Hamas’s deputy speaker also had some threatening words to say regarding the negotiations over the release of Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1000+ Palestinian prisoners. Ahmad Bahr called for Palestinian militants to seize more Israeli soldiers as leverage for future exchanges of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. “The popular, political, media and diplomatic efforts inside and outside can never be an alternative to the military efforts to rescue our prisoners from the oppressive occupation’s prisons,” Bahr declared in a press statement. “We should be tireless of making every possible effort to seize Zionist soldiers and exchange them through prisoners swap deals.”
Ahmad Bahr is a representative of the Hamas senior leadership, which is poised to join Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party in a “unity” Palestinian government. His hateful incitement to violence is broadcast on television to Palestinians, who lap up his every word and are poised to act out his threats. Nevertheless, Richard Falk, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, just delivered to the UN General Assembly his latest one-sided report attacking Israel as the obstacle to peace.
At Falk’s October 20th press briefing at UN headquarters, I asked him to comment both on Bahr’s televised call for “Jihad-waging Palestinian people” to “sweep” out the “siblings of apes and pigs” and his call for Hamas to kidnap more Israeli soldiers. After first saying that a critical look at Hamas’s abuses and responsibility for violence was not part of his “mandate,” Falk descended into the swamp of moral relativism. Without citing any specific evidence, he claimed that the same “irresponsible kind of talk” occurred in Israel’s Knesset “that makes very wild accusations.”
Ahmad Bahr, the deputy speaker of Hamas’s Palestinian Legislative Council and possible leader in a future “unity” government, is an all too typical voice of Palestinian hatred and incitement to violence against Jews, broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV and via other propaganda media. Falk and his ilk at the United Nations are Bahr’s enablers.
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