I was at the UN Security Council hearing on the war in Gaza on Thursday as a guest of Ambassador Eugene Gasana of Rwanda who held the Security Council presidency through July. I heard the regular condemnations of Israel for being indifferent to the murder of children. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that there could be nothing more shameful than Israel killing children while they slept at a UN school that Israel targeted.
The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay went further and said that Israel deliberately targeted civilians.
That’s quite an accusation. And she better be right. Because if she’s wrong, she is guilty of yet another blood libel against the Jewish people.
The facts, of course, are otherwise. To Hamas, Palestinian children are nothing but bullet proof vests to be donned by cowardly terrorists, human missile silos to protect their rockets.
Hamas is a genocidal, terror organization whose murderous charter calls for the annihilation of the Jewish people wherever they may be found.
Some of the charter’s highlights include this humanitarian gem: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
But wait, the charter is just getting started. It continues, “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts… until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.”
By vanquished, read, destroyed. The charter is clear that Hamas “strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.” Not much room for Israel.
And it is absolutely genocidal in nature: “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
The Charter rejects any and all attempts at peace with Israel: “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”
The Charter is also deeply militaristic: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.” Holy war to the death is the only solution: “In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.”
In addition to its militaristic nature, the Charter is extremely paranoid, buying into a Protocols-of-Zion belief that the Jews control the world and are responsible for “Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs… for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy.”
The Jews are insatiable: “The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion.”
The Jews want to take over the world and control everything: “Their plan is embodied in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion… For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained… They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realization of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others.”
What Jews love most is war, which just allows them to make more money and colonize the world, which is why they started most of the world’s conflicts: “With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests… They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there… With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there… They were behind World War I… They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world.”
Of particular interest is the Charter’s claim that the Jews “were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state.” It seems incredible that Hamas could be so dumb, not to mention monstrously insensitive, to suggest that the Jews were behind their own slaughter in the Holocaust. But what does one expect from genocidal terrorists?
And I love this part: “It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them.” There is no organization in the world more irrationally hateful of Israel than the United Nations. But the Jews control that, too.
The Jews are not just the world’s corrupters– they are also mass murderers, out for the extermination of all Islam: “They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.”
And the finale, the Jews are Nazis: “There is no way out except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious Tatar invasion.”
With such a vicious, grisly founding document, it is no wonder that Hamas is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Israelis and their rockets seek the extermination of millions of Jews.
But just as the Germans discovered that Hitler was lethal not just to Jews but to Germans, so too Hamas uses thousands of innocent Palestinian children as human shields.
The world has remained silent as Hamas has fired their missiles and hidden their arsenals in schools, playgrounds, hospitals, and family homes. And it has proved indifferent to the public call on the part of Hamas leaders for Palestinian children to actively use “their chests and bodies” as protective shields for Hamas rockets.
Hamas has continually squandered the opportunity to build a thriving Palestinian society. Instead, it has only bombs, tunnels, and rockets to show for the billions funneled to them in international aid and the repeated efforts on the part of Israel to negotiate a peaceful resolution.
This is Israel’s third war against Hamas since its 2005 total withdrawal from Gaza, when Israel dismantled its settlements and removed all vestiges of its presence. Should Hamas prevail, millions may die for no other reason than they are Jewish. And untold numbers of Palestinian children will be offered up by the twisted terrorists in the most evil form of modern child sacrifice.
Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom The Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, and will shortly publish “The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.