In 2018, Congress passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Act, which establishes a mechanism for using government resources to monitor and call attention to current acts of genocide. On May 10, the Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib—along with five of her far-left fellow lawmakers—submitted a resolution to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs invoking the act to condemn “Israel’s ongoing Nakba against the Palestinian people.” Elisha Wiesel, after whose late father the law was named, comments:
Rabbi Leo Dee lost his wife and two daughters last month to cold-blooded murderers. He spoke recently about his desire to understand their killers. “I want to meet the parents and siblings of the terrorists and ask them two questions. What did they think they would accomplish with what they did and what is their vision for the future—what do they want for their grandchildren?”
The mother of one of the terrorists gave her answer in a televised interview. “Praise be to Allah for granting him [martyrdom]. We should fight them with our children, with our money, with our families, with our fingernails. We should devour the Jews with our teeth.”
We [Jews] know what it means to be devoured. . . .
The Elie Wiesel Genocide Act is needed now more than ever. No help has come yet for the Rohingya in Myanmar. And it will take incredible community building by Americans of all faiths and parties to advocate effectively for the Chinese Communist Party to turn away from genocide against the 1 million Muslim Uyghurs estimated to be imprisoned in concentration camps in Xinjiang.
My father spoke for those who had no voice. Now my father is gone, and his life’s work is being obscenely, needlessly cheapened, distracting from the real work ahead of us.