An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour from the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Association for World Education, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Monday, 23 April 2007 (10:00a.m.).
On PA”s ongoing “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” (1948 Genocide Convention: Article IIIc)
On 13 April 2007, at a mosque in Sudan, the Acting Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Sheikh Ahmad Bahr of Hamas brought greetings: “Our jihad-fighting Palestinian people salutes its brother, Sudan.” He ended his sermon to a packed mosque audience with a “direct and public incitement to commit genocide”: “Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, vanquish the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one [sic]. Oh Allah, show them a day of darkness. Oh Allah, who sent down His Book [The Koran], the mover of the clouds who defeated the enemies of the Prophet — defeat the Jews and the Americans, and bring us victory over them.”
On 16 April we sent an Appeal to the HCHR for a reaction to Hamas Spokesman Dr. Ismail Radwan’s “direct and public incitement to commit genocide.” He ended his sermon to a attentive mosque audience, broadcast on Palestinian Authority TV (30 March), with genocidal “prayers to Allah” (from a hadith):
“The Hour [Day of Judgment] 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!'”
He concluded with a call for “victory for the Jihad-fighting worshippers, in Palestine and elsewhere.” (PMWatch)
The following are excerpts from the sermon delivered on 13 April 2007 by Ahmad Bahr of Hamas — Acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council that was aired on TV in Sudan; the translation is by MEMRI.
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[“¦] “The Palestinian woman bids her son farewell, and says to him: ‘Son, go and don’t be a coward. Go, and fight the Jews.’ He bids her farewell and carries out a martyrdom operation. What did this Palestinian woman say when she was asked for her opinion, after the martyrdom of her son? She said: ‘My son is my own flesh and blood. I love my son, but my love for Allah and His Messenger is greater than my love for my son.’ Yes, this is the message of the Palestinian woman, who was over 70 years old — Fatima Al-Najjar. She was over 70 years old, but she blew herself up for the sake of Allah, bringing down many criminal Zionists.” [“¦]
“America will be annihilated, while Islam will remain. The Muslims ‘will be victorious, if you are believers.’ Oh Muslims, I guarantee you that the power of Allah is greater than America, by whom many are blinded today. Some people are blinded by the power of America. We say to them that with the might of Allah, with the might of His Messenger, and with the power of Allah, we are stronger than America and Israel.” [“¦]
“‘You will be victorious on the face of this planet. You are the masters of the world on the face of this planet.’ Yes, [the Koran says] ‘you will be victorious,’ but only ‘if you are believers.’ Allah willing, ‘you will be victorious,’ while America and Israel will be annihilated, Allah willing. I guarantee you that the power of belief and faith is greater than the power of America and Israel. They [the Jews] are cowards, as is said in the Book of Allah: ‘You shall find them the people most eager to protect their lives.’ [Koran 2:96] They are cowards, who are eager for life, while we are eager for death for the sake of Allah”¦”
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We call on you Sir the UN Secretary-General, and to you Madam the High Commissioner of Human Rights, to remind the Palestinian Authority Government of the Principles of the UN Charter (Chapter I, Article 2:4); and that the 1948 Genocide Convention states: “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” (Article III c) by “public officials or private individuals–¦”shall be punished” (Art. IV)
David G. Littman and RenÃ© V.L. Wadlow (Representatives to the UN Office in Geneva)
NGO doc. http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/TestFrame/99cdd287d4323f56c1256d780034ba6f?Opendocument
As of today, there has been no reaction from a UN office for the two appeals (16 and 23 April) on ‘incitement to genocide’. Silence speaks volumes!