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