- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday rebuked comments by pro-Palestinian Jewish journalist Max Blumenthal, son of longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal, regarding the recent death of Holocaust survivor and political activist Elie Wiesel.

“Secretary Clinton emphatically rejects these offensive, hateful, and patently absurd statements about Elie Wiesel,” Jake Sullivan, senior policy adviser to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.

Max Blumenthal, senior writer for Alternet, took to Twitter less than an hour after the news broke Saturday that Wiesel had died at age 87, the Post reported.

“Elie Wiesel is dead. He spent his last years inciting hatred, defending apartheid & palling around with fascists,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote.

He then posted a series of tweets linking to articles, saying Wiesel “denied Armenian genocide” and “repeatedly lauded Jewish settlers for ethnically cleansing Palestinians in East Jerusalem.”

“Elie Wiesel went from a victim of war crimes to a supporter of those who commit them,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote. “He did more harm than good and should not be honored.”

Mr. Sullivan said Mrs. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, believes the comments are “wrong in all senses of the term.”

“She believes that Max Blumenthal and others should cease and desist in making them,” Mr. Sullivan said. “Elie Wiesel was a hero to her as he was to so many, and she will keep doing everything she can to honor his memory and to carry his message forward.

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