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Sunday, March 18, 2012

UN Human Rights Council invites Hamas official to speak

From Ma'an:
Senior Hamas official Ismail al-Ashqar is set to speak before the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, a statement said.

Al-Ashqar arrived in Switzerland on Sunday, ahead of a talk which will address the issue of Hamas members being held in Israeli jails, the statement added.
Ismail al-Ashqar is perhaps Hamas' foremost expert on human rights.

He has publicly called for Hamas to kidnap lots of Israeli soldiers:
"More of Shalit's kind are coming," Hamas lawmaker Ismail al-Ashqar vowed, adding that the "efforts to kidnap soldiers will continue until all Palestinian prisoners are freed."
That happens to be a war crime, or, as the UNHRC might call it, "proper resistance against the scourge of Zionism."

Another statement that Ashqar has given, that makes him truly a perfect person to testify before the UN Human Rights Council, is that "Jerusalem cannot be liberated through negotiations or dialogue ... resistance and Jihad is the only way to liberate Jerusalem from the dirt of the Zionist occupation."

Obviously, Ashqar is all about human rights. The UNHRC should be honored to add him, and Hamas, to their roster of distinguished supporters and members.

(h/t Challah Hu Akbar)