Max Blumenthal, the controversial anti-Zionist writer and son of long-time Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, sparked a firestorm on Sunday with a series of Twitter posts lambasting Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel, who passed away on Saturday.
Blumenthal, an outspoken opponent of the Jewish state who has in the past compared Israel to ISIS, ripped Wiesel’s support for Israel, characterizing Wiesel’s pro-Israel views as support for “ethnic cleansing”, apartheid, and ‘incitement’.
“Elie Wiesel is dead. He spent his last years inciting hatred, defending apartheid & palling around with fascists.”
“Elie Wiesel repeatedly lauded Jewish settlers for ethnically cleansing Palestinians in East Jerusalem.”
"Elie Wiesel will be remembered by Palestinians for his racism and his propaganda services to their oppressors, ethnic cleansers and killers."
Despite Wiesel’s public declaration that the mass-murder of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I constituted genocide, Blumenthal also accused Wiesel of denying the massacre.
“Elie Wiesel denied Armenian genocide & opposed memorializing gay & Roma Holocaust victims”.
On Tuesday Blumenthal reiterated what he described as “criticisms” of Wiesel in an article published by Alternet, accusing Wiesel of manipulating the legacy of the Holocaust and endorsing Israel’s “unspeakable crimes”.
Later on Tuesday Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign released a statement “rejecting” comments made by the younger Blumenthal regarding Wiesel.
“Secretary Clinton emphatically rejects these offensive, hateful, and patently absurd statements about Elie Wiesel,” senior Clinton advisor Jake Sullivan said to the Jerusalem Post. “Elie Wiesel was a hero to her as he was to so many, and she will keep doing everything she can to honor his memory and to carry his message forward.”
Max Blumenthal’s father, Sidney Blumenthal, was found to have given then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advice on foreign policy issues, including US-Israel relations, in emails to her private email server.
Despite having no formal position in the administration, and being rejected by White House officials for a potential State Department job, Blumenthal remained a trusted confidant to the Secretary throughout her term.