Elie Wiesel: People are no longer ashamed to be anti-Semites

Nobel Peace Prize laureate tells Ynet about never-ending struggle against anti-Semitism and recognition that it will likely never be defeated

Dr. Yoel Rappel   Ynet

Published: 01.28.14,

BOSTON – Prof. Elie Wiesel was supposed to be the keynote speaker at the inauguration ceremony of the new display at the Jewish pavilion in Auschwitz, the place where he was enslaved and lost his loved ones.

For personal reasons he was unable to attend the important event, but in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate told Ynet about the never-ending struggle against anti-Semitism and the recognition that it would likely never be defeated.

 The world is still silent

Prof. Wiesel, who coined the eternal expression “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims,” examines every significant occurrence with an overall view of world peace. To the same extent, he meticulously examines whether the memory of the Holocaust has been engraved in people’s minds, and whether there is a danger that the events of 1939-1945 will repeat themselves, and the world – as it was during those years – will be indifferent and silent. Continue reading

New York State Senate Steps Up With Anti-Boycott Bill

New York Senate Passes Anti Boycott Bill by 56-4

By: Yori Yanover  Published: January 29th, 2014
The Jewish Press

Bill S6438-2013, prohibiting “the use of state aid by colleges and universities to fund or provide membership in academic institutions that are boycotting a country or higher education institutions of a country,” was passed on Monday by the NY State Senate.

The NY Assembly is currently considering its own version, and should it pass, the unified version would be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign, ignore or veto.

Senators Montgomery (District 25, which includes Fort Green and Bed Sty), Perkins (District 30, Harlem), Rivera (District 33, West Bronx) and Sanders (District 10, South Ozone Park) voted Nay.

“This legislation sends a very simple message, which is that we should never ask taxpayers to support religious, ethnic, or racial discrimination. We need to marginalize the politics of intolerance whenever it rears its ugly head,” Senator Jeffrey D Klein, who represents District 34 (Riverdale and Westchester), said in a statement. ”I will not allow the enemies of Israel or the Jewish people to gain an inch in New York. The First Amendment protects every organization’s right to speak, but it never requires taxpayers to foot the bill.” Continue reading