It is with great sadness that I must report that my friend David Littman, one of the foremost warriors for human rights of our age, has died today in Switzerland.
Longtime Jihad Watch readers will recall his many reports at this site (see here -- scroll down), recording his numerous valiant efforts to call the attention of the UN's Human Rights Council to the human rights abuses arising from Islamic law.
This was just one small part of his long, vigorous and multifaceted lifelong fight for justice. His heroic efforts to save Jewish children from Islamic supremacist persecution in Morocco in the early 1960s became the subject of a documentary, Operation Mural. He assisted his wife, the great historian Bat Ye'or, in her pioneering work to uncover the forgotten history of dhimmitude, the institutionalized mistreatment of non-Muslims under Islamic law. He wrote a great deal about that and related matters himself. And he did so much more besides to defend the oppressed and downtrodden, such that this would go on forever if I enumerated it all.
David Littman was a man of breadth and vision and humor, a man of astounding vigor such that even in his last years he was much more active and accomplished than many people half his age. He was a man of genuine compassion and true kindness, such that one encounters only very rarely these days. He was a delightful raconteur, an amiable dinner companion, a dear friend, a great soul.
The world will not see the like of David Littman again for a long, long time. May his memory be eternal.