December 9, 2014
As you know, there has been an unprecedented spike in anti-Semitic violence and rhetoric across Europe. Now, we are faced with vote after vote in European Parliaments endorsing a Palestinian state without borders.
Five European Countries: England, Spain, France, Sweden, and Ireland with Belgium likely to follow, have already voted to endorse a Palestinian state – bypassing direct negotiations with the State of Israel. The European Parliament will soon be voting as well.
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.
You can help by taking two important steps today:
1. Sign the enclosed petition: Demand that each of these Parliaments pass a long overdue resolution requiring Hamas, which the European Union lists as a terrorist organization, finally revoke its anti-Semitic charter, which also calls for the destruction of Israel.
2. Please make a generous contribution to the Simon Wiesenthal Center: Your urgently needed support ensures we can make our voices heard in European capitals, in the international media and across the globe.
And if European parliaments truly care about democracy and human rights, they will finally act against Hamas’ 1988 founding charter, which says, among other things:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it … They [Jews] strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media . . . [S]tirred revolutions . . . . They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution. . . . They 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.”
Failure to pass this new resolution will only confirm to friends of Israel around the world that a double standard is being practiced by many European parliamentarians who apparently are only willing to accept the validity of the Arab narrative in the Middle East. Such a recourse would be a blow to the cause of peace and to the prospects of a two-state solution.
Please sign this petition and share it with friends and families. To make an impact, we need to quickly generate at least 50,000 petitions. Our Paris office will deliver each and every signed petition. We cannot do this alone – please act today.
Rabbi Marvin Hier
Dean and Founder