Comments by David G. Littman, NGO Representative to the United Nations in Geneva for the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and the Association for World Education (AWE), speaking this time in a joint statement for WUPJ and the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC):
The promised follow-up to “Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah its most sublime belief.” In order to get over the September 30 ‘out of order’ administrative hurdle, I suggested a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in reaction to a request to ‘look to the future’. The result was I was able to read my joint statement for the WUPJ and the Simon Wiesenthal Center slowly, taking 3 minutes, without the President stopping me or making any comment after.
Enough has been written about the shameful 12th Special Session of the Human Rights Council without me adding more, except to say that the decision by France and the UK not to participate in the vote at all (‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘abstain’) is the first time, to my knowledge over the 25 years, that they have acted thus. The real question is why?
The most extraordinary NGO statement was delivered by Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan, who served with NATO and the UN, and commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia. Speaking under the auspices of UN Watch, he declared solemnly at the start and as his conclusion: “Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any army in the history of warfare.” His words should be heard by all:
http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/conferences/unhrc/special/12th/hrc091016am1-eng.rm?start=01:21:35&end=01:24:18 (2Â¾ minutes – UN webcast – RealPlayer)
My joint statement follows (with UN webcast); it concluded with a famous quotation from the Book of Daniel: Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
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WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: 12th Special Session (15-16 October 2009)
Statement by Representative David G. LITTMAN – 16 October 2009
UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict: the Goldstone Report
http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/conferences/unhrc/special/12th/hrc091016am1-eng.rm?start=01:37:14&end=01:40:14 (3 minutes – UN webcast – RealPlayer)
[The words in square brackets were not pronounced in the two minutes time limitation]
Thank you, Mr. President. This is a joint statement with the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
We are grateful to the Palestinian Authority for initiating this 12th Special Session which should send a clear message on the Council’s priorities when we consider all the horrendous human rights tragedies currently happening worldwide. Abba Eban, Israel’s famous foreign minister, put it very pertinently in one line after the 1973 Geneva Peace Conference: “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” [21/12/1973]
Our statement relate to B Â§2 to 4 of the current draft resolution [A/HRC/S-12/L.1], referring to the Goldstone / Gaza report & to C Â§3: “Stressing that the right to life constitutes the most fundamental of all human rights.”
As we pointed out on 30 September here, neither the 452 pages of the Mission’s Gaza Report [A/HRC/12/48], nor that of the High Commissioner [A/HRC/12/37], make any mention of a root cause of the Gaza tragedy – the genocidal 1988 Hamas Charter: a Charter that calls for Jews to be killed and Israel eliminated; a Charter which, like Hitler, quotes a crude forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, inspiring a terrorist regime to systematically teach a culture of hate and death to children and adults in schools, the press & TV.
[In his 1924 preface to Mein Kampf, Hitler explained: “A doctrine can only keep its uniformity if it has been fixed in writing forever”. Few took Hitler seriously, preferring to sleep through the 1930s. The Hamas Charter fits this Nazi-like pattern and its preface quotes Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna: “Israel will exist and continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”]
This Charter [which we have denouncing here since the 1989 Commission (45th session, 31 January 1989)] goes further, including all Jews and Judaism: “Israel, Judaism & Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. ‘Let the cowards never sleep.'” [Article 28] Article 7 quotes a ‘saying’ [hadith] widely preached in sermons by clerics, calling on Muslims to fight and kill Jews.1 Article 8 is the Hamas slogan, taken from the Muslim Brotherhood, & inspiring ‘Jihadist Martyrdom Bombers’ worldwide. [Details in our written statement. 2 & 3 and *]
In stressing the UN principle that: “the right to life constitutes the most fundamental of all human rights”, we call on this 12th Special Session of the Council to condemn the Hamas Charter: a defamation of religion, a blueprint for murder, and a ‘direct and public incitement to commit genocide’, punishable under article 3 and 4 of the 1948 Genocide Convention. And also: to condemn, unequivocally, all calls to kill in the name of God, Allah, or religion – any religion.
Mr. President, should our call be ignored again – after such a weird, one-sided report, debate & resolution – the biblical prophesy would come to the mind of many of us here:
“this is the writing that will be written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN…
Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” [Daniel: 5:25-27]
(1) “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 Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees which will cry: O Muslim! O Abdallah [slave of Allah] there is a Jew behind me come & kill him. This will not apply to the Gharqad tree which is a Jewish tree.'”
(2) “Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its Constitution; Jihad is its path, and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.” (Article 8).This ‘saying’ – from the 1928 Charter of the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is a wing, according to its article 2 – is recorded from al-Bukhari and Muslim, both considered by serious Islamic scholars as highly reliable sources for the hadith of Prophet Muhammad]
(3) After his release from an Israeli prison in October 1997, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, founder and spiritual head of Hamas, declared that Israel must “disappear from the map.” He added: “We have an aim and an enemy, and we shall continue our Jihad against the enemy; a nation without a Jihad is a nation without a purpose.”
* Attached is our detailed written statement E/CN.4/2003/NGO/226: The 1988 Genocidal Charter of HAMAS: an evil legacy for ‘Jihadist- Martyrdom’ bombers. See also our texts: A/HRC/S-1/NGO/4 (2006); A/HRC/S-9/NGO/3 (2009)* * * *