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Video: Another Problem from Hell? Adelson and Wiesel laud Rwanda’s Kagame

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At New York’s Cooper Union, where Abraham Lincoln launched his presidential campaign, I witnessed pro-Israel Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson laud the “military genius” of Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame while a crowd consisting mostly of Jewish Americans cheered. Organized by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the popular TV personality and failed New Jersey congressional candidate whose hapless campaign was bankrolled by Adelson, and hosted by NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, the bizarre event centered a discussion of the “strong protecting the weak” from genocide.

The evening’s guest of honor was Elie Wiesel, the 85-year-old Nobel prize winning author who Boteach compared to Nelson Mandela and hailed as “the prince of the Jewish people.” Wiesel joined Adelson in celebrating Kagame, lending his reputation as the world’s most famous Holocaust survivor to a man accused of propelling the worst genocide since World War Two and described by leading Rwanda expert Philip Reyntjens as “probably the worst war criminal in office today.”

When Wiesel urged the audience to speak up against injustice, a young human rights activist named Rob Conrad rose from the crowd, attempting to interject facts about Kagame’s role in supporting the M23 rebel militia that has fueled the genocide in the Congo, relying on child soldiers in a conflict that has left millions dead. Wiesel watched in silence as Kagame’s personal security detail ripped the protester from his seat, covered his mouth and manhandled him all the way to the exit door. The Congolese human rights activist Kambale Musavuli told me he was removed from the event by Rwandan security before it even began, raising questions about whether NYU’s Bronfman Center shared its list of attendees with Kagame’s personal detail.

After Boteach delivered a lengthy treatise on shared Israeli-Rwandan values, highlighting countless UN condemnations of both nations’ human rights violations as a positive trait, me and Alex Kane of Mondoweiss attempted to question him and his fellow panelists (no questions were allowed from the crowd during the event). Besides being the man Boteach described as “the very conscience of the six million martyred in the Holocaust,” Wiesel has been the chairman of Elad, a pro-settler organization that is orchestrating the demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem to build a biblical theme park. And Adelson was perhaps the most generous patron of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political career. We wanted to know what could be done to protect Palestinians from the individuals and ventures they supported. Naturally, they did not want to answer, though Adelson volunteered a dark fantasy to Kane: “You should have your mouth duct taped!”

Editor’s Note: See here for Alex Kane’s report on the event.

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  1. seafoid on October 7, 2013, 11:10 am

    It sounds like Tony Blair should have been there too.

    The Politics of Genocide – New Edition

    Foreword by Noam Chomsky

    by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

    “In this impressive book, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson examine the uses and abuses of the word “genocide.” They argue persuasively that the label is highly politicized and that in the United States it is used by the government, journalists, and academics to brand as evil those nations and political movements that in one way or another interfere with the imperial interests of U.S. capitalism. “

  2. amigo on October 7, 2013, 11:29 am

    The Image of that lift door closing at the very end says it all about these people.

    Compassion is the basis of all morality.

    Zionists are devoid of compassion , so consequently are devoid of morality.

    • seafoid on October 7, 2013, 11:46 am

      It is purely tribal. Like the Enlightenment never happened.

      • Walid on October 7, 2013, 1:40 pm

        seafoid, it’s more of a cult (à la Jonestown); the enlightenment passed it by on its road of tarnishing Judaism’s good name. It keeps stressing that Judaism, Zionism and Israel are a some kind of holy trinity; touch one and you touch all three.

        Bravo to Alex and Max on their perseverence.

      • yrn on October 7, 2013, 1:52 pm

        “Judaism, Zionism and Israel are a some kind of holy trinity; touch one and you touch all three.”
        Good morning Walid….. it is, you just slammed all Anti Zionist in the face and made it clear then can hide anymore.
        Ask yourself why.

      • seafoid on October 7, 2013, 3:18 pm

        It is a cult, Walid. You can see it in the lift scene. Deny everything. La la we’re not listening and you put your hands over your ears.

        I wonder what it is called in Hebrew.
        Tikkun the piss, maybe.

      • Walid on October 7, 2013, 4:22 pm

        Who’s hiding, yrn? I hope you didn’t take it as a compliment or a fact; I was just reiterating one of Zionism’s delusions.

      • seafoid on October 7, 2013, 5:29 pm

        It is such a rich vein of delusions as well. There must be enough for a one a day calendar for 2014.

      • kalithea on October 7, 2013, 11:48 pm

        There is no trinity. Israel and Zionism are one and the same, true, but Judaism has very little to do with either except for the fact that Zionists are Jewish and Israel is supposedly the Jewish state. It’s like saying Hitler was Christian. No doubt, Jesus would beg to differ.

      • Walid on October 8, 2013, 7:10 am

        “There is no trinity. ”

        Of course there isn’t kalithea, but try to convince the Zionists. They are the ones that keep harping on the 3 in 1 to create an anti-semitism shield to silence any criticism of Israel’s actions. It’s another of their gimmicks.

      • amigo on October 7, 2013, 1:42 pm

        “It is purely tribal. Like the Enlightenment never happened.”Seafoid

        I suspect the “Enlightenment” figured “The Light unto the Nations” didn,t need any more Light.

  3. OlegR on October 7, 2013, 11:41 am

    Blumenthal comes across as a real self righteous ass .

    • Cliff on October 7, 2013, 12:18 pm

      I’m sure the fake Russian Jew and IDF ‘reservist’ coward will enlighten us with a thorough well-sourced analysis as to why he believes what he believes.

      Oh hell, who am I kidding! It’s Oleg the resident hasbara horse’s ass.

    • amigo on October 7, 2013, 12:40 pm

      “Blumenthal comes across as a real self righteous ass .”olegless r.

      He is a veritable amateur compared to you oleg.

      One only has to browse through your archives to see that.

      Part of your DNA.


      But it is anything but perfect.

    • German Lefty on October 7, 2013, 12:51 pm

      Blumenthal comes across as a real self righteous ass.

      Really? Then you must have read a different article from a different Blumenthal.

      • OlegR on October 7, 2013, 4:02 pm

        I was talking about the video.
        The manner in which he talks to people when he is trying to be provocative.

      • Cliff on October 7, 2013, 8:55 pm

        Nah, Max is ok.

        You’re projecting your own biases onto him.

    • bintbiba on October 7, 2013, 2:16 pm

      Max Blumenthal is a hero , a true credit to the world of journalism, his family and his people… Oleg you really let yourself down by your vulgar remark.

      • OlegR on October 7, 2013, 4:04 pm

        I let myself a lot of times (an probably will do it again)
        but i am pretty sure speaking my mind about this dude is not one of them.

  4. bilal a on October 7, 2013, 12:07 pm

    In one of the letters dated March 10, 1984, from Chomsky to Rollins, we read the following:

    I’m very glad to hear that you are writing about Elie Wiesel, who is one of the major frauds of our time. His attitude towards Israel is essentially the same as that of the Communist party members towards the USSR, or of ‘good Germans’ towards the Nazis. (…)

    • German Lefty on October 7, 2013, 1:16 pm

      ‘good Germans’ towards the Nazis
      I am not sure what you mean by “good Germans”. As a good German, I hate the Nazis.

      • tokyobk on October 7, 2013, 3:05 pm

        “Good German” is an historical term to refer to the majority of Germans who, wile not having genocidal intent and being otherwise normal people, either tacitly supported, or did nothing to prevent, the rise of Hitler.

      • German Lefty on October 7, 2013, 3:22 pm

        @ tokyobk: Yes, that’s what I assumed. I only knew the term “good Jew”. An anti-Zionist Jew used it to refer to Zionist Jews.

      • W.Jones on October 7, 2013, 3:17 pm

        It’s good Germans in quotation marks. Being a “good German” means obeying the government and being “orderly”. Opposing the government would not be “orderly”, because the government ordered a ban on opposition. Wiesel is lauded as a hero, yet Blumenthal showed that he plays a role in promoting the abuse.

      • peeesss on October 8, 2013, 1:28 am

        being a “good German” means obeying the government and being “orderly”, because the government ordered a ban on opposition.
        Most “Americans ” remain “orderly” as its Government has caused the deaths of millions of innocents this past “seven decades” that Obama has extolled as US “Exceptionalism”. Must I mention, Korea, Vietnam,Iraq 1 and 11. , overt, covert operations, assassinations, , support of Dictators who murder their own with US support , encouragement, arms I.E. Indonesia, East Timor. And all of us here in the US have more ways to confront this government than the Germans did under the Nazi’s. Will history speak of “the Good Americans” one day as we speak of the German people. ?

  5. Keith on October 7, 2013, 2:06 pm

    What this despicable charade represents is that American Zionist Jews like Adelson, Boteach, and Wiesel are staunch supporters of Israel, empire, and militarism. Make no mistake, Rwanda under Kagame is a US vassal state. Zionist support for this mass-murderer facilitates the achievement of imperial objectives.

    “The United States has financed and given overall direction to the worst genocide since World War Two, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1996, Washington has drenched Congo’s eastern provinces in the blood of over six million people. The governments of Rwanda and Uganda, the direct perpetrators of this holocaust, are in every sense of the word agents of U.S. foreign policy, who operate with impunity under the imperial umbrella.” (Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report)

    • seafoid on October 7, 2013, 3:37 pm

      “Peter Eichstaedt’s short book, Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World’s Deadliest Place*, takes up the story where Jason Stearns leaves off. Eichstaedt, a formidable journalist and Africa expert, traces the whole grimy trail of exploitation. It begins with ragged villagers digging the gold, tin, or coltan (used in computers and cell phones), continues up through the militias who tax the diggers ruthlessly, on to the négociants who in turn sell to the comptoirs in the eastern Congo cities of Goma or Bukavu, who deliver the ore to international smelting corporations, mostly in Asia. So far efforts to smash this chain—which still finances the militias in their campaigns of mass rape and massacre—have been unsuccessful.”

      Israeli brokers are up to their necks in this dystopia of raw capitalism and genocide.

    • seafoid on October 7, 2013, 3:47 pm

      Christiane Amanpour on good genocide vs bad genocide

      • kalithea on October 8, 2013, 12:05 am

        The U.N. should address the issue of: Bad South African apartheid vs “good” Israeli apartheid.

        And here I thought genocide and apartheid were crimes against humanity no matter where they occur.

      • seafoid on October 8, 2013, 9:44 am

        Amanpour can only get emotional about bad apartheid.

      • Walid on October 8, 2013, 7:53 am

        That excessive manifestation of passion is got to be from all that pillow talk, seafoid, and you know who’s doing all the talking.

  6. Kathleen on October 7, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Alex to Ellie “you don’t know anything about Cast Lead?”

    Ellie “not really” That is a lie and so shameful on Wiesel’s part

    • PeaceThroughJustice on October 7, 2013, 3:18 pm

      A young Christopher Hitchens had this to say about Wiesel:

      “Is there a more contemptible poseur and windbag than Elie Wiesel? I suppose there may be. But not, surely, a poseur and windbag who receives (and takes as his due) such grotesque deference on moral questions.”

    • seafoid on October 7, 2013, 3:43 pm

      Wiesel is full of crap

      “I don’t believe anyone is superior”

    • Chu on October 7, 2013, 4:37 pm

      Eli Weisel: ‘Not Now…’ (your ruining my image)

      What a terrible group of people, but all strikingly incredible Opportunists
      -which no one can deny.

      I like how Max and Alex shoved their hypocrisy right back in their face . Too bad there weren’t 10 more reporters with the same aggression.

      • Kathleen on October 7, 2013, 6:31 pm

        Polite and great tag teaming. Relevant, articulate questions. Matter of facts. Go Max and Alex

  7. DICKERSON3870 on October 7, 2013, 3:38 pm

    RE: Adelson volunteered a dark fantasy to Kane: “You should have your mouth duct taped!”

    MY COMMENT: Vive la différence*! ! !
    * vive la différence –

  8. Woody Tanaka on October 7, 2013, 4:03 pm

    “The evening’s guest of honor was Elie Wiesel, the 85-year-old Nobel prize winning author who Boteach compared to Nelson Mandela”

    Uggh. I don’t know which is more vomit-inducing: the fact that Mr. Boteach dirtied Mandela’s name or that the Weasel just sat there and let it happen.

  9. kalithea on October 8, 2013, 12:00 am

    Birds of a feather. Can Wiesel sink any lower? No doubt Zionism will make it possible.

    Oh, and guess who attended in spirit? Clue: His name starts with “H”.

    • Chu on October 8, 2013, 11:29 am

      I get it. Corey Booker, should nave been there with his friend Shmuley. That guy never misses an opportunity to be an opportunist either.

  10. eGuard on October 8, 2013, 6:29 am

    Few blacks in the audience (see 2:39+ for example).

  11. NickJOCW on October 8, 2013, 10:20 am

    The whole thing looks like a Samuel Beckett play, are you sure it wasn’t?

  12. Chu on October 8, 2013, 11:34 am

    I’d say this sideshow with Kagame was a net loss (-1) for Zionism, Shmuley must been thinking that at the end of the night. But when you see people like that dough eyed girl talk about Weisel, it seems that it’s easy to accept a fabricated reality that someone foists upon their system of beliefs.

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