THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND ITS APPLICATION TO PEOPLES UNDER COLONIAL OR ALIEN DOMINATION OR FOREIGN OCCUPATION
Joint written statement* submitted by the Association for World Education, Association of World Citizens, World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), non-governmental organizations on the Roster, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), Simon Wiesenthal Center, Inc., and International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW), non-governmental organizations in special consultative status
The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
[17 March 2006]
* This written statement is issued, unedited, in the language(s) received from the submitting non-governmental organization(s).
The 1988 Covenant of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas
1. While self-determination is a right, we must nevertheless guard against racism, religious intolerance, and nationalistic stereotypes used in political debate and polemical writings. Such restraints are all the more necessary when the text is a Charter or a founding document of a politico-religious movement, such as the Covenant of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas.
2. Passages from this 1988 Covenant were first read out at the Commission in 1989, and repeatedly since then,1 especially Article 8 – the Hamas slogan, copied from the 1928 Charter of the Muslim Brotherhood and widely used by clerics – that has since become a blueprint for global terrorism and Jihadist ‘martyrdom-bombers’:
3. The recent victory of Hamas in Palestinian elections gives increased urgency to the need to consider carefully the implications of their Charter that is available on the net in English.3
4. First, the introduction to the Charter quotes the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, as saying: “Israel will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
5. Article 13 is very explicit regarding any peace negotiations:
6. Article 32 uses an infamous, century-old forgery:
7. Article 22 is a crude update, alleging that “the Jews” control major world events:
8. Religious hatred of the Jews is spelled out in the conclusion of Article 7:
9. This hadith is now cited ad nauseam by extremist Muslim clerics. These sentiments are often repeated by Jihadist ‘martyrdom-bombers’ from Hamas, and in February 2006 some gruesome video-clips were even posted on the Hamas website.5
10. There is a similar statement in Article 28, which gives us the “writing on the wall”:
11. No members of the Commission or the future Council should either ‘sleep’ or behave as ‘cowards’ when considering self-determination for the Palestinian Authority. The Hamas Covenant is based on the ideology of Jihad. Should Hamas now take office as the Government of the Palestinian Authority with their Covenant unchanged, it could lead to a totalitarian regime that would stifle freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, and women’s rights. This poison could spread throughout the Middle East. A Hamas-Palestine would also besmirch and menace all Muslims who revere the sanctity of human life and desire coexistence and a peaceful future in the region.
12. Furthermore, with the Hamas Charter as official Palestinian policy, a future Palestinian government would be guilty of calling for the destruction of a Member State of the United Nations, in contravention of Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter, and of Article 3 (c) of the Genocide Convention, in which “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” is punishable under its Article 4.
13. The Association for World Education, the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the Association of World Citizens, the World Union for Progressive Judaism , the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the International Council of Jewish Women call upon the Commission – and the future Council – to condemn this genocidal Hamas Charter/Covenant Should this matter be shelved, we would recall the words of Lady Macbeth:
“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”
– Shakespeare, Macbeth: V i:56
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Document Type: Statement
Document Source: Association for World Education, Commission on Human Rights, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Simon Wiesenthal Center, World Union for Progressive Judaism
Subject: Agenda Item, Electoral issues, Fence, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Jerusalem, NGOs/Civil Society, Separation barrier, Settlements, Wall
Publication Date: 13/02/2006