By Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
October 20, 2023

“When I first read Night I never dreamed I would meet Elie, much less that we would become friends… Elie implanted in my soul an unwavering insistence that we must educate every successive generation to exactly what happened, so that we can never forget the horrors of the Shoah. It was Elie’s life-long work to make sure each of us carried in our hearts that promise never again” – President Joe Biden, July 2nd, 2016

Thank you, President Biden, for keeping your promise — to your friend, and to the Jewish people.

It costs nothing to say “never again” when we think back to the Holocaust and the defenseless Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis.

Many say the words without a real sense of the moral clarity needed to act on them when the victim is being cast as the villain.

We have just seen the worst attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust. And in today’s environment of rampant antisemitism, it is in vogue in too many ignorant circles to blame the victim and spread modern-day blood libels.

Israel’s haters defame and hold the Jewish State to impossible standards, demanding that it abandon its obligation to secure its borders

Has any ally ever more forcefully repudiated the lie that Israel intentionally harms civilians than President Biden?

Could one ask more of an ally than to fly into an active war zone and show solidarity with our people at our darkest possible moment?

So many enemies of freedom are abusing their power on the world stage. Russia continues its unjustified aggression towards Ukraine. China threatens Taiwan and oppresses their Uyghur Muslims. Iran suppresses their people through morality police while they build nuclear weapons and construct a terrorist arsenal for Hamas.

President Biden, we pray for your ongoing strength as you lead the free world. Elie Wiesel believed that gratitude was one of the highest human qualities one could aspire to; and friendship one of the deepest joys available in life.

Thank you for your friendship with him, and with us. Thank you for standing strong against hate. Thank you for standing with Israel. Thank you for affirming the United States’ unwavering solidarity with Israel.

“So, in this moment, we must be crystal clear: We stand with Israel. We stand with Israel. And we will make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens, defend itself, and respond to this attack. There is no justification for terrorism. There is no excuse.” – President Joe Biden, October 10th, 2023

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