Wiesel: If Ahmadinejad Were Assassinated, I Wouldn't Shed a Tear

Nobel winner Elie Wiesel gathers signatures from 50 other winners for petition denouncing Iran leader.

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Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel said on Tuesday that if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were assassinated, he would not shed a tear.

"Ahmadinejad is a danger to the world and pathologically sick," Wiesel said during an interview on Army Radio. "He is dangerous because he openly wants to destroy Israel, meaning, to destroy another six million Jews."

Over the last few weeks, Wiesel has gathered signatures from more than 50 Nobel laureates across the world for a petition denouncing Ahmadinejad. The petition will be published in The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.

The letter condemns Iran's severe human rights violations and warns that Iran's nuclear program is a danger to humanity. The petition is part of Wiesel's worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the threat he says Ahmadinejad poses to world peace.

When asked whether any Muslims had volunteered their signature, Wiesel said: "There aren't many Muslim Nobel winners, but the one that I do know signed it."

"We all know that Ahmadinejad - an open anti-Semite and the world's biggest Holocaust denier - intends to destroy Israel and bring disaster to the entire world," Wiesel told Army Radio commentator Razi Barkai.

Wiesel told Haaretz last week that he was using his ties with world leaders and heads of state and appearing at international conferences to warn of Ahmadinejad's intentions.

"Governments must stop Ahmadinejad and put him on trial at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on charges of open incitement for genocide," he said.

Wiesel blasted Judge Richard Goldstone, saying his report on the Israeli offensive in Gaza was "a crime against the Jewish people."

"One thing is clear, that document was unnecessary, and that man [Goldstone] who has a good reputation, who I have known for many years, should have declined the offer to head the committee, because of the anti-Israel mandate which called for it's establishment," Wiesel said.

Wiesel, who was deported from his hometown of Sighet in Transylvania to Auschwitz, is demanding Hungary open its Nazi-occupation era archives. This would expose the extent of the Hungarian police and army's persecution of the Jews, he said.



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