Declaration Against Genocide

Despite more than a decade of genocide in southern Sudan against Christians, animists and now African Muslims (not Arab and insufficiently Muslim, you see), only a heroic few—like American Anti-Slavery Group co-founder Charles Jacobs and Village Voice reporter Nat Hentoff have done much to stop them.

Congratulations, therefore, to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, for widely circulating a “Declaration against Genocide,” with an urgent request that organizations and individuals (especially college and graduate students and faculty members) quickly sign it.

Horowitz courageously cites the Islamic origins of the latest calls for genocide: His Freedom Center asks “all campus groups to repudiate the genocidal passage in the Islamic Hadith” reading: “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: ‘The time [of judgment] will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him’!”

Furthermore, he specifically calls on the Muslim Students Association, to condemn the Hamas Charter, which states: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

Declaration signatories also reject Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for “a world without America and Israel.”

And of course they repudiate Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who labels the Jewish people “a cancer … liable to spread again at any moment,” and boasts that, “If the Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

For several years, the Freedom Center has actively participated in the fight against genocide, as in FrontPageMagazine, where many of its writers (myself included) have covered the Sudanese and Darfur genocides in the hopes of stopping them.

So it will be particularly interesting to see reactions from such parties as George Soros’ MoveOn.org, and the purported “encyclopedia,” SourceWatch. On its “news” page on Feb. 14, 2008, the latter feigned concern about victims of jihad genocide in Sudan and Darfur—but only so as to deride celebrities like Steven Spielberg and corporate sponsors of China’s Olympic games for trying to “keep quiet” on the issue.

And where does SourceWatch stand? Well, not in the humanitarian ranks, certainly. The Tides Foundation-funded charity has itself been pretty quiet, actually—and does not report global condemnation of Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir’s Islamic Khartoum government; it only states (as if doubting the reality) “The U.S. Department of State has ‘labelled’ [sic] Sudan a state sponsor of terrorism.”


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Alyssa A. Lappen is a U.S.-based investigative journalist. She is currently Managing Editor at the Leeb Group. A former Senior Fellow of the American Center for Democracy (2005-2008); she is also a former Senior Editor of Institutional Investor (1993-1999), Working Woman (1991-1993) and Corporate Finance (1991).

She served six of her 12 years at Forbes (1978-1990) as an Associate Editor. Ms. Lappen was also a staff reporter at The New Haven Register (1975-1977).

During a decade as a freelance, her work appeared in Big Peace, Pajamas Media, Front Page Magazine, American Thinker, Right Side News, Family Security Matters, the Washington Times and many other Internet and print journals. Ms. Lappen also contributed to the Terror Finance Blog, among others.

She supports the right of journalists worldwide to write without fear or restriction on politics, governments, international affairs, terrorism, terror financing and religious support for terrorism, among other subjects.

Ms. Lappen is also an accomplished poet. Her first full-length collection, The Minstrel’s Song, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in April 2015. Her poems have been published in the 2nd 2007 edition of Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and both 2007 issues of Wales‘ award-winning Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Magazine.

Dozens of her poems have appeared in print and online literary journals and books. She won the 2000 annual Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry chapbook award and has received a Harvard Summer Poetry Prize and several honorable mentions.

Alyssa A. Lappen can be reached at alyssaalappen@alyssaalappen.org

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