Daniel Swindell

While Declaring War

Currently, the Palestinian Authority have an, “observer state” status in the United Nations. Last December, the PA attempted to pass a resolution to obtain an independent state and gain full membership in the UN, despite the fact that they were (and still are) in a unity government with Hamas.  Although many countries voted in favor, the resolution failed.  If certain countries voted in favor, while others voted against, then this raises the question – what are the requirements necessary to gain membership in the UN?  The requirements for admittance are explained in the UN Charter, but an absolute necessity is based on the agreement to respect, “the principle of the sovereign equality of all members… in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership.”

Yet, Hamas stands for, “Islamic Resistance Movement,” and when The UN Charter and Hamas Charter are compared, the evidence is irrefutable that Hamas cannot be granted membership because: 1) Hamas refuses to recognize UN authority, 2) Hamas refuses to stop declaring War on another UN member, and 3) Hamas refuses to recognize basic human rights.  Let’s address each of the three above obstacles individually.

First, Hamas refuses to recognize the legal authority of the UN to make decisions.  The League of Nations (which became the UN) recognized Israel almost 70 years ago.  Hamas does not acknowledge the legal authority of this decision, and instead redefines Israel as Palestine.

Every time the Hamas Charter uses the word, “Palestine,” it is referring to modern Israel.  According to Hamas, the land of Israel is a “waqf” meaning, “an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.” The Hamas Charter states, “Palestine (Israel) is an Islamic Waqf.”  Since, Israel is a “religious endowment” it belongs exclusively to Muslim authority and, “no one can renounce it or part of it… nor has that right any organization.”  In other words, Israel is Islamic land, and no person or organization has the authority to give it to non-Muslims. Thus, it is an undeniable fact that Hamas does not recognize the authority of, “ any organization,” including the UN.

Second, Hamas refuses to stop declaring war against an existing UN member.  Hamas, “strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine (Israel)…Hamas is one of the links in the chain of Jihad… It links up with the… Muslim Brotherhood who fought the Holy War.” How long will this “Holy War” continue?  “Israel will rise and will remain standing, until Islam eliminates it.”  In sharp contrast, the UN was created to prevent war on UN members.  The UN Charter states, “The Purposes of the United Nations are… to take effective collective measures… for the suppression of acts of aggression.”  If Hamas is admitted as a UN member, while actively declaring war on another UN member, then the raison d’etre for the existence of the UN is nullified.

Third, Hamas refuses to recognize the sanctity of life of an entire ethnic group. The UN Charter stipulates that each group admitted recognizes, “respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.”  In a sad contrast, the Palestinians are possibly the only group in the world which voted for a government with a Legal Charter calling for the religious murder of an entire ethnic group.  The Hamas Charter states, “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews).”  There is no reason to believe this should not be read literally.

In conclusion, the PA and Hamas have not agreed to the necessary terms of membership, and therefore cannot be admitted.  The Palestinian Leadership has not been “denied” the right to enter the UN, but rather has refused.  The Palestinian campaign to upgrade their UN status is simply a tactic to bypass negotiations with Israel, because they do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.  But, if Hamas will not renounce violence to enter the UN, then what could possibly be their incentive after they have been admitted?  There were many countries which voted to grant the PA and Hamas membership in the UN.  The nations voting in favor have perhaps decided that Hamas has been a thorn in the flesh too long, and instead of expecting Hamas to rise to the level of basic moral decency, these nations have decided to simply lower the standards.  Sadly, the bar they have decided to lower is lowered at the price of Jewish lives.  By voting, “yes” these countries have set a new principle in the UN:  that you cannot enter the UN if you are declaring war on a member of the UN – unless it’s on Israel.  You cannot enter the UN if you want to impose Radical Islamic Law – unless it’s on Israel.  You cannot enter the UN if you call for the religious murder of an entire ethnic group – unless it’s Jews.

About the Author
Daniel Swindell is a Zionist. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, and has studied in Yeshiva.