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Letter to Kofi Anan, Secretary General of The United Nations

To The Secretary General
His Excellency, Mr. Kofi Anan
The United Nations

Fax (212) 963-7055

Sir

Your well meant TV advice to Israel, to negotiate with Hamas rather than pre-empt their terror attacks, is unfortunately unrealistic for the simple reason that Hamas completely rejects any solution other than the destruction of Israel. Article 13 of its covenant unambiguously states "Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. 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".

That this attitude remains a guiding principle of Hamas was confirmed by Hamas leader Dr. Rantisi who told NY Times journalist Joel Binkley, "We in Hamas believe peace talks will do no good. We do not believe we can live with the enemy.'"

It was, therefore, patently impossible to have negotiated a peaceful solution with a leader like Yassin who founded a movement which generates terror by spreading fanciful conspiracy theories, bordering on megalomania. One almost amusing example of this irrationality, which you Sir, will appreciate better than most, relates to the very organization over which you preside. Article 22 of the Hamas covenant categorizes the UN and the Security Council as creations of, and ruled by, Zionists.

In the light of the above and the following facts of which you appear to be unaware, I urge you to please reconsider your outright condemnation of Israel for the assassination of Sheik Yassin. I ask this , because of the very real danger, that by condemning Israel while ignoring the sins of Yassin and Hamas, terror movements world wide will interpret the lack of balance as approval of their dastardly activities by none other than the UN..

That Hamas leaves absolutely no room for peaceful negotiation is confirmed in article 13 of its covenant which unambiguously states "Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. .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.".

It is not surprising that Yassin was targeted by the Israelis. Hamas under Yassin, has been responsible for some of the cruelest attacks on uninvolved civilians, including the elderly, infants, invalids, Jews and Arabs alike. Hamas is not merely suspected of these terror attacks, it proudly and publicly claims responsibility in the media.

In the NY times April 4, 2003, journalist Joel Brinkley reported on an interview with four Hamas leaders. Mahmoud al-Zahar told Brinkley with a smile.. "Forty were killed and 200 injured in just two operations.," Another told Brinkley proudly that Hamas was using weapons-grade explosives. Removing doubt about a distinction between the political and military wing of Hamas, Dr. Rantisi, said that, to generate attacks, he makes public statements that are heard by his followers, as he did recently when he said in a television interview: 'The gates of resistance are open totally.' Those statements are heard by Hamas' military wing, he says, 'and they listen because we are the political leaders."

During the 45-minute interview in Yassin's compound, aides twice brought him urgent news about developments in Ramallah, and he issued clear, direct orders.

"On the night of the Passover attack, Dr. Zahar released a statement saying it was intended in part to shut down the cease-fire negotiations then under way, directed by Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, the American special envoy.

In these and the following circumstances I trust Sir, that you will accept that the execution of Sheik Yassin was fully justified and serves the interests of the international struggle against terror.

That Hamas is a threat even to moderate Arab states is demonstrated by the fact that it has been outlawed in Jordan. The UN ignores at its peril, the danger to the Western way of life posed by Hamas. While its immediate goal is the violent destruction of Israel, this is only a first step towards the ultimate goal of Islamic fundamentalists to impose Islamic rule on all infidels world wide by means of Jihad, a religious war against all infidels. Jihad is not directed only against Jews, but against all infidels. An infidel or kafir, according to the Koran refers to an unbeliever or an idolater, that is a person who does not believe specifically in the revelations of God to the Prophet Mohamed. Jews, Christians, Buddhists and all other non Muslims are all regarded as infidels.

Hamas with its dedication to imposing Islamic rule, regards even the PLO as insufficiently dedicated to Islam. Article Twenty-Seven of the Hamas covenant spells it out. "The day the Palestinian Liberation Organization adopts Islam as its way of life, we will become its soldiers, and fuel for its fire will burn the enemies. Until such a day, and we pray to Allah that it will be soon, the Islamic Resistance Movement's stand towards the PLO is that of the son towards his father, the brother towards his brother, and the relative to relative, suffers his pain and supports him in confronting the enemies, wishing him to be wise and well-guided."

The promise of loot for those who are successful in battle and heavenly reward for the slain which has been used so successfully to seduce gullible youngsters to become suicide bombers is derived directly from the Koran. "God is sponsor for him who goeth forth to fight on the road of God (Sabilu llah). If he be not killed, he shall return to his house with rewards and booty, but if he be slain, he shall be taken to Paradise."

The imaginative irrationality of the Hamas concept is illustrated by its obsessive phobia about freemasons, rotary clubs, Lions and similar organizations which are mentioned in no less than three of the articles of  the covenant. Article 17 dealing with the role of the Muslim woman warns That is why you find them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs&. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs of life, these organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be obliterated.

Article 22 accuses these groups of everything from control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses and broadcasting stations, stirring the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most other revolutions They are alleged to have formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests, controlling imperialistic countries and instigating them to colonize many countries to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption.

..They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, &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 .

Article Twenty-Eight again refers to espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. .. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.

It is perfectly obvious that the horrible acts of terror carried out by Hamas are motivated not by any intention to arrive at a resolution of the conflict, but by irrational fanatical considerations. In the circumstances, it is difficult to conceive any alternative defensive action, which Israel could have logically taken.

Sincerely

Maurice Ostroff
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