Comments by David G. Littman, NGO Representative: Association for World Education and World Union for Progressive Judaism – United Nations, Geneva:
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After the ‘Flotilla frippery’ tragedy, we are viewing a ‘Sword of Islam’ bout with Qad’hafi’s diplomat son aboard the Amalthea (renamed, al-Amal = ‘Hope’). Symbolically, his first name, ‘Saif al-Islam’, means ‘Sword of Islam’ and, as a foretaste, Saif al-Islam Muammar Qad’hafi earned a doctorate at the London School of Economics after a 4 year research thesis (428 pages) on “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From Soft Power to Collective Decision Making.” He runs an “International Charity of Development Foundation” – and he now waives his sword at sea: here and here.
It’s time to grasp what is being planned stealthily for Israel – and for the West. Like the watchman in the Book of Ezechiel, let all of us who can see the sword coming – and are able to blow the trumpet loud – continue to do so “and warn the people”. (33:3) Even “with a little whistle”, at the UN Human Rights Council – “the conscience of humanity” – in 2 minute plus oral statements. As promised, below are the videos (and texts) delivered for WUPJ & AWE: on Gaza, the Hamas Charter, etc. (14 June, item 7), with factual, unpronounced documentation provided in square brackets and notes.
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N.B. Researcher Jonathan Fighel has provided a pertinent analysis, The Jihadist ‘Istanbul Declaration’ and the Gaza Flotilla, posted by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism on June 26, 2010, and also by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center of Israel in a redrafted version on July 7.
He refers to BBC Radio 4 reporter Bill Law, the only Western journalist at that key meeting in Istanbul (February 14-15, 2009), organized two weeks after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed out of the Swiss Davos debate, snubbing President Shimon Peres in Turkey’s new Islamic game of nations.
Nearly 200 Arab and European Sunni Sheikhs and clerics, as well as members of Hamas, attended the Istanbul Conference and “speaker after speaker called for Jihad against Israel in support of Hamas” – 90 of them signing the declaration; one of those was Daud Abdullah, Deputy Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain (established in 1997). Bill Law noted that: “To laughter in the audience, another speaker noted that twice as many babies were born as children were killed during the war. Every death, I was told, was a martyrdom on the road to liberation.” For the Arabic ‘Declaration’ (Hamas forum: 15 Feb. 2009.
Fighel’s latest (July 7): A new Jihad Flotilla initiative to Gaza (Planned to set sail in September) describes what is being planned by this stealth-Jihad Hamas Charity & Terror Coalition, called ‘The Union of Good’ and headed by the ‘moderate’ global Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Al-Yousef Al-Qaradawi, a friend of former London Mayor Livingstone. In a visit to Mauretania (May 19-20 2010), he called for the revival of “the death industry”, stressing that “the best death a Muslim can hope for is not death in bed, but as a shahid on the battlefield for the sake of Allah.”
This ‘Union of Good’ was outlawed by Israel and designated as a terrorism-supporting entity by the U.S. Treasury Department, a result of its fund-raising activities on behalf of Hamas and also its “charitable societies” in the Gaza Strip and those areas under the Palestinian Authority. I’d hazard a fair guess that the date chosen for the next major “Peace Flotilla”will be flagged either on Jewish New Year (September 9-10) or Yom Kippur (Sept. 18-19), dragging on during the 15th Session of the Geneva UN Human Rights Council (September 13 for three weeks), with reiterated Jew-Israel bashing from the word ‘go’ (item 2), but especially under the unique item 7: “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories…”.
What is interesting is that the ‘Istanbul Declaration’ confirms that Hamas should continue “with jihad and resistance against the occupation until the liberation of all Palestine.” It also stresses the great importance of “money, clothing, food, medicine, weapons and other essentials, so that they can live and carry out jihad in the path of Almighty Allah.” It states that the victories in Gaza were only achieved “by fulfilling the religious obligation of jihad in His path.”
It’s last point (8) is worth some meditation for a true ‘understanding’ of the Istanbul Declaration:
To conclude: the Nation’s scholars and proselytisers remind the Islamic Nation [Ummah], rulers and ruled alike, of the necessity of returning to its religion, adhering to the book of its Lord and the Sunna of His Prophet, working for its unity and seizing control of the instruments of power that will make possible its supremacy and the preservation of its holy places and provisions: “Allah prevails in his purpose, but most people know not.” (Quran, 12:21)
We recommend reading the genocidal Hamas Charter: article 8, identical to the Muslim Brotherhood:
Allah is its target, the Prophet its model, the Koran its Constitution, Jihad its path & death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.
Today’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Newsletter has the following statement:
According to information collected so far, before the violent confrontation, most of the Turks killed (seven of the nine) had declared in one way or another that they intended to die as shaheeds. Three put the possibility they would die as shaheeds into writing (in a diary entry, a letter and a will), one said so in a video found aboard the Mavi Marmara, and friends and relatives reported they had been informed of desire of three to die as shaheeds.
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WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 14th session (31 May – 18 June 2010)
STATEMENT by Representative David G. LITTMAN – Monday (3:00pm), 14 June 2010
“Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories…” (item 7)
[The words in square brackets were not pronounced in the two minutes time limitation]
Sir, we are just back from the Big Apple and Broadway and are once again gazing Through the Looking-Glass here, with Lewis Carroll’s words in our mind’s eye: ‘The Time has come’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things [Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – Of cabbages – and kings – and why the sea is boiling hot – and whether pigs have wings.’ (Ch. 4. The Walrus and the Carpenter, 15)]
The Falk Report [A/HRC/13/53/Rev.1] indeed, is an eye-opener that requires no Looking Glass, especially his recommendations for a “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign [against Israel]… and guidelines should be provided for such a campaign.” Folly flows faithfully until it is flayed and feathered by those who open their eyes and ears to the hard truth, some of which was presented earlier by Israel’s ambassador and more truth will soon emerge.
We have pointed out since 1989 – and will continue to do so until ‘Kingdom come’ or perhaps Armageddon – that the root cause of today’s Philistine tragedy is its genocidal Hamas Charter. Just as Hitler’s struggle against the Jews (Mein Kampf means: ‘My Struggle’) was pooh-poohed in the 1930s, so is the Jihad “struggle” by Hamas, a wing of the Islamist Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. This ongoing incitement, which flies in the face of the genocide Convention’s articles 3 and 4 was and is knowingly ignored by UN human rights bodies, by Goldstone’s Fault-Finding Report [A/HRC/12/48] and in Falk’s follow-up.
[Cf. “Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. ‘Let the cowards never sleep.'” (Article 28); Article 7 quotes a ‘saying’ (hadith) still widely preached in talks and sermons worldwide by clerics that call on Muslims to fight and kill all Jews; 3 and article 8, the Hamas ‘slogan’, is taken from the Muslim Brotherhood Charter, inspiring ‘Jihadist Martyrdom Bombers’ worldwide, and including U.S. convert ‘Jihad Jane’; 4 and that the preface quotes its founder Hassan al-Banna’s politicidal call: “Israel will exist & continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (See our written statements).] 5
Let it never be forgotten in this “Alliance of Civilization” Room, with its symbolic dripping, colourful stalactites, that the Hamas Charter calls for Jews to be killed and Israel eliminated, and refers in great detail, as in Hitler’s Mein Kampf, to a century-old forgery [The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion] to inspire a Jihadist regime – with links to Hezbollah and its well-known warmongering, dictatorial backers – to teach a systematic culture of hate and death to its children and adults in schools, the media and on TV. [At the 13th session we recommended MEMRI’s irrefutable documentation ,1 which provides scores of links to Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV clips, showing Gaza children taught to become ‘Jihad martyrs’ while killing Jews.]
[“Dispatch those sons of apes and pigs to the hellfire on the wings of Qassem rockets” / “The Jihad against the Jews will continue until their annihilation / A Palestinian who kills one Jew will be rewarded as if he killed 30 million / Killing all Jews will not be satisfactory compensation for the ‘Real Holocaust’ in Gaza. On this visual irrefutable evidence, the U.S Treasury Department last week imposed sanctions on Al-Aqsa TV. Officials from the UK, France, Germany, Italy… have been briefed on all this. (MEMRI, also PMW; and Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center: ‘Response to the Goldstone Report: ‘Hamas and the Terrorist Threat from the Gaza Strip.2]
These bloodthirsty incitements to hate and kill continue unabated, and last week the French Broadcasting Regulator CSA [Conseil SupÃ©rieur de l’Audiovisuel] banned Hamas Al-Aqsa TV, following the U.S. decision. [Executive Order 13224, 03/18/10.6 All human rights defenders – any decent person – watching last week’s TV culture of a hate preacher on Al-Aqsa should not remain silent in the face of such outpourings of hate.]
Once again, we call on the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Directors of UNESCO, UNICEF, the new Swiss President of the General Assembly, the President of this Council, Member and Observer States, Judge Goldstone and Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, and the OIC – to condemn the clear genocidal Hamas Charter and the teaching of [president gavels speaker here] heinous defamations of both Jews and Judaism, as well as non-stop calls to kill in the name of Allah & of Islam, while the Council adopts resolutions on “Combating Defamation of Religions” [2nd gavel; mike cut]
[Allow me, sir, to conclude with the words of Shakespeare, pronounced by Lady Macbeth: “Here’s the smell of blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” (v. i. 56-57) Thank you, Mr. President.]
1. http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4045.htm / MEMRI: Hamas. Special Announcements NÂ° 107 (18 March 2010)
3. “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 and kill him. This will not apply to the Gharqad tree which is a Jewish tree.'”
4. “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 1988 Charter, article 2 – is recorded from al-Bukhari and Muslim, both considered by serious Islamic scholars as highly reliable sources for the hadith or ‘sayings’ of the Prophet Muhammad.]
5. See detailed written statement E/CN.4/2003/NGO/226: The 1988 Genocidal Charter of HAMAS: an evil legacy for ‘Jihadist- Martyrdom’ bombers. A/HRC/S-1/NGO/4 (2006); A/HRC/S-9/NGO/3 (2009)
6. http://www.memri.org/content/en/main.htm . The TV clip is ‘beyond belief’.
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ASSOCIATION FOR WORLD EDUCATION
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: 14th Session (31 May – 18 June 2010)
STATEMENT by Representative David G. LITTMAN – Monday (3:30pm), 14 June 2010
“Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories…” (item 7)
[The words in square brackets were not pronounced in the 2 minute time limit for NGOs]
As the final NGO speaker [under item 7], we wish to remind the Council and the current Special Rapporteur of the remarks made by his predecessor John Dugard in his final 2008 Report, where he strongly advised the UN to withdraw from the Quartet. He rejected the Quartet’s Road Map [“the road map is an inappropriate and unhelpful framework for negotiations.”(A/HRC/7/17 of 21 January 2008, Â§56); adding: “the seizure of power in Gaza by Hamas in June 2007”;] and referred to “the internecine conflict resulting in the deaths of several hundred Palestinians, mostly belonging to Fatah.” He predicted: “there is no immediate prospect of reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.” [Â§49] That situation has not changed since.
As we have already suggested, Gaza under the administration of Hamas since the coup d’Ã©tat three years ago, elections notwithstanding, is a classic example of a divided society: the division between Gaza and the ‘West Bank’; Gaza and Israel; Gaza and Egypt; and Gaza and the wider world. Two years ago, we suggested that it might perhaps become an independent State with certain security safeguards and economic ties to the ‘West Bank’ – and eventually to Israel and Egypt. This idea might become the only possible solution to such an explosive situation, with more and more external interference by those whose aims are clear and if not checked will lead to grave confrontations endangering the peace and security of the world.
Gaza’s future status is a key issue of any Arab-Israel negotiations. Why not a separate entity? Why should there not be four independent States within the former 1922 geographical area of Greater Palestine as designated by the League of Nations then: Israel, Jordan, a mutually agreed ‘West Bank’ of the Jordan river area, and Gaza. This is not so unrealistic, as the original [Palestine] area comprised about 120,000% km2, of which roughly 78% was earmarked by Great Britain for the deposed Arabian Abdullah, who became Emir in 1922 and then the Hashemite King of Jordan in 1946; and the remnant 22% became the UK administered “Mandate of Palestine” for 25 years, when it was then again divided by the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which referred to the establishment of an “Arab and a Jewish State”.
But this international legitimacy… [The speaker was cut here by the president after 2 m. 25 secs.] [was refused by the Arab League, which resulting in a collective Arab war to exterminate any “Jewish State”, greatly encouraged by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Hitler’s ally in Berlin throughout the war. It should be noted that the 1947 Partition Plan only refers to an “Arab State” and a “Jewish State” – there is no mention of a State of Palestine.
Thank you, Mr. President.