Nobel laureate and Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel was dragged from an elevator and roughed up during a peace conference at a San Francisco hotel last week, police said Friday. The author was not injured.
The assailant approached Wiesel in an elevator February 1 at the Argent Hotel and requested an interview, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.
When Wiesel consented to talk in the hotel's lobby, the man insisted it be done in a hotel room and dragged the 78-year-old off the elevator on the sixth floor, Gittens said.
The assailant fled after Wiesel began to scream, and Wiesel went to the lobby and called police.
Gittens said police are investigating the incident as a crime. He said investigators were aware of a posting at an anti-Semitic Web site in which a man claimed responsibility for the attack, but declined to comment further.
Wiesel couldn't be immediately reached for comment at Boston University, where he teaches, or through his institute in New York.
Wiesel, who survived the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II, has worked for human rights in many parts of the world and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
I find the AP story oddly restrained and uninformative. It seems obvious that this was an attempted kidnapping that Mr. Wiesel thwarted by screaming his head off.
The website alluded to in the story is called ZioPedia (which I will not link to...if you really feel the need you can find it with the info given) which is more than simply anti-Semitic, although that is the jumping off point for all of their other flights of fancy.
To give you a morbid taste of what the place contains, here is part of the confession of the attacker:
On February 1st, at approximately 7:30 p.m., I attempted to get a confession out of the "Pope of the Holocaust religion," Elie Wiesel. We were in an elevator in the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. He was on his way to the 36th floor Penthouse. I had planned to bring Wiesel to my hotel room where he would truthfully answer my questions regarding the fact that his non-fiction Holocaust memoir, Night, is almost entirely fictitious.
After ensuring no women would be traumatized by what I had to do (I had been trailing Wiesel for weeks), I stopped the elevator at the sixth floor. I pulled Wiesel out of the elevator. I said I wanted to interview him. He protested, grabbed at his chest as if he was having a heart attack. He then screamed HELP! HELP! at the top of his lungs. This is someone who in his public appearances, speaks so softly, that when he appeared on Oprah, they had to use subtitles throughout. Wiesel had dropped this phony persona and assumed his actual personality, of an insane lunatic.
I told him, "Why, you don't want people to know the truth?" His expression changed, and he began screaming again. HELP! HELP! So, after pulling him about fifteen feet out of the elevator, alerting a few floors, I decided that it was time for me to go. He was no use to our worldwide struggle for freedom if he had a heart attack.
Evidently this group is very Palestinian heavy. It should give pause to those in the anti-war movement about who they are willing to make common cause with. It WON'T, but it should. If you read the ZioPedia rants about Gitmo they certainly look like those found on many/most leftist blogs.
Guilt by association? You bet your ass. Some associations are too disreputable to be acceptable on any level. I wouldn't care if, hypothetically, the KKK came out in favor of a flat tax, it wouldn't be acceptable for the Heritage Foundation to work with them in any way, shape or manner.
Same with these...people. Kick them out of your anti-war rally, excoriate them in your publications and on your blogs, and for the love of all that is holy don't try and hide behind the "You can be anti-Zionist without being a racist." Empirical evidence is showing that is simply false.