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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776

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Holocaust Author and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel Dead at 87

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel who in 1986 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, is dead, according to a Saturday announcement by Yad Vashem. He was 87 years old. Wiesel died in his New York home. He was survived by his wife, his son and two grandchildren.

Wiesel was born in in Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), in the Carpathian Mountains, on September 30, 1928. Wiesel’s mother, Sarah, was the daughter of a Vizhnitz Hasid who spent time in jail for helping Polish Jews enter the country illegally. Wiesel’s father, Shlomo, encouraged him to learn Hebrew and to read literature, while his mother encouraged him to study the Torah. Wiesel had three siblings – older sisters Beatrice and Hilda, and younger sister Tzipora. Beatrice and Hilda survived the war and were reunited with Wiesel at a French orphanage. They eventually emigrated to North America, with Beatrice moving to Canada. Tzipora, Shlomo, and Sarah did not survive the Holocaust.

In 1944, the German army deported the Jewish community in Sighet to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Wiesel and his father were sent to the work camp Buna, a subcamp of Auschwitz III-Monowitz. He managed to remain with his father for more than eight months as they were shuffled among three concentration camps in the final days of the war.

On January 28, 1945, just a few weeks after the two were marched to Buchenwald, Wiesel’s father was beaten by an SS guard as he was suffering from dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion. He was also beaten by other inmates for his food. He was later sent to the crematorium, only weeks before the camp was liberated by the US Third Army on April 11.

For ten years after the war, Wiesel refused to write about or discuss his experiences during the Holocaust. However, a meeting with the French author François Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and a discussion he had with the Lubavitcher Rebbe were turning points for him. His first memoir, in Yiddish, titled, And the World Remained Silent, was published in Buenos Aires. He rewrote a new version of the manuscript in French, which was published as La Nuit, and translated into English as Night. Wiesel had trouble finding a publisher and the book initially sold only a few copies.

In 1960 Hill & Wang agreed to pay a $100 pro-forma advance and published it in the United States in September that year as Night. The book sold only 1,046 copies, but attracted interest from reviewers, leading to television interviews with Wiesel and meetings with literary figures such as Saul Bellow. “The English translation came out in 1960, and the first printing was 3,000 copies,” Wiesel said in an interview. “And it took three years to sell them. Now, I get 100 letters a month from children about the book. And there are many, many millions of copies in print.”

Night has been translated into 30 languages. By 1997 the book was selling 300,000 copies annually in the United States alone. By March 2006, about six million copies were sold in the United States. On January 16, 2006, Oprah Winfrey chose the work for her book club. One million extra paperback and 150,000 hardcover copies were printed carrying the “Oprah’s Book Club” logo, with a new translation by Wiesel’s wife, Marion, and a new preface by Wiesel. On February 12, 2006, the new translation of Night was No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list for paperback non-fiction and the original translation placed third.

Wiesel and his wife started the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He served as chairman for the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust (later renamed US Holocaust Memorial Council) from 1978 to 1986, spearheading the building of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, during which he pleaded for US intervention in Yugoslavia after a visit there in 1992.

Wiesel and his wife invested their life savings, and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity invested nearly all of its assets (approximately $15.2 million) through Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, an experience that caused Wiesel deep pain.

JNi.Media

Archbishop Tutu’s Nobel Nominee: Arab Murderer Of Christian Monk

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

An unrepentant Palestinian terrorist convicted of murdering a Christian clergyman has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize – by one of the world’s most prominent Christian clergymen.

In a letter to the Nobel Prize committee in Norway, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa announced his nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: Marwan Barghouti, currently serving five consecutive terms of life imprisonment for five counts of murder, including masterminding the murder of a Greek Orthodox monk, Georgios Tsibouktzakis, near Ma’ale Adumim in 2001.

Father Tsibouktzakis is one of the many victims of Palestinian terrorism whose name has long been forgotten by most people. Born in Saloniki, Greece, Tsibouktzakis decided at an early age to devote his life to study and prayer. Patriarch Deodoros I of the Greek Orthodox Church sent him to Jerusalem in 1990 for his training. He was ordained a monk in December 1993, and assigned to the St. George Monastery. In 2000, he was elevated to the priesthood. Situated on a ledge in Wadi Kelt, in the Judean desert just outside Jerusalem, St. George’s Monastery was an ideal place for a life of quiet contemplation and worship.

According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Father Tsibouktzakis was well known and admired by residents of the area and, especially by hikers who frequent Wadi Kelt. A Ma’ale Adumim police spokesman recalled how the monk once used his jeep to help retrieve the body of a tourist who died after falling into the wadi. On another occasion, he helped the police when two Israeli youths were murdered in the wadi by Palestinian terrorists.

Father Tsibouktzakis’s life of spiritual devotion was cruelly cut short on Tuesday night, June 12, 2001. He was driving from Jerusalem back to the monastery when a Fatah Tanzim gang under the direction of Marwan Barghouti opened fired on his car. Tsibouktzakis, just 34 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Here’s what Tutu wrote about the terrorist who murdered Tutu’s fellow-clergyman: “He is a symbol of the “struggle for freedom, [which] constitutes a clear signal of support for the realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights, including to self-determination.”

Not that this is the first time Tutu has spoken up for Barghouti. In fact, the South African clergyman is a member of a group called the International High Level Committee of the Campaign for the Freedom of Barghouti and all Palestinian Prisoners.

There is no “International High Level Committee” to speak up for Barghouti’s victims. That would not interest Tutu. He could not care less about Yoela Cohen, the young woman shot to death by one Barghouti’s gangs at a gas station near Jerusalem on January 15, 2002; or Salim Barakat, Yosef Habi, and Eli Dahan, who were stabbed to death by Barghouti’s killers in a Tel Aviv restaurant, on March 5, 2002.

I suppose those who are familiar with what Alan Dershowitz has called Tutu’s “long history of ugly hatred toward the Jewish people, the Jewish religion and the Jewish state” will not be surprised by Tutu’s embrace of Barghouti.

Tutu has denounced the “Jewish lobby” as “powerful” and “scary.” He has complained about Jewish “arrogance.” He has minimized the Holocaust, saying “the gas chambers” made for “a neater death” than did apartheid. He has complained about what he calls “the Jewish monopoly of the Holocaust,” while at the same time urging the Jewish people to “forgive the Nazis for the Holocaust.”

According to Tutu, Zionism has “very many parallels with racism,” the ancient holy temple in Jerusalem was similar to South African apartheid, and the Palestinians are enduring a fate similar to that of the Jewish slaves in Egypt. No wonder the late Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum of the American Jewish Committee concluded that Tutu harbors a “classic anti-Judaism that feeds his constant pattern of anti-Jewish attitudes.”

Archbishop Tutu has also been a vocal champion of the BDS movement. In 2011, an appeal by Tutu and other South Africans resulted in the University of Johannesburg canceling its joint project on biotechnology and water purification with Ben-Gurion University. Tutu’s accusations against Israel were characterized by Ben-Gurion University officials as “a collection of lies.”

So perhaps it makes perfect sense that Tutu considers Marwan Barghouti a hero. Barghouti fights Israel with bombs and bullets; Tutu fights Israel with slander and boycotts. The fact that the victims of Barghouti’s bullets include one of Tutu’s fellow-Christian clergymen merely adds a thick layer of irony to Tutu’s appalling record. Welcome to Wonderland.

Stephen M. Flatow

Israel Blasts Desmond Tutu’s Nomination of Terrorist for Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Joshua B. Dermer/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Israeli officials expressed outrage on Wednesday over former South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s nomination of Marwan Barghouti, a convicted terrorist, for the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday. Barghouti was convicted in 2004 of ordering the murder of five Israeli citizens and is now serving five life sentences.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of public security, and Eli Ben-Dahan, the deputy defense minister, blasted Tutu’s nomination of Barghouti in remarks to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) on Wednesday.

“The attempt to make the arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti a legitimate nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize is ridiculous and poses a moral contradiction for anyone who wants peace,” Erdan told TPS in a statement communicated through his spokesman, Shai Mordov. “Barghouti is an abhorrent terrorist who is responsible for the murder of innocents and belongs in jail for the rest of his life. Presenting him as a candidate for the [Nobel] Prize is an unethical, illegitimate act that will only distance any chance to achieve true peace in our region.”

“Shame on religious figures who support the murderer of women and children as a Nobel Prize candidate,” Ben-Dahan, himself a rabbi, told TPS. “Barghouti is a convicted terrorist, who even today still calls for the murder of Jews. Barghouti’s way leads to the death of innocents.”

“The very mention of his name in the same sentence as the Nobel Peace Prize is a ridiculous insult to the prize,” added Ben-Dahan.

Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in ending South African apartheid, wrote a letter on Monday to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating Barghouti for the prestigious prize, describing him as “a symbol of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom.”

“Marwan is also an active advocate and defender of democracy and human rights, including women’s rights, and of pluralism, both religious and political, in a region and a world that desperately needs such advocates,” Tutu wrote.

Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for his role in leading terrorist activities during the first and second intifadas that included dozens of suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. He is a former leader of the Tanzim, a militant faction of the Fatah party currently headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, that took credit for many of the murders during the bloody Second Initfada in the early 2000’s. In 2014, he called for the launch of a third intifada.

Roger Friedman, Tutu’s spokesman, declined a request by TPS to comment.

Tutu is a frequent critic of Israel and outspoken proponent of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) campaign against Israel. During a visit to Israel in 2009 he argued that Jews should “forgive” the Nazis and that Palestinians are “paying penance for the Holocaust” – remarks that earned censure from Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

Tutu was affiliated in the past with the Peres Center for Peace, the organization of Israel’s former president and prime minister Shimon Peres – himself a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

As of Wednesday morning Tutu’s name still appeared on the Peres Center’s website as an honorary board member, TPS discovered, but the page containing his name appears to have since been removed. A spokeswoman for the Peres Center declined to comment on Tutu’s remarks or the website.

Barghouti is regarded by PA Arabs as a political prisoner and potential successor to President Abbas, as he consistently garners widespread support in polls for potential Palestinian Authority elections. Yet to Israel – and to the families of the five victims for whose murders he sits in jail, as well as dozens of others for which Barghouti was acquitted on account of insufficient evidence – he is an arch-terrorist.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Rabbi Israel M. Kirzner Predicted to Win Nobel Prize

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Rabbi Israel M. Kirzner has been short-listed to be among predicted winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in the field of economics.

The rabbi is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at New York University, NYC, NY.

Science Watch.com is predicting Kirzner will become a Nobel Laureate for his advancement of the study of entrepreneurism.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Three Americans Win Nobel Awards in Economics

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Non-Jews finally have taken home some Nobel awards, although not officially Nobel Prizes.

After an almost embarrassingly large number of Jews  who won a vast majority of the prizes awarded this month, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday honored Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller  for their “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.”

The award in economics is not a Nobel Prize as such, a category reserved for the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, literature and peace, as designated by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel in 1895.

The Central Bank of Sweden added the economics prize in 1968.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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