Posted: February 3, 2017
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
On the evening of January 29th, GSF founder Jacqueline Murekatete, joined Hollywood actors and actresses, prominent media personalities, and renowned Holocaust and Genocide prevention activists to remember and pay tribute to the late Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize winner and Holocaust survivor who was a prominent voice on the Holocaust and a genocide prevention activist.
At the event, participants also reflected on the current immigration ban by President Donald Trump which discriminates against people, including refugees, coming from a number of prominently Muslim countries.
Many recalled that before the Holocaust began, many Jewish families desperately tried to get a refugee status to the United States and were refused entry based on the same type of unfounded fears and xenophobia which many see as behind President Trump’s immigration ban. Many legitimate refugees of mass atrocity crimes have already been refused entry to the United States as a result of the ban.
Others stated over and over again that if Elie Wiesel was still alive today, he would have spoken out in the strongest terms about the current immigration ban which he would certainly have seen as discriminatory and dangerous.
GSF founder emphasized the need to constantly be vigilant and to fight any type of discrimination and the “us vs them” mentality which can lead to tragedies such as the Holocaust or the other Genocides which have followed the Holocaust.
Learn more about the evening honoring Elie Wiesel here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ellen-burstyn-david-hyde-pierce-join-marathon-reading-elie-wiesels-night-970475« Back to News + Blog