Taking A Stand Against Genocide

On February 9, U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) will deliver the keynote address at a reception marking the beginning of a new campaign against genocide. The David Horowitz Freedom Center has developed a Declaration Against Genocide, and is inviting campus groups around the country to endorse it, and decisively repudiate the genocidal statements made by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah, and others.

The Declaration notes that Islamic jihadists in the Middle East have been speaking boldly about their plans to initiate a new genocide against the Jews, and that Sudanese and other Africans have been victims of a slow-motion genocide motivated by much the same jihadist ideology. The Declaration also calls on campus groups to affirm “the freedom of the individual conscience and the right to change religions or have no religion at all; the equal dignity of men and women; and the right of all people to live free from violence, intimidation and coercion.”

The genocidal aspect of today’s global Islamic jihad has received scant attention from the media or from human rights activists, despite the candor with which Islamic leaders have spoken about it. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has declared that Israel’s end is near: “There is no doubt that the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will soon wipe off this disgraceful blot [Israel] from the face of the Islamic world.” He harbors similar dreams for America: “The accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible.”

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shi’ite jihadist group Hizballah (party of Allah), would agree. He has led Hizballah members in chants of “Death to America!” and has said: “The Jews are a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment.” He has rejected all negotiated settlements: “There is no solution to the conflict except with the disappearance of Israel.”

Islamic sermons broadcast on Palestinian Authority have also been openly genocidal, while grounding their bloodlust in Islamic traditions. In July 28, 2000, a spokesman declared on Palestinian television declared: “We the Palestinian nation, our fate from Allah is to be the vanguard in the war against the Jews until the resurrection of the dead, as the prophet Mohammed said: ‘The resurrection of the dead will not arrive until you will fight the Jews and kill them…’ We the Palestinians are the vanguard in this undertaking and in this campaign, whether or not we want this…”

The speaker was referring to an Islamic tradition that Muslims generally consider authentic. In it, the Islamic prophet Muhammad says that the end times “will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

David Horowitz, President of the Freedom Center, explains: “We are asking all campus groups to repudiate” that “genocidal passage in the Islamic Hadith….We are also asking all campus groups, including the Muslim Students Association, to condemn the Hamas Charter which says: ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it,’” as well as the statements by Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah, and others.

Congresswoman Myrick has established herself as an expert on jihadism and homeland security during her six terms in office. She helped form and is presently co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus. Horowitz will appear with Rep. Myrick at the event. He will speak about the Declaration Against Genocide, which will be circulated for signatures on campuses across the country. “Our goal,” says Horowitz, “is to test universities’ claims that they support religious and ethnic tolerance, and to challenge the campus left, which consistently overlooks statements by Islamic radicals which are nothing less than an invitation to mass murder.”

It will be highly illuminating to see which groups endorse the Declaration, and which groups refuse to do so. The Left prides itself on opposing all forms of oppression, injustice, and tyranny; here is Leftists’ chance to prove it. For more about the Declaration Against Genocide and the campaign, go to http://www.terrorismawareness.org/.


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