In the featured article at FrontPage I discuss a new DHFC initiative:
The David Horowitz Freedom Center has launched a new initiative: an invitation to campus groups around the country to stand against genocide, endorsing a new Declaration Against Genocide.
The Declaration notes in its preamble that the Sudanese and other Africans have been victims of a slow-motion genocide, and that Islamo-fascists in the Middle East are preparing a new genocide against the Jews.
The genocidal aspect of today’s global Islamic jihad has received scant attention from the media or from human rights activists. Yet it is unmistakable. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has declared that “the Islamic umma (community) will not allow its historic enemy [Israel] to live in its heartland.” Israel’s end is near: “There is no doubt that the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will soon wipe off this disgraceful blot [Israel] from the face of the Islamic world.”
Khalid Mashal, one of the principal leaders of Hamas, openly celebrates what he sees as Israel’s inevitable destruction: “You [Jews] will be defeated with God’s help. Victory’s day is approaching with God’s help. Before Israel dies, it will not escape humiliation and surrender.” Mahmoud Zahar, the Hamas Foreign Minister, has said: “I dream,” he has said, “of hanging a huge map of the world on the wall at my Gaza home which does not show Israel on it.”
In describing the objectives of the Declaration, David Horowitz, President of the Freedom Center, says: “We are asking all campus groups to repudiate the genocidal passage in the Islamic Hadith which reads: ‘The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: “The time [of judgment] will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”‘”
Horowitz continues: “We are also asking all campus groups, including the Muslim Students Association, to condemn the Hamas Charter which says: ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.’ Signers of the Declaration will also be asked to repudiate the Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said ‘The accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible,’ and Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, who called the Jews ‘a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment,’ and has said, ‘If the Jews ‘all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.’ These are hateful doctrines that threaten the lives not only of Jews, but of all Americans.”
In addition to condemning the genocidal agenda of these leaders and organizations, the Declaration calls on campus groups to affirm “the freedom of the individual conscience and the right to change religions or have no religion at all; the equal dignity of men and women; and the right of all people to live free from violence, intimidation and coercion.”
U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) will deliver the keynote address at a reception on February 9 marking the beginning of the campaign on behalf of the Declaration. Rep. Myrick has established herself as an expert on jihadism and homeland security during her six terms in office. She helped form and is presently co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus. Horowitz will appear with Rep. Myrick at the event. He will speak about the Declaration Against Genocide, which will be circulated for signatures on campuses across the country.
Student activists attending the February 9 event will be part of a signing ceremony and then take the Declaration back to their campuses for action by groups and individuals.
“Although a Declaration Against Genocide should be seen as a document with universal appeal,” Horowitz notes, “a coalition of groups with ties to the Islamo-fascist jihad are bound to protest this effort. Our goal is to test universities’ claims that they support religious and ethnic tolerance, and to challenge the campus left, which consistently overlooks statements by Islamic radicals which are nothing less than an invitation to mass murder.”
This is a golden opportunity for Muslim groups who profess moderation to demonstrate their sincerity and willingness to confront the jihadists, and for non-Muslim groups to stand with them against the depredations of genocidal Islamic terror. It will also be interesting — and highly illuminating — to see which groups refuse to endorse the Declaration.