An appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, from the Association for World Education, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union:
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Monday, 16 April 2007 (11:00 a.m.)
Appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour
To speak out unequivocally to the PA against any “direct and public incitement to commit genocide”(IIIc)
Madam, on 30 March 2007 — the last day of the fourth session of the Human Rights Council — Hamas spokesman Dr. Ismail Radwan ended his “prayers to Allah” in a sermon with these words, broadcast on the Palestinian Authority”s TV:
“The Hour [Resurrection] will not come until the Muslims will fight the Jews and the Muslims will kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: “˜Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!–
And he concluded, to a packed mosque audience, with a call for “Jihad-fighting worshippers”:
“We must remind our Arab and Muslim nation, its leaders and people, its scholars and students, remind them that Palestine and the Al Aqsa mosque will not be liberated through summits nor by international resolutions, but it will be liberated through the rifle. It will not be liberated through negotiations, but through the rifle, since this occupation knows no language but the language of force”¦O Allah, strengthen Islam and Muslims, and bring victory to your Jihad-fighting worshippers, in Palestine and everywhere”¦ Allah take the oppressor Jews and Americans and their supporters!” (Cf. Charter, art. 13)
The relevant video of this sermon can be seen on the Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin (12 April 2007).
Madam, we wish to draw your attention again to article III (c) of the Genocide Convention, which states clearly that: “Direct and public incitement to commit genocide” shall be punishable. Since 1989 we have frequently warned the Commission on Human Rights, the Sub-Commission on Human Rights, and for the past decade the HCHR, that the 1988 Charter of Hamas is genocidal.
As noted in written statement E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/NGO/41, HAMAS is committed to an eternal jihad against “the Jews” — until Allah’s victory is implemented. The land of Palestine must be cleansed from their impurity and viciousness. Muslims are obliged to fight and kill the Jews wherever they find them.
The HAMAS Charter’s Article 7, in its conclusion, states: “HAMAS aspires to implement Allah’s promise, whatever time it may take. The Prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: “˜The Hour [Day of Judgment] will not come until the Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! Oh Abdullah! [Slave of Allah], there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. This will not apply to the Gharqad tree, which is a Jewish tree.–
This genocidal call is justified by a hadith, a controversial “˜saying” attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and described by the authoritative 9th century compilers al-Bukhari and Muslim — that since 1988 has become a commonplace belief among Islamists. On 12 April 2002, the PA-nominated Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi delivered a Friday sermon at Gaza City”s main Sheikh Ijlin Mosque, broadcast live on the PA”s TV. He quoted extensively from this hadith — even including the curious reference to the “Jewish” Gharqad tree, in preaching his specific genocide against “Jews” — and a global Jihad for all humanity.
“We believe in this hadith. We are convinced also that this hadith heralds the spread of Islam and its rule over all the lands (…) “˜from the ocean to the ocean “.” Sheikh Madhi concluded: “Oh Allah, accept our martyrs in the highest heaven (…) Oh Allah, show the Jews a black day (…) Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters (…) Oh Allah, raise the flag of Jihad across the land (…) Oh Allah, forgive our sins.” And, on 13 July 2003, a Palestinian academic, Dr. Hassan Khader, founder of the Al Quds Encyclopaedia, quoted this hadith during a lecture on the PA”s TV. (see PMW Bulletin, 14 July 2003)
Madam, we ask you, as High Commissioner of Human Rights, to speak out unequivocally to the Palestinian Government and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference against this incitement to commit genocide. It should be made clear that this culture of hate and death — a “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” — is condemned by the OHCHR and the international community.
RenÃ© V.L. Wadlow / David G. Littman / Roy W. Brown (Representatives to the UN in Geneva)