April 28, 2004

Israel, Europe, Terror and International Law

There is a link from James Taranto's excellent Best of the Web column titled: "Europe vs. International Law" and it points to this article in National Review Online that says: From James: bq. Writing in National Review Online, Joshua Muravchik argues that Europe, by denouncing Israel for defending itself against the terror group Hamas, is not only acting in a morally craven fashion but defying international law From Joshua: bq. Each of these European states is a party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. Unlike, say, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the genocide convention is a treaty, with the force of law. It is one of the oldest, and perhaps the most widely subscribed piece of international human-rights legislation, and arguably the one with the soundest legal foundation, codifying what the Nuremberg tribunal and the U.N. General Assembly in its very first session found to be existing customary law. bq. Article One of the convention obligates every party "to prevent and punish" genocide as "a crime under international law." The convention goes on to define genocide as, inter alia, "killing" intended "to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group." bq. By this definition, it is clear that Hamas is an organization devoted to genocide and has been working busily at this mission for years. Hamas's goal is the complete destruction of the Jewish state. As the late Rantisi himself affirmed: "By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine." Nor did Rantisi leave doubt about what would become of these Jews. Asked by an interviewer "what do you see ultimately happening to the people [of] Israel?" Rantisi replied: "They killed thousands of Palestinians.... so I think it is just to do with them as they did with us." bq. Nor are Hamas's intended targets limited to Israeli Jews. Hamas's covenant boasts: "HAMAS regards itself the spearhead and the vanguard of the circle of struggle against World Zionism [and] the fight against the warmongering Jews." It makes clear that there is to be no end of killing: "The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: 'O Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.'" bq. In short, Hamas's and Rantisi's platform is as clearly formulated a project of genocide as we have had since Mein Kampf. And indeed, Hamas has expressed a solicitousness for Hitler's project. As Rantisi put it, to compare Zionism to Nazism is "an insult to Nazism." Crystal clear and to the point. The Islamofacists are excellent at manipulating the Western media to their ends. They say one thing in English but if you go to any of the sites that translate the Arabic media into English, you will see quite a different side to their story. The West is kuffir - they have zero problems lying to our faces since we aren't Islam. It is unfortunate that the Europeans have bought into this so deeply. Terror will visit them on their soil soon enough and I hope it will serve as a wake-up call. For your reference, an English translation of the Hamas Charter can be found at the Palestine Center here. Use your brosers Find function (CTRL+F) to look for the word "Jew" and see the context in which this word is found. Scan through the entire document and see the language. These are not spiritual people, these are cultists who follow a corrupt leader. Posted by DaveH at April 28, 2004 4:25 PM