Elie Wiesel: 'World Must Intervene to Stop Gadhafi'

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel described the tumultuous events in several Arab states as "winds of insanity that pass through history every now and then."

Shlomo Shamir
Shlomo Shamir
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Shlomo Shamir
Shlomo Shamir

NEW YORK - "The world must intervene immediately and stop Muammar Gadhafi," Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel said yesterday, referring to the Libyan leader.

The Jewish-American writer, professor, Holocaust survivor and world-renowned human rights activist told Haaretz that "if the reports about the number of people killed among the demonstrators in Libya are correct, the world cannot stand by. It must intervene to stop Gadhafi."

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel speaking to reporters outside the White House in Washington, May 4, 2010.Credit: Reuters

"The question is, who will stop him?" Wiesel added.

He described the tumultuous events in several Arab states as "winds of insanity that pass through history every now and then."

"Occasionally winds of change pass through history. The Crusades were winds of insanity, the [Spanish] Inquisition was a burst of insanity winds and now it is happening in the Middle East. Of course, on a different level the Holocaust was also a wind of insanity, but I've always refrained from making comparisons," he said.

For the former Auschwitz prisoner, Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi epitomizes the culmination of "winds of insanity."

"But there have also been positive winds [of change] throughout history," he continued. "The fact that thousands of young people, including children, are demonstrating in the streets against tyrannical, bloodthirsty rulers is also insane - but in a good way."

Wiesel revealed that when he was in Davos, Switzerland a few years ago, Gadhafi's son visited him and presented him with a formal invitation from his father to visit Libya.

"We promise you anything you ask. If you ask us to build a synagogue, we'll agree," Wiesel recalled Gadhafi's son telling him. "Of course I refused the invitation," Wiesel said. "I always object to being used by a dictator."

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

NOW: 40% OFF
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

הקלטות מעוז

Jewish Law Above All: Recordings Reveal Far-right MK's Plan to Turn Israel Into Theocracy

איתמר בן גביר

Why I’m Turning My Back on My Jewish Identity

Travelers looking at the Departures board at Ben Gurion Airport. The number of olim who later become yordim is unknown.

Down and Out: Why These New Immigrants Ended Up Leaving Israel

Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco as Mia and Lucia in "The White Lotus."

The Reality Behind ‘The White Lotus’ Sex Work Fantasy

The Mossad hit team in Dubai. Exposed by dozens of security cameras

This ‘Dystopian’ Cyber Firm Could Have Saved Mossad Assassins From Exposure

מליאת הכנסת 28.12.22

Comeback Kid: How Netanyahu Took Back Power After 18 Months in Exile