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March 31, 2003

PA official calls for Israel's 'elimination'

"The Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded Sunday the recall of the Palestinian observer to the UN Human Rights Commission for calling for the "elimination" of Israel...
In addition to calling for Israel's elimination, Samuels(the Center's representative to the Human Rights Commission) said, Nabil Ramlawi repeatedly compared Nazism and "new Zionist Nazism," and at one point said Zionist Nazism was worse than German Nazism.
Samuel, in his letter to de Mello(the High Commissioner), said, "This call for the elimination of Israel may reveal the true intentions of the PA, but such language should have resulted in the immediate intervention of the session's chairperson, Libyan Ambassador Najat al-Hajjaji." Samuels also called on the high commissioner to "censure Ms. al-Hajjaji for her abuse of power in not restraining Ramlawi's excesses."

In a related matter, the Wiesenthal Center Monday called on the Human Rights Commission to launch a "a full and thorough investigation of UNRWA's expenditure and employment practices" and "to establish an independent committee to restructure what has become an agent for the perpetuation of the Middle East conflict."
Samuels also slammed UNRWA head Peter Hansen, who in April 2002 said that in Jenin, Israel had perpetrated "a human catastrophe that has few parallels in recent history."

"The Hansen story," Samuels said, "entered the annals of 'Big Lie' revisionism, exacerbating further Palestinian hatred and politicizing UNRWA as an instrument of propaganda and incitement.""

Read in the same issue,Mar. 31, 2003, Views of a UN 'human rights' body, by Anne Bayefsky , an expert in the matter.