Did you know morality is for sale? No? Well, as far as Elie Wiesel is concerned it is. If the Palestinians had $500,000 THEY might find moral favor in Elie’s eyes as well. You see, since Bernie Madoff blew Wiesel’s foundation assets, I guess he’s found a need to sell his scruples to the highest bidder. Last year that would’ve been John Hagee, before whose Christians United for Israel conference Wiesel pronounced the anti-Semite and homophobe his “dear pastor” (see video):
For delivering one speech to Hagee’s congregation, Wiesel received a check for $500,000 toward his foundation, according to Marita Styrsky, the wife of Christians United for Israel Eastern Regional Director Victor Styrsky (Christians United is Hagee’s lobbying arm).
To be fair, CUFI wouldn’t call this an honorarium or speaker’s fee. For them it was a donation for a good cause. But you and I both know that were it not for the cool half-mill, Elie would’ve told Hagee to take a powder.
It makes you wonder what and who might be paying (if anyone is) for Wiesel’s activism against Iran? Or is that based on “pure” moral principles as opposed to mercenary moral principles? Perhaps Ahmadinejad ought to invite Wiesel to give a lecture in Teheran for a mill. Maybe Wiesel would change his point of view.
And the next time you hear of some good deed performed by the Elie Wiesel Foundation remember it’s probably funded by a man who said that Hitler was half-Jewish and doing the work of the Lord, John Hagee.
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Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.