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Friday, September 19, 2003

September 19, 2003


Join Wiesenthal Center Campaign to Demand UN Condemnation of Palestinian Terror Groups

The Simon Wiesenthal Center said today that more than 5,000 of its members have sent e-mail letters to the United Nations General Assembly, protesting its condemnation of Israel again for its recent Cabinet decision, which in principle, decided to remove Yassir Arafat. The email campaign to the United Nations points out that since its founding, the UN has passed over 1,000 resolutions condemning Israel, but never one explicitly condemning the Arab groups for their consistent campaign of terror against the Jewish State.

“When will the United Nations General Assembly finally get it right? They have passed so many resolutions, but avoided the one resolution that is the real obstacle to Middle East peace: terrorism,” said the Wiesenthal Center’s Dean and Founder, Rabbi Marvin Hier. “Israel has signed peace accords with Egypt and Jordan, and an unofficial peace exists between Israel and Syria, but that was possible only because those countries have not allowed terrorists to operate on their soil and launch attacks against Israel.

Terrorism erodes confidence and destroys any possibility for moderation and compromise. No nation sitting in the chamber of the United Nations facing similar terrorist attacks would act differently than Israel,” Hier concluded.

The Center’s online petition shows photographs and contains detailed information about the ‘gang of four’:

Yassir Arafat, leader of Fatah
Led by Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat, the Tanzim (al-Aqsa Brigades) is the armed wing of Fatah, the largest faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Tanzim was established as a quasi-military force to offset the growing power of other Palestinian Islamist groups. The group targets civilians and has carried out indiscriminate bombings of buses and restaurants without any regard for human life.

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas leader
Radical Islamic organization that defines its highest priority as Jihad (Holy War) for the liberation of Palestine and the establishment of an Islamic Palestine "from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River". It has become the leading perpetrator of horrific crimes against humanity unknown since the days of the infamous S.S. and voices the strongest opposition to the peace process through its deliberate suicide attacks against innocent Israeli men, women and children.

Dr. Ramadan Shalah, leader of the Islamic Jihad
Founded by Palestinian students in Egypt, they have become the most prominent Palestinian terrorist group to adopt Islamic Jihad ideology. It views the "Zionist Jewish entity," Israel, as the main enemy of the Muslim brothers and the first target for destruction. It promises suicide bombers who leave behind their families a ticket to heaven, which includes palaces, virgins and eternal wealth.

Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader
Established as an organizational body for Shi'ite fundamentalists led by religious clerics who use terror and hatred of Jews as a means of attaining political objectives. The destruction of Israel and the liberation of Jerusalem are deemed a religious obligation.

The petition concludes:
If the UN is going to pass another Middle East resolution, then it should finally pass the one that can lead the way to peace in the Middle East - CONDEMN TERRORISM NOW!
The Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.

For more information, contact the Wiesenthal Center's Public Relations Department at (310) 553-9036.