. He is morally conflicted about opposing the Occupation fearing that his opposition will be used against Israel by anti-Semites or some such. This perspective has long ceased to have any legitimacy if it ever did.
The news that Wiesel sits on the board of one of the most odious far-right Israeli NGOs seals the deal as far as I’m concerned. Wiesel might as well be a Likudnik (maybe he is). Henceforth, I will consider him such.
Here are the other NGO Monitor board members with whom Wiesel is keeping company : Judea Pearl, Alan Dershowitz, Martin Gilbert, James Woolsey AND Elliot Abrams. You know what happens when you lay down with dogs like these…