A letter from David G. Littman, representative to the UN-Geneva for the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Association for World Education, to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay:
WORLD UNION FOR PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM
ASSOCIATION FOR WORLD EDUCATION
Case Postale 205 – 1196 Gland – Suisse
27 January 2011 (email & fax)
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
Director-General UNO-Geneva Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze
Remembrance and Beyond
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Assembly Hall, Palais des Nations, Thursday, 27 January 2011, 5:00 p.m.
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Film shown on 24 January 2011 at SOAS Palestine Society – University College London
(We are reproducing the web-video links and descriptive information below.)
A call made by Hamas Imam on 24 January: “Please, Allah, kill all the Jews”
Allah is the greatest. He who thanks Allah will be rewarded. Oh Allah, loosen your power and strength on the Jews. (Amen.) Please Allah, kill them all… And don’t leave any of them alive. (Amen.) Oh Allah, with your great power. Allah! We are asking you with your infinite power, dear Allah. Allah! Please dear Allah, take revenge for our martyrs’ blood. Allah! Please Allah, get rid of the Jews. Bring them down. They are not as powerful as you. Please Allah, make the earth shake and destroy the pillars of their civilisation. Please Allah, cast fear and terror into their hearts. Oh Allah disperse them so they become lost once again. Oh Allah, show us a sign. Oh Allah, surprise them in a way they don’t expect. Oh Allah, cast fear and terror into their hearts.
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Richard Millett (a London lawyer):
It is amazing what you hear at some universities these days: Last night [24 January 2011] the SOAS Palestine Society showed a new film called, bemusingly, To Shoot an Elephant, which is an almost two hour documentary about activists helping Palestinian paramedics in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. [Jan. 2009] The title seemed apt in that it was like watching tourists on safari trying to film a kill, except in the film’s case the kill were to be only young Palestinian children. There was lots of tragic footage of dead Palestinian children moments after they had passed away in hospital. The footage was heartbreaking but inexplicable in its lack of respect for the privacy of the dead and injured. We were also shown dead children in the hospital morgue. (…) Although the lack of protective shelters was obviously not mentioned in the film as one of the main causes of civilian casualties, it is so obvious that a biased audience is bound to miss it.
Before the film started we were warned that we will hear the term “Al Yahud” quite a few times, but although it means “Jews” in Arabic we should understand that in the Palestinian context it means Israelis. This is because, apparently, when the Palestinians see a Star of David on an Israeli soldier’s uniform they see him as Jewish even though he is Israeli. I tried to be open minded. I accepted that explanation even after seeing one Palestinian, who had had his fruit stall damaged, refer to Jews as “dogs”. However, then we came to a funeral where an Imam was saying prayers not for the souls of the dead children but for the murder of every Jew. When, at the end, I objected to this scene I was merely accused of playing “the anti-Semitism card” or taking the words out of context. Judging by the flags in the background the funeral seems to have been arranged by Hamas and, possibly, Hezbollah.
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Madam, sir, we noted the Secretary-General’s remarks 2 days ago to the HRC: “The HCHR & her office are your great allies [ref. to NGOs].” We, therefore, call on you and the Director-General to speak out strongly today at the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust to condemn this growing ‘culture of hate’ (Jew-Hatred/Judeophobia /Antisemitism), following in the footsteps of Nobel Peace Laureate Henri Dunant, who strongly condemned ‘Jew-hatred’ when founding the Red Cross in 1864.
David G. Littman (NGO representative of the WUPJ and the AWE to the UNO in Geneva)
Jihad Watch (25 Jan. 2011)
P.S. In advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day several Iranian websites published articles denying the Holocaust. The website of the Iranian “Adolf Hitler Research Society” recently posted an undated article titled “A Reassessment of the Holocaust,” claiming that photos documenting the Holocaust were doctored and forged by the Jews. Also, on January 26, 2011, the Iranian semi-official news agency Mehr published the first in a series of articles by French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson, titled “Holocaust: The Historic Fraud.”
MEMRI, Special Dispatch – NÂ° 3538 – January 26, 2011