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December 11, 2014 3:42 pm

Wiesenthal Center Working With European Parliamentarians on Resolution Demanding Revocation of Anti-Semitic Hamas Charter

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The SWC wants European parliamentarians to condemn the anti-Semitic Hamas charter. Photo: Twitter

One of America’s premier Jewish advocacy groups is urging European parliamentarians to pass a resolution condemning the charter of the Islamist Hamas organization for its blatant anti-Semitism.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is pushing for parliamentarians in those European states that recently voted in favor of establishing a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel to demand the revocation of the anti-Semitic elements in Hamas’s notorious charter, first drawn up in 1988.

Among the slanders the charter contains is the claim that “Jews” were behind the French and Bolshevik revolutions, along with frequent references to Jewish financial power and dishonest financial dealings. The charter also declares that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it.”

An online petition supporting the resolution had garnered almost 13,000 signatures within 48 hours of its publication, Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the SWC, told The Algemeiner.

Hier said that the SWC had reached out to “key allies” in the British, French and Irish parliaments, all of which have voted in recent weeks in favor of an independent Palestinian state. The initiative is also being launched in Spain, Belgium and Sweden, as well as the European parliament. Hier added that the SWC is currently considering a similar approach to members of Congress and the Canadian parliament.

Hier argued that it was not enough to merely condemn the Palestinian independence resolutions. “A better approach is to promote a resolution that demands the anti-Semitic Hamas charter be revoked,” he said. “If they are willing to do that, it should be clear to the entire world that Hamas is beyond the pale.”

Were the SWC’s resolution to fail, Hier observed, “it would clearly show that Europe has adopted exclusively the Arab narrative of the history of the Middle East.”

Commenting on the adoption of the Palestinian independence resolutions, the SWC stated that “these unprecedented, unilateral moves, which they say have been taken in the name of peace, in fact do great harm. Not only do they embolden the Palestinians not to negotiate with Israel, but they also strengthen terrorist organizations like Hamas – who refuse to recognize the very existence of the Jewish state.”

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  • Eric Bradman

    There is nothing irrational about the Zionist agenda.
    I am a secular Jew,;my view , and that commonly accepted now. Is that I Zionist – Jew or Non Jew- is that a Zionist believes that Jews have the right to live in the State of Israel. Nothing more , nothing less why is that Irrational?
    There are many counties who are the Islamic Republic of, whatever. Israel should be able to call itself the Jewish Stare of Israel.
    The UK is constitutionally a Christian country but this does not restrict in any significant way the rights of others. So with Israel where minorities have by far the most rights of any similar groups in any Arab country.

  • G. Sale

    Hamas is a terrorist organization plain and simple. They cannot be allowed to continue their violence against the people of Israel and their own people as well.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Common sense at last.

    The centre is to be congratulated on focusing on one of the most basic elements of the present mess

    Similar attention needs to be paid to the irrational core at the heart of Zionism

    If both sides reigned in the most provocative elements of their more extreme ideologies we might get somewhere

    • Piet-Hein

      Someone who talks like this obviously ignores the effects of things, when judging them. Taking into account the effects of things is what anyone by their sane mind would do. This Clovelley reveres some abstract principle, and ignores reality. Just what is he after?? Making things ‘equal’ that the simple, straight mind can discern from miles as unequal as hell and heaven. This equaling the unequal is a sure symptom of a morally flawed mind. Too bad, I see this around me a lot, in the Netherlands, too. It has some connection with Leftism. It maken me think Leftism, and militant atheism, is an unhealthy condition.

    • Haroldpom

      “Irrational core at the heart of Zionism”? Exactly what would that be? Both sides reigned in the most provocative elements of their more extreme ideologies? What are you referring to Julian? Spit it out. A little moral equivalence. Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews everywhere. Is their some kind of equivalent statement made by Zionists? If so, I haven’t heard one.