BY LAZAR BERMAN AND JTA February 13, 2015, 6:13 am
Elie Wiesel to attend Netanyahu speech to Congress
In full-page ad, Nobel Prize winner expresses firm support for ‘keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America’
Reuters reported that prominent US Rabbi Shmuley Boteach announced Thursday that he was placing full-page advertisements in The New York Times and The Washington Post featuring Wiesel’s endorsement.
In the advertisement, Wiesel asks, “Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?”
“He is the face of the murdered 6 million,” Boteach told Reuters. “So I think that his view on the prime minister’s speech sounding the alarm as to the Iranian nuclear program carries a unique authority that transcends some of the political circus that has affected the speech.”
But controversy continues to swirl around the planned address. On Wednesday, at least five more black lawmakers said they would not attend Netanyahu’s talk, Politico reported.
Three leading Congressional Black Caucus members had already announced they would not attend.
The Hill, meanwhile, surveyed Jewish Democrats and found that 14 out of 27 intended to attend. The sole Jewish Republican, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), has pledged to attend.
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