Video: Elie Wiesel at DurbanWatch

posted at 4:45 pm on September 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Few men speak on the issue of anti-Semitism more powerfully than Elie Wiesel. A Romanian native, Wiesel survived the Holocaust and stands as a gentle but firm witness to its horrors. He spoke today at the Durban Watch conference in marked contrast to most of the rest of the speakers, whose speeches tended towards denunciations of the UN. Alan Dershowitz was particularly fired up, and perhaps Pajamas TV will break that out into a separate video (they’re streaming it live), because it’s really worth watching.

Wiesel took a more philosophical approach, and in a way, he gave one of the most powerful speeches of the day. Wiesel noted that he was supposed to be one of the original architects of the Durban conference, but once he saw the agenda, he resigned. Wiesel traveled to meet with Kofi Annan and predicted that the entire exercise would become an eruption of anti-Israeli demagoguery and anti-Semitic fervor. After the predictable occurred, Wiesel told the audience that Annan called him and said, “You were right.”

In one of the more moving passages of the speech, Wiesel told us that after the end of the Holocaust he believed that it would take ten generations for anti-Semitism to show its face in public. Instead, the UN is celebrating it in his lifetime. If the Auschwitz example didn’t demonstrate what the end game of anti-Semitism is, Wiesel, wonders, what on Earth would? After watching Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s lunatic rantings today at the UN, I’m not sure what the answer is, either.

My apologies for the interruption of the speech; the camera unexpectedly shut down and had to be restarted.

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If the Auschwitz example didn’t demonstrate what the end game of anti-Semitism is, Wiesel, wonders, what on Earth would?

I would hazard a guess that Elie Wiesel is a liberal. They are the only ones who are constantly amazed that what someone declares to be their purpose actually turns out to be what they wanted. All those people at the Durban Conferance know what the score is… they just don’t care.

sharrukin on September 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Debbie Wascherman-Schulzzzzzzz owns you, Elie.

portlandon on September 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Check this idea out: Muslims are suffering BECAUSE they are anti-Semetic. Their own attitudes sabotage their success. Favoring their Muslim identity over identifying with humanity. Seeing others as second class. That’s a recipe for failure. Islam needs a reformation, or else it will fail, and maybe drag the rest of the world down with it. The hatred for Jews is taught at an early age, drummed into them as part of the culture and with propaganda such as cartoons and in madrasahs that teach nothing but the Koran. That’s not an education, that’s brainwashing.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

If the Auschwitz example didn’t demonstrate what the end game of anti-Semitism is, Wiesel, wonders, what on Earth would?

Unless you have visited Auschwitz, you can’t really even begin to understand the horror and evil that went on there.

Humanity has all to short a memory, and the memory of the holocaust fades more as survivors of the camps pass away.

simkeith on September 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Anti-Semitism in a nutshell…

The Jews are blamed by anti-Semitic capitalists for Communism.
The Jews are blamed by Anti-Semitic Communists for capitalism.

Anti-Semites claim that the Holocaust never happened … and regret that Hitler didn’t finish the job.

aunursa on September 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM

If the Auschwitz example didn’t demonstrate what the end game of anti-Semitism is, Wiesel, wonders, what on Earth would?

To the Ahmadinejad’s of the world, thats a feature, not a flaw.

DJ Rick on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Check this idea out: Muslims are suffering BECAUSE they are anti-Semetic. Their own attitudes sabotage their success. Favoring their Muslim identity over identifying with humanity. Seeing others as second class. That’s a recipe for failure.

Its worked for 1,400 years and running so it can’t be that unsuccessful.

Islam needs a reformation, or else it will fail, and maybe drag the rest of the world down with it.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Except they are expanding into Europe and making inroads in both of the America’s. Africa is being converted by violence and far too many walk on eggshells to avoid upsetting them.

They have little in the way of military forces and yet are challenging some of the most powerful nations in the world through the same techniques that won them wars in the past. Constant raids and sporadic attacks to force compliance. It worked then and its working now.

They don’t have the same goals we do, nor do they respect the same achievements we do. Scientific advancement doesn’t mean as much as submission to Allah for example, and they act according to their own set of values, not ours.

sharrukin on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I don’t know if I’d tell people Annan was a good friend.

MeatHeadinCA on September 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

From Elie Wiesel’s words…

… to God’s ears.

Seven Percent Solution on September 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Tribalism persists because it’s useful. But there’s a price.

VerbumSap on September 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Stalin and Hitler had nothing in common except their hatred of Jews? Really?

MeatHeadinCA on September 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Anti-Semitism in a nutshell…

The Jews are blamed by anti-Semitic capitalists for Communism.
The Jews are blamed by Anti-Semitic Communists for capitalism.

aunursa on September 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM

The far right hates them because they’re international and cosmopolitan, the far left hates them because they’re so successful they’ve become a counter example to the idea that we’re all the same.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM

whose speeches tended towards denunciations of the UN. Alan Dershowitz was particularly fired up, and perhaps Pajamas TV will break that out into a separate video (they’re streaming it live), because it’s really worth watching.

Yeah, that might be more interesting. I’m just not getting Wiesel’s rally to have the NYPD arrest Ahmadinejad for crimes against humanity and send him to the Hague.

MeatHeadinCA on September 22, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Well when will there be a serious debate in the Jewish community about the Democratic party and liberalism in general? When will the connection be made that an ideology which does not fight for economic freedom for all, is less likely to fight for civil freedoms for all? When will the connection be made that an ideology which promotes regulation over self determination will result in winners and losers being picked in every aspect of life? When will the connection be made that an ideology which shuns the religious people who treasure Israel the most, even if they themselves aren’t Jewish, is not the one they should ally with?

Modern progressives are very selective in who they believe should have protected rights; that is what happens when you group people as victims because eventually you will be choosing one group over another when inevitable conflicts arise. Progressives label one group as weak, another as powerful, and they attack the latter as much as possible. Israel is considered powerful to them.

Who has more in common with the National Socialists of 1930s Germany: The “extreme and racist” Tea Party movement, or the left wing Daily Kos crowd who demonize anyone that disagrees with them? Who would be more likely to pursue a foreign policy which causes harm to Israel?

Daemonocracy on September 22, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The far right hates them because they’re international and cosmopolitan, the far left hates them because they’re so successful they’ve become a counter example to the idea that we’re all the same.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Is this far right represented in any major Conservative movement? I don’t see anti-semitism in any major conservative movement or rally the way I see it constantly directed at Israel and on large left wing blogs like Kos. When Israel invaded Lebanon a few years back, these people were rooting for Hezbollah over Israel. You would never see that at a Glenn Beck Rally, at a Christian Coalition Rally, at a Tea Party Rally or at World Net Daily which have all been slandered as bigoted and hateful. I’m not sure about Ron Paul rallies, but he himself does not strike me as a bigoted man.

Daemonocracy on September 22, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Many years ago, I went to a lecture given by a couple who were holocaust survivors themselves. They met in a camp, fell in love. When they were liberated, they married. I had the privilege to meet them, hear their story, and talk to them.

It breaks my heart that people don’t see what happened, learn from it, and try like hell to see that it NEVER happens again. To anyone.

I never thought I’d see a rise of anti semitism in my life time either, and Elie has years on me. It’s just so heart breaking. I’m glad I taught my children to know better.

capejasmine on September 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

This was a very good line:

Human rights have become the permanent weapon of choice of those who practice human wrongs.
Alan Dershowitz 22 Sept 2011.

Blaise on September 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM

If the Auschwitz example didn’t demonstrate what the end game of anti-Semitism is, Wiesel, wonders, what on Earth would?

Well, maybe if the Jews didn’t vote at an 80% rate for the party that fosters antisemitism and gives it legitimacy

there are to many communists amongst the Jewish people and the resultant effort of diminishing Christianity won’t help them in the end

Sonosam on September 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I had the great good fortune to have a father in law who was a survivor. He went back to Poland and Auschwitz and Lodz with my nephew 8 years ago. The video my nephew took of my father in law visiting these places is haunting. He died 3 years ago and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him and the inhumanity he lived through.

Pelosi delende est on September 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

You must not know who Elie Weisel is.

Voter from WA State on September 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I know who he is, and as I recall he was torn between voting for McCain or Obama and he went on tour with Obama in Europe so are you suggesting he isn’t naive?

sharrukin on September 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

^^^^^^^^^^

touche’

Sonosam on September 22, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Forgive me if I offend the same people I hope to bless due to ignorance of customs…..

God Bless men of honor like Elie Wiesel…..
May humanity be spared another holocost…..
God Bless the children of Israel.

itsspideyman on September 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Stalin and Hitler had nothing in common except their hatred of Jews? Really?

MeatHeadinCA on September 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Follows right along with Elie’s wonderment that Auschwitz didn’t cure Antisemitism and not understanding why Jews are hated no matter what they do and also gives a clue that Elie like so many Jews might be collectivist even though it was a by product of collectivism that has killed so many people everywhere.

Speakup on September 23, 2011 at 2:29 AM