It took years, but eventually the Jewish establishment put its considerable muscle behind the Free Soviet Jewry movement. Wiesel was a featured speaker at large rallies and utilized his growing moral authority to press for the liberation of Russian Jews.
While my remembrance is different from those who have spoken of Wiesel since his death two weeks ago, I cannot forget the special circumstance that gave me a warm and humorous view of the man whom the Nobel Prize Committee described as a “messenger to humanity.”
Political leaders, media and the informed public routinely, unambiguously and rightly condemn terrorist attacks against American, Belgian, French, Danish or Indonesian targets. But when it comes to terrorism, not all victims are equal.
The consulate’s resources help to empower the smaller communities with the facts, faces and a more personal connection to Israel during a time when Israel continues to be under fire and tensions in our country run high.