Hamas Must Be Charged With Crimes Against Humanity

October 8, 2023

SWC Mourns the Loss of Lives, Prays for the Injured and Kidnapped
Message from the Simon Wiesenthal Center at the conclusion of the Jewish Holiday of Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret:
The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) mourns the murder and maiming of hundreds of Israeli innocent civilians and soldiers during an unprovoked, sneak attack on Israeli sovereign territory by Hamas terrorists.

We call for the speedy recovery and the safe return of Israeli and American citizens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in coordinated attacks unleashed by the Iranians and their Palestinian proxies.

Hamas, and those supporting and training them for this terrorist onslaught, must be charged with crimes against humanity by the international community. Any nation attacked in this manner would retaliate immediately.

The SWC is grateful to President Biden for his support including additional military assistance. At the same time, it is clear that the US must immediately snapback sanctions on the Iranian regime to choke off the financial backing that was so crucial to the terrorist onslaught.

We also urge UN Secretary-General António Guterres to immediately cancel the ongoing the UN Human Rights Council’s  open-ended inquiry which is nothing more than a kangaroo court to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel.

In addition, all social media giants must immediately, carefully review their current rules which are often circumvented by Hamas terrorists and their supporters in pursuit of murdering more Jews.

Finally, it’s past due for the major donor nations to UNWRA to cut off all” educational funds” to an institution whose facilities and educational program benefit only Hamas and like institutions.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).


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