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London Times refuses to run Elie Wiesel ad denouncing Hamas’ human shields

London Times refuses to run Elie Wiesel ad denouncing Hamas’ human shields


The London Times refused to run an ad featuring Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’ use of children as human shields.

The ad sponsored by The Values Network, which was founded by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, has run in The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among other U.S. newspapers. The refusal was first reported by the New York Observer.

The London Times refused the ad because “the opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers,” according to a statement from a representative of the newspaper, the Observer reported.

Headlined “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas turn,” the ad began running last week. It reads, in part: “In my own lifetime, I have seen Jewish children thrown into the fire. And now I have seen Muslim children used as human shields, in both cases, by worshippers of death cults indistinguishable from that of the Molochites.

“What we are suffering through today is not a battle of Jew versus Arab or Israeli versus Palestinian. Rather, it is a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. It is a battle of civilization versus barbarism.”

Countering the London Times statement, Boteach said in his own, “Elie Wiesel is one of the most respected human beings alive, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and is the living face of the Holocaust. No greater expert on genocide exists in the whole world. His call for the end of child sacrifice by Hamas, who use children as human shields, and a stop to their genocidal charter, which calls for the murder of Jews everywhere, could only offend the sensibilities of the most die-hard anti-Israel haters and anti-Semites.”

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Elie Wiesel Accuses Hamas of Child Sacrifice

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Elie Wiesel Accuses Hamas of Child Sacrifice

In Massive Advertising Campaign Organized by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s This World: The Values Network, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel Condemns the Terrorists of Hamas for Using Children as Human Shields

New York, NY August 1, 2014 – In a stirring advertising campaign organized by Rabbi Shmuley’s organization, This World: The Values Network, which seeks to disseminate universal Jewish values in politics, media, and culture as well as defend the State of Israel, Nobel Peace Laureate, Elie Wiesel, invokes the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac to frame the modern conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Wiesel states that though Abraham lifts his knife to sacrifice his own son Isaac, his hand is stayed by God’s own command, thereby rejecting child sacrifice forever. He added that, “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.” Prof. Wiesel argues that while the suffering of those in Gaza is immense and a true tragedy, the blame lies solely with Hamas who use children as human shields and stores rockets and ammunitions in nurseries, schools, hospitals, and family homes.

This World Founder Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, stated, “Our purpose is to bring one of the greatest moral voices or our time and one of the most respected human beings alive, who bore witness to the atrocities of genocide and the Holocaust, to respond to the ugly and fraudulent criticisms of Israel and call for an end to the genocidal aspirations of Hamas.”

Rabbi Boteach added, “Hamas’ charter is clear — they seek the annihilation of the State of Israel and the murder of Jews wherever they may be found. Not only is it unreasonable to ask Israel not to defend itself against rockets launched and tunnels dug by Hamas with the intent to destroy, it is also deeply immoral. If Israel did not resist the terrorists of Hamas, it would be guilty of contempt for the lives of its own citizens. We all lament the loss of Palestinian life brought about by the murderous Hamas regime. This is especially true of the children. That is why we have produced this advertising campaign with Elie Wiesel, to stop the terrorist cowards of Hamas from hiding behind innocent children and pregnant women.”

The ad campaign includes full page ads in leading American publications including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, as well as an extensive social media campaign. The advertisements begin running on Friday, 1 August and continue throughout the coming days in various publications. A television advertising campaign is also planned.


Rabbi Boteach added, “Our organization seeks to promote universal Jewish values and the light of the Jewish people. Israel is the supreme embodiment of these Jewish values, in which we all take such immense pride. Israel is a culture of life which promotes the infinite value of life while Hamas is a gay- murdering, women honor killing, deeply misogynistic, stone-age, barbaric terrorist death cult, dedicated to genocide. Hamas is an affront to peace-loving Muslims everywhere who should join us in its condemnation. And we Jews will join the fight with our brothers in Israel against Hamas until peace prevails.” For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Lauren Hovey at Rubenstein Public Relations on 212.843.8392,



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The shocking murder of the three missing Israeli teens is a crime of unparalleled cruelty. In that they were killed for no other reason than being Jewish, it has holocaust dimensions to it.

This was not about war, not about occupation, not about humiliation at checkpoints– but rather Palestinian murders of breathtaking brutality carried out simply because these harmless three boys wore kippot, tzitzit, and were identifiably Jewish. This is perfectly in line with Hamas, who has already acknowledged that the suspected murderers are members, whose charter calls for the indiscriminate slaughter of Jews wherever they may be found.

If the targeting of innocent civilians by terrorist organizations is not wrong, then morality has no meaning. If the world will not be shocked to its core by these cold-blooded killings, than nothing can shock it. And if Muslim clerics do not rise up to condemn the murderers among them then a great world religion will be sullied, tarnished, and made morally irrelevant.

I have long preached how we Jews owe a debt of gratitude to Islam for welcoming us in after repeated Christian expulsions, especially from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1498. Islam, as a religion of more than a billion people, is stained and blemished by those who murder in its name. How much more so when those killed are three young boys who were studying in a religious academy.

The world’s Rabbis all joined to condemn Baruch Goldstein’s loathsome murder of innocent Arabs at prayer in February, 1994. I was on British TV calling it abomination. Now that 3 innocent young Jews were found right outside Hebron, their bodies mutilated, will our Muslim brothers rise to the occasion and purge the terrorists from among them?

The moral equivalency between Hamas members targeting teenagers for murder with Israel striking Hamas in Gaza to stop rocket fire on schools is itself morally repugnant. The Ten Commandments say, “Thou shalt not murder,” rather than “Thou shalt not kill.” Murder is the taking of innocent lives in cold blood. Killing is protecting the innocent from murderers as an act of self-defense. There, in a nutshell, is the difference between the bloodthirsty criminals of Hamas and Israel.

We are all equally children of the one God, and Imams must rise up to condemn these murders even more than Rabbis.

Hamas’ values are an utter disgrace to the principles of Islam. Hamas is motivated not by Palestinian freedom but by hatred of Jews. Although Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas’ charter continues to call for genocide against Israel and the Jewish people, which is what led directly to the murder of these innocent boys: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, O Muslims… there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

How could President Obama and John Kerry accept a unity government that has Hamas as a co-member? Does the US not believe that their reprehensible policy of legitimizing murderers will not lead to their being emboldened and commit further acts of carnage? Would the US ever accept an Arab government anywhere in the Middle East that has Al Qaeda as a partner? Would the memory of 3,000 innocent Americans at 9/11 allow it? Would the memory of thousands of dead American soldiers in Iraq allow it? Would the hallowed remains of thousands more in Afghanistan allow it?
In the murder of these three innocent teens, we see the immediate danger of allowing the West Bank to be controlled by Hamas, which is what would happen should Israel withdraw. Hamas came to power in 2006 in Gaza; they channeled the billions they received as the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid into rockets rather than hospitals, bombs rather than universities. And they intentionally launch their rockets from nurseries and schools rendering the innocent Palestinian population human shields, not surprising for an organization which regularly murders Palestinian homosexuals under the false accusation of collaboration and engages in honor killings of young Palestinian women whose only crime is to have a boyfriend. And they send killers, like these from Hebron, to pray on the naiveté of innocent teens to get them into cars, thinking they’ll go home, only to be brutally murdered in caves.

The civilized world, and not just Israel, must dismantle the Hamas terrorist infrastructure. Hamas has coiled itself around Gaza like a poisonous viper and, as we see from the loss of these three teens, controls innumerable terrorists in the West Bank.

While the brotherhood of man may continue to elude us in an increasingly violent world, an agreement between clerics of all religions to condemn murder is something upon which we must insist. I call upon my Muslim brothers to join me us condemning – in the harshest possible words – the brutal and vile murder of three innocent boys whose parents will now mourn for the duration of their days.

May God be their comfort.

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Talks about Lust, Gwyneth and Apple

Secrets and danger are erotic, says celebrity rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Bow-tay-ach), and they can save a marriage.
(Celebrity rabbi? Whoever heard of such a thing? Yes, really. Check out his bio.)
The author of bestselling Kosher Sex will be talking at IdeaCity at 9:23 a.m.Thursday about values and relationships — how we relate to each other and to the world.
And, of course, he’ll be talking a lot about sex.
So how does an Orthodox rabbi come to be so interested in sex and preaching about it?
“I wouldn’t say ‘sex’,” he says, speaking by phone from New York. “Relationships. Because of my parents’ divorce. Marriage — and what makes it go wrong and what makes it go right.”
You’ll be surprised at what Rabbi Shmuley believes about what makes marriage go bad.
“Love,” he says, is the culprit.
That’s what he’ll talk about Thursday at ideacity, he told me: “that love has destroyed marriage and relationships.”
The very foundation is flawed, he insists.
“Love is a very weak force. It’s comfortable but it’s not a nuclear force. It doesn’t have the power to keep a relationship going.”
What does?
“Deep, unquenchable lust,” says Rabbi Shmuley, “is what a relationship is supposed to be built on.”
He refers to the “conscious uncoupling” of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. They’re typical, he says, of European relationships that aren’t expected to last but rather are serially monogamous.
“They didn’t even get upset. Because it wasn’t about irreconcilable differences. It was because of erotic boredom.”
In other words, love may be the bricks that build a marriage but lust is the cement that holds it all together.
“I believe that at the core of marital corrosion and rot is loss of desire,” he says. “It’s the 900-pound gorilla in the room. Money and kids become more important than each other. In an unhealthy marriage, kids come first.”
So how can lust be maintained as relationships and people age?
By following the example of how the late Steve Jobs marketed Apple products, says the Rabbi,who admits to having been fascinated by Jobs.
“He didn’t want people to love Apple products. He wanted to people to lust after his products.”
And lust,” he says, “is based on unavailability, mystery and sinfulness. Lust is not necessarily of the flesh and is not determined by age. Jobs could make people lust after a phone! And we are capable of bringing that lust to marriage.”
Jobs did three things to provoke lust, says Rabbi Shmuley. He made people wait for his products (unavailability), he never talked about his products (mystery) and he always positioned Apple as the rebel, the upstart (sinfulness).
Marriage, he says, does the opposite. “It’s about constant availability, absence of mystery and it’s legal! We need to rethink the institution of marriage.”
Talking about secret sexual fantasies can be one way re-ignite lust, he suggests.
“The average wife has fantasies about other men,” he says, basing his assertion on counseling “thousands of women.”
“But husbands don’t know that,” he says. “The average husband thinks his wife is only attracted to him. They should quiz their wives about the men they’re fantasizing about.”
But, um, isn’t that kind of dangerous? Can husbands really handle that knowledge?
The rabbi has a ready answer.
“What they handle even more poorly is a wife they don’t lust after,” he says. “There’s no such thing as erotic lust without danger. Sanitized love is a bore.”
And people go to extreme lengths to escape that.
“Having an affair, becoming a porn addict, is that not dangerous?” he wants to know.
For men, he says, “the real erotic thrill is the thrill of the chase.
“Having a wife constantly available leads to boredom. Men have to be involved in this erotic game, erotic flirtation.”
And more often than not, they don’t know how to play that game with their wives.
Provocatively, Rabbi Shmuley has written about how “men make the mistake of thinking that a wife wants primarily to be loved, when in fact she principally wants to be desired…they are primarily looking for lust. A woman wants to be wanted, needs to be needed, desires to be desired.”
But for many long married couples, he says, marriage becomes “ a pragmatic partnership: making and raising children, shared values, finances. But who wants a partnership at night? You want someone you pine to come home to.”
The good news for couples is that you don’t need a new body to experience lust.
“I believe that real variety comes through ‘vertical renewal’ as opposed to ‘horizontal renewal’,” he explains. “With horizontal renewal, you need a new body to remain sexually interested. Vertical renewal means finding newer and deeper erotic aspects of the same person.”
Rabbi Boteach will have a lot more to say about relationships and sex at ideacity, even though he’s scheduled for only the usual 20 minutes allotted to each speaker.
“But they told me that, for me, it’s a Jewish 20 minutes,” he says.