M.J. Rosenberg writes on his blog about Elie Wiesel (who a few days ago wrote an ad of a whole page in newspapers like the New York Times about the 'Jewish attachment to Jerusalem'):
I am always intrigued by Elie Wiesel who seems to believe that, as a victim of the Holocaust, he is, by definition, a righteous man.
But he's not. Status as a victim does not confer righteousness. All Wiesel knows is that he suffered. He does not know what he would have done if he was a German, Pole, Ukrainian or...any of the other nationalities of Europe in whose midst Jews were murdered by the millions.
Would he have opened the door for the non-Jewish stranger if his life, and those of his family, would be jeopardized by doing so.
His actions indicate that he wouldn't. He is a great humanitarian, except when it comes to Palestinians (to whom he is indifferent). In other words, he is a humanitarian except in situations where his own tribe is perpetrating cruelty. But the test for any of us is not our empathy to our own, but our empathy to the other -- especially when "our own" is perpetrating the injustice.
Wiesel fails that test. And so do Israelis who do not fight to end the occupation. And their Jewish organizational cutouts here.
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